John Rocco

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One hot summer night in the city, all the power goes out. The TV shuts off and a boy wails, "Mommm!" His sister can no longer use the phone, Mom can't work on her computer, and Dad can't finish cooking dinner. What's a family to do?

When they go up to the roof to escape the heat, they find the lights--in stars that can be seen for a change--and so many neighbors it's like a block party in the sky! On the street below, people are having just as much fun--talking, rollerblading, and eating ice cream before it melts. The boy and his family enjoy being not so busy for once. They even have time to play a board game together. When the electricity is restored, everything can go back to normal . . . but not everyone likes normal. The boy switches off the lights, and outcomes the board game again.

Book Reviews

"Stanley Tucci's narration does Rocco proud." - AudioFile

"a heart-warming treat. Highly recommended." -***, Video Librarian

About the Author

John Rocco has held a wide variety of jobs in his life, from working in the shellfishing industry to designing attractions for Walt Disney World’s Epcot, to creating illustrations for the DreamWorks movie “Shrek.” Since 2005 his focus has been on creating children’s books, such as Wolf! Wolf!, a Borders Original Voices Award-winner; Moonpowder; and Fu Finds the Way. He has also created the cover artwork for Rick Riordan’s best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Kane Chronicles series. John and his family live in Brooklyn, New York, where they have experienced their share of memorable summer blackouts.

Book Details

  • Format: Paperback - 40 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780545627832

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Mary Jane Tanio (Quezon, PH)

a great story about how important communication is.

Cha (Cebu City, PH)
My five year old loves it

Engaging graphics and love that it is a story about making time and space for your family