Last Stop on Market Street (Hardcover)

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This book has everything going for it; simple, eloquent text; vibrant pictures and most of all a celebration of what really matters in life. CJ's grandmother is the best teacher, offering insight and instruction in an easy encouraging manner. The ways she shows CJ the delights of the mundane, how to see the beauty in the seemingly ugly are wonderful. Last Stop is a colorful exploration of the city and the unexpected joys found on a Sunday morning bus ride.

— From Michael

An inclusive and affirming snapshot of city life, this picture book follows CJ and his grandmother as they depart church and take a bus ride to the very last stop on Market Street. CJ wishes they could take a car home, but his grandmother shows him the beauty that exists all around him in the city, especially on the city bus. Christian Robinson's illustrations are timeless and full of compassion that CJ learns along the way. A gorgeous read. 

— From Niki



Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal
A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015
A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2015

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.

About the Author

Matt de la Peña ( is the author of several critically-acclaimed young adult novels, as well as the celebrated picture book A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis. Matt lives in Brooklyn, NY. Follow him on Twitter @mattdelapena Christian Robinson ( is the winner of the 2014 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, as well as the 2013 Marion Vannett Ridgeway Honor. Christian lives in San Francisco, California.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780399257742
ISBN-10: 0399257748
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 8th, 2015
Pages: 32
Language: English