Last Stop on Market Street

Matt de la Peña

This is an exceptional example of a simple story with big implications, beautifully told and shown. On a Sunday bus ride from church with his grandma, CJ’s curiosity comes out in a series of questions. CJ’s Grandma always has a thoughtful answer, like in this excerpt:


“CJ looked around as he stepped off the bus.
crumbling sidewalks and broken-down doors,
graffiti-tagged windows and boarded-up stores.
He reached for his nana’s hand.
“How come it’s always so dirty over here?”
She smiled and pointed to the sky.
“Sometimes when you’re surrounded by dirt, CJ, you’re a better witness for what’s beautiful.”


Robinson’s vibrant and playful illustrations accentuate this theme, and remind us of Ezra Jack Keats’s classic style in “The Snowy Day.”

Illustrator Christian Robinson
Page Count 32
Part of a Series? No
Age Level 4 — 5 — 6 — 7 — 8

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