I wasn’t intending to post today. I was doing errands, walking our dog and visting a friend. But then I saw a stack of new Inly library books on my desk and decided to look at one of the picture books I’ve been most looking forward to – Blackout by John Rocco. The author, according to the back flap, lives in Brooklyn, New York where he and his family have “experienced their share of memorable summer blackouts.”
The book opens with pictures of 21st century family life. Everyone is too busy. The young daughter is hoping to find someone to play a board game with her, but you can see by the cell phones and computers that she should consider a game of solitaire. Until the lights go out and they can finally see the stars rather than the glow of their screens. This is the perfect family read aloud – preferably by candlelight – on a warm August night.