Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

marketstreetMatt de la Peña is known for his YA novels (Mexican White Boy, The Living) and for his insightful commentary on the power of books for young readers. Now here’s a picture book from him that is both tender and real, speaking to the material inequities of life and a child’s first encounter with hard questions.

This starred review from Kirkus calls Last Stop on Market Street a “textual and artistic tour de force. The relationship between Nana and CJ draws the story through the urban setting with which Robinson’s glowing art works visual magic.

Most of all, wonder infuses the story as the characters cross from real to imaginary and back again. It makes me happy to find this talented writer turning his attention to the youngest readers.