“When The Power Is Out”

That’s my picture book idea for the day…sort of a novelty book that has a tiny battery-powered reading light imbedded at the top and filled with ideas about what kids can do when there is no TV, no computer or iDevice, no Wii, etc. Oh, and definitely includes some wisdom on why Mom and Dad might be a little frustrated about having no heat or hot water, and a fridge full of food spoiling!



About Cathy Ballou Mealey

Children's book author, repped by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Agency. Wife, mother, daughter, sister, alumna, autism advocate, book reviewer. Reach me via email at cmealey@post.harvard.edu or Twitter @catballoumealey
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2 Responses to “When The Power Is Out”

  1. Great idea. Sounds like you have a lot of personal experience with this. When I heard a storm was coming, I used to be sure and clean up the kitchen. One time, I didn’t do that and well, I had a mess when the power returned.

  2. Cathy Mealey says:

    From Publishers Weekly Best Books 2011:
    “Blackout” by John Rocco (Disney-Hyperion)

    Second perhaps only to snow days, blackouts are one of the best unplanned sources of life-disrupting fun, especially from a child’s point of view. Rocco’s joyfully illustrated story of an urban family drawn together by a power outage tingles with the magic of a night lit only by candles and stars, while reminding readers that the technologies that connect us can sometimes keep us apart, too.

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