A young boy wants to play a board fame with his family, but they are too busy. So he goes off to play a video game by himself. Then the lights go off. Now everyone can play a board game! The family has a great time together until it gets too hot. They head to the roof and find their neighbors having a party. Everyone enjoys the break from the electricity and enjoys the company of their friends. Eventually the lights come back on and the family goes back to their electric activities only to realize that they were having more fun before.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Blackout has a great message that just might lead to your family turning off your devices and enjoying an evening together. The pictures are great. Most families will be able to identify with the characters and make connections to their lives.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

My daughter loved Blackout. I talked her through the pictures the first time because I wanted to make sure she understood what was happening. She got it and she loved it. She loves nothing more than having her family' attention so it really hit home for her.

Parent Reaction

I had actually read this book before and absolutely love it. This is the type of book I would buy for myself. It is a good reminder to pay attention to your children and the simple things in life. You can feel the love between the family members and appreciate the sense of community between the neighbors when they all head outside. I was a little worried that the concept might be a little too advanced but she got it and really enjoyed it.

Type of Book:
This is a story about family and being together in the moment.
Educational Themes:

The book creates an easy opportunity to open discussions (or a family meeting) about ways of connecting with each other. It illustrates how family and community are important, as well as creative problem solving.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 4-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! I love this book and I believe that adults can learn as much from it as children. A good reminder to pay attention to the things that really matter.

Title Blackout
Author John Rocco
Publisher Disney-Hyperion © 2011
Illustrators John Rocco
ISBN 9781423121909
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Family, Problem Solving, Life Lessons
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