Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal
A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015
A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2015
Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.
This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations.
About the Author
Christian Robinson (www.theartoffun.com) is the winner of the 2014 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, as well as the 2013 Marion Vannett Ridgeway Honor. Christian lives in San Francisco, California.
What People are Saying About This
Praise for LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET:
A Winter 2014-2015 Kids' Indie Next Pick!
“This celebration of cross-generational bonding is a textual and artistic tour de force.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Like still waters, de la Peña and Robinson’s story runs deep. It finds beauty in unexpected places, explores the difference between what’s fleeting and what lasts, acknowledges inequality, and testifies to the love shared by an African-American boy and his grandmother.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The urban setting is truly reflective, showing people with different skin colors, body types, abilities, ages, and classes in a natural and authentic manner… A lovely title.”—School Library Journal
“It's also the warmth of [the]intergenerational relationship that will make this book so satisfying, for both young readers and the adults sharing it with them.”—New York Times Book Review
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very inspiring book. It helps you see the wonders of the world, even in places you wouldn’t expect. Mr. Robinson’s art really compliments Mr. De La Peña’s story. It has that warm feeling and points to all the things that matter. I like how the twist at the end of the story reveals that CJ and his Nana go to help others. I noticed that CJ’s Nana never really shushes CJ for asking questions, like about a blind man – “How come that man can’t see?” and his Nana replies “…Some people watch the world with their ears.” That line made me smile. Mr. De La Peña has written a great picture book which makes me want to see the awesomeness in everything around me.
I love love this book! It is about a poor famliy who lives in the city. CJs grandma is right, you don't need money to be happy. ?! Absoultly good. T
Last Stop on Market Street (Hardcover) by Matt de la Pena on Tor books list of books to teach about differences and diversity. A young boy has to go on a trip with his grandmother after church every week. He complains, and fusses like all children. But grandmother has something to show him about the real world. She shows him the differences and how to accept and appreciate them. That music should be played my musicians not headphones. That kindness is in the simple acts of strangers, and that the soup kitchen she volunteers in has a lot to teach him. A great story of community, changing perspective and learning value.
My son and I both delighted in this Newbery-winning tale of CJ and his grandmother's bus ride one Sunday after church. CJ doesn't understand why they have to take the bus instead of riding in a car. His grandmother answers all of his questions and points out the value of the bus ride. I had assumed they were on their way home, but not so. Their journey leads them to a soup kitchen, where they serve lunch every Sunday. I wanted to read this book with my son because it highlights economic differences, and I thought it would be a good conversation starter. It was! But it not only allowed me to discuss why some people don't have cars; I was able to discuss poverty and service with my son as well. I loved the poetic, although not rhyming, language in this book as well. And CJ speaks very colloquially, which was very authentic. This book is a wonderful picture book for all ages, but I especially enjoyed it because it brought up deeper topics which make picture books more valuable when reading with my almost 6 year old. http://www.momsradius.com/2016/03/kid-lit-last-stop-on-market-street.html
There are terrific messages inside this book. I loved the way Nana shared her world with CJ, never preaching to him but showing him that there is something besides what you see on the outside. That you should judge something just by looking at it but you should discover more about that person or that item for everyone has a story or is more exciting than you think. She was patient person and she gave of herself. I also enjoyed the illustrations of the book, they showed lots of diversity and I loved the rich language the author used. The author strung words together to paint wonderful pictures in my mind as I read. Bright colors filled the pages with black font made this a wonderful storybook. As CJ is ushered out of church one Sunday with his Nana, he is tired of the same routine and as his voice echoes his complaints; his Nana shows him that the world around him is more than just what he sees. CJ wants what other individuals have and he is tired of same routine every Sunday. He does not everything and as child, he does not understand why he cannot have the few things that he wants. Nana personality is friendly and warm as they make their way to their destination. The destination is half the fun as Nana enjoys showing CJ interesting people and items along the way. Trees and buses are not just everyday items in her world for she makes them come alive and fun for CJ. CJ is all ears as he takes in everything Nana is sharing and he offers questions and comments along the way. CJ’s horizon is expanding. By listening to Nana, he begins to realize that what they do have works for them. It fits their lifestyle and it’s perfect for them. As they finally reach their destination, having viewed the streets along this path in a new light, CJ has a new outlook on his life and beauty has a new definition. 4.5 stars
Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandmother get on the bus and ride it across town. None of CJ's friends do this. On the ride CJ wonders why they don't have a car like his friend Colby. Or an iPod like other boys on the bus. CJ wonders why they have to ride the bus all the way to the dirty part of town. Grandma answers each question thoughtfully as she reminds CJ that sometimes a journey is more important than the destination in Last Stop on Market Street (2015) by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson. Last Stop on Market Street is de la Peña's first picture book. Brightly colored illustrations from Robinson make this book pop from the cover through to the last page. Robinson's bold, blocky style helps pictures pop--even from a distance if reading this to a group--and draws the reader's eye across each spread. De la Peña has an ear for dialogue which comes across in CJ's authentic conversations with his grandmother wondering about all the cool (to CJ) things that they lack. While I was surprised to see CJ's diction was never corrected when he asked "how come we don't got a car?" it did feel like a real kid talking throughout the story. CJ's grandmother reminds him to be grateful for little things (like an exciting bus, a guitarist on the bus who plays a song, and so on) while the pair rides across town to their final destination--a soup kitchen where CJ and his grandmother volunteer. Last Stop on Market Street is a fun story with enough text (and surprises) to make it a great choice for older picture book readers. Discussion points and Robinson's artwork also make it a great choice to read to a group. Hopefully the first of many picture books to come from de la Peña!