Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
-- Kathleen Norias, Hands Full of Living, 1931

Young readersElementary readersUpper elementary readers
8 stars

Smoky Night

AR: 2.4
Lexile: 360
by Eve Bunting     Illus. by David Diaz
Normal-length Picture Book
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Original post — Friday, November 25, 2005
<img src='../images/books/caldecottaward1.gif' alt='Winner of the Caldecott Medal' title='Winner of the Caldecott Medal'>

Daniel lives with his mom and his cat, Jasmine, in South Central Los Angeles. Mrs. Kim owns the corner store and also has a cat. Daniel thinks Mrs. Kim's cat is mean. When riots start, people break into the stores and start fires. Everyone in Daniel's building is forced to evacuate, but Daniel's cat is missing! So is Mrs. Kim's cat. Guess what happens next.

This is a simple but powerful story about getting along with other people set against the backdrop of the L.A. riots. The illustrations are really interesting and very effective for this moving story. I guess that's why David Diaz won the Caldecott Medal for this book! It's an easy read and I recommend it to everyone.

(Last modified:09/01/2007)


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