Perfect Picture Book Friday! Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena

HELLLLOOOO Blogosphere! Happy Friday! What could be better than Perfect Picture Book Friday you ask? (well maybe you didn’t but let’s just pretend you did)

Well, I’ll tell you! How about Perfect Picture Book Friday and I get a TWO hour delay from school!



Not so excited about that?  Well I am pretty ding-dang-dong excited about that.

OKAY how about this –

After you get done reading about my pick for this week’s Perfect Picture Book Friday you click on over the Felicia and my vlog – The Write Chat where we have an all new episode for your viewing pleasure! This month we interview the amazingly talented BIG BOOK author – BART KING!


What is Mr. King’s Dream job?

Why are we interviewing an egg?

Are girls allowed to read the BIG BOOK OF BOY STUFF and are boys allowed to read the BIG BOOK OF GIRL STUFF?

How does Bart King (who is NOT a girl) write a BIG BOOK OF GIRL STUFF anyway?

All these and many more questions will be answered in this exciting episode of THE WRITE CHAT!

Click HERE to go THERE (but only after you read my PPBF post 😉 ).


Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it was illustrated by Christian Robinson, and I like his works. That’s what caught my eye, but there is a lot more to the book.

laststopLast Stop on Market Street

By Matt De La Peña

Illustrated by Christian Robinson

32 pages – ages 3+
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on January 8, 2015

Theme/Topic- Appreciation

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “CJ pushed through the church doors, skipped down the steps.”

Synopsis (from publisher) – “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.”

Why I liked this book- 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.

Activities and Resources-

A great activity is to volunteer to help other people like CJ and his Nana did. There are a lot of places you can go to help – just with your family or maybe your whole class room.

I found this list of activities called “Gratitude Games.” They are ways of having kids remember all they have to be thankful for. Click HERE to get it.

Of course the Bucket Fillers activities are a great way to have and show appreciation. Click HERE.


To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9

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38 replies

  1. Sounds like a paw-some book, Erik! Thank you for sharing and yippee on “The Write Chat” episode! We all agree that is was the most fun to record so far. Enjoy your school delay.
    ~The Gang

  2. What an inspiring book. I want to check it out! It’s the kind of book I’d want a grandchild to read. The many things the boy doesn’t have were common a short 10-20-30 years ago. Not everyone had a cell phone in the 90s, let alone an iPad. So, it is refreshing to see how the grandmother shows the boy what is really important in life. Can’t want to read it.

  3. This sounds like a very meaningful book. It is nice to see books about grandparent-grandchild relationships. I hope it encourages children to volunteer and understand others less fortunate. You always pick the best books!! Have a great weekend.

  4. I love Christian Robinson’s work, too, Erik. He came to our school this past year and was a big hit! I’ll have to check this one out. Thanks for featuring! Now, I guess I’d better take a look at your crazy interview. 😀

  5. Yes, this book is amazing! I’m so glad that it has received so much recognition! Great review!

  6. School delay AND a fantastic looking PB AND a way-cool interview? Gah!

  7. Glad that your late start made you pretty ding-dang-dong excited. Super PB to share about being grateful for the awesomeness in one’s world!

  8. You beta me to it. I was going to review this next week. I saw Matt de la Pena present this at Books of Wonder a couple of weeks ago. Very cool multicultural PB.

  9. I like the message in this book. It’s kind of like looking at the world through the eyes of a doggie. We can see the good and the magic in everything. And it’s brand new every day!

    Love and licks,

  10. A journey with grandma, and a gift for seeing beyond the surface – sounds like a winner.

  11. I think it’s a great idea to have stories that include nanas. This sounds just lovely. Not all children are privileged enough to be surrounded by luxury, and I think it’s very important that virtue, perspective, compassion, strength and resourcefulness are valued in stories.

  12. I really want to read this one! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I liked your activity ideas, too.

  13. This picturebook sounds great! And I love the vlog–very cool.

  14. I’ve been eyeing this book. It seems to have a lovely philosophy. Kind of like Winnie the Pooh. Kind of like a dog’s eye view of the world. Life is good! Thanks Erik!!! 😛

  15. I’ve been dying to read this book, Erik, and now after your review I REALLY want to! It sounds terrific! And you interview with Mr. King sounds hilarious and when I get 5 minutes I’m going to go watch it! Your link was messed up, so if you noticed lower traffic than usual that might be why. I just fixed it, so hopefully it will work now!

  16. I’m liking the sound of this book, Erik. Great find!

  17. I haven’t found this one yet. I’m having no luck this week on the list. We were out of school today! So, I’m catching up on my book list. Thank you for recommending this.

  18. Erik, I watched and TOTALLY enjoyed The Write Chat with Bart. You guys do great interviews 😀 And I’ve been seeing LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET all over the place! I’m surprised you didn’t “bookworm” it 😀

  19. I just found this in the bookstore last night. It’s terrific! Thanks, again, for the recommendation!

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