Blizzard by John Rocco, review by Melissa Fox
I think, every winter, there needs to be a perfect picture book for the season. Something that captures the essence of the season. John Rocco's new book, Blizzard, does just that.
It's based on a memory of Rocco's: the New England blizzard of 1978, when Rocco was 10. It's a loose memory of the week when his family was snowed in before the plows came. At first, the adventure is fun: climbing out of windows, digging tunnels in the snow, the house is cozy and warm as the family drinks hot cocoa.
But, as the week progresses, and they run low on food, things become less fun. But Rocco's main character has a plan (because he's read the book on Arctic Survival): he straps on some tennis rackets as snowshoes, and heads to the local market. In a fascinating two-page foldout spread, he heads thorough the neighborhood, interacting with his neighbors, collecting money for groceries. He becomes the hero of the day, helping his family and neighbors make it through until the plows come.
It's a gorgeously illustrated book, full of wonderful little timeless moments. A wooden sled. The days of the week hidden in the pictures. The portrait of a boy having fun in the snow. Even though it has a lovely retro feel to it, I think children (of all ages) will enjoy reading this timeless story. And maybe they will even be inspired to go outside and play this