Last Stop on Market Street

Matt de la Peña
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.


Reviewed: 2020-12-01

This book finds magic in ordinary life. The main characters, CJ and Nana, volunteer at a soup kitchen in a poor part of town. CJ, a young boy, detests the work, but his grandmother always sees the beauty in it. CJ and Nana take a bus down Market Street to reach their stop. Along the way, CJ grudges their journey, while Nana turns his outlook around by pointing out the good things. I enjoy this book for its unique moral. It encourages optimism in a subtle way, pointing out the magic in everyday life. This story will teach kids to think positively and search for magic in the mundane. Submitted by: Will C.

Reviewed: 2019-11-30
Reviewed: 2019-02-06

Even the smallest character in this story is vibrant. Mr. Dennis, the bus driver, shows CJ that magic can be found everywhere and Nana expounds on that notion. The blind man teaches CJ that you do not need sight to see. Nana is a wonderfully nurturant parent and helps to guide CJ through the plot as he changes from disliking the thought of the soup kitchen, to understanding of the happiness that can be found by helping people. This book makes for eager reading. As it continued, I wanted to know where Nana and CJ were headed as that crucial detail was left out until very near the end. The urban setting is brought to life by the lovely illustrations, which complement the story. They always broaden understanding and never detract from the main point. The art especially lends to the beauty found in closing one's eyes and enjoying the music of the moment. The theme of finding beauty wherever you are is stamped on every page. The illustrations are also delightfully diverse and all the representations I saw seem to be interesting and expressive, not relying on stereotypes at all. Though this book, might be most at home in the 4 to 8 years old crowd, I think that it would be a good addition as a warm-up in older classes as well because there is so much to discuss.

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#laststoponmarket... This book shows someone how to grow up and be a good person.
#laststoponmarket... Teaches kids to value the simple things in life. LA activity: Author's purpose poster.
#laststoponmarket... I actually have this book, it is one of my kids favorites. Grandma is very encouraging to her grandchild.
#laststoponmarket won the 2016 Newbery Medal, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and a Caldecott Honor.
#laststoponmarket...This story is about a young boy named CJ and his grandmother who helped him appreciate his community.
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