When I read this book I got goosebumps that wouldn't go away, which (according to the Dickinson definition) makes it poetry. Matt de la Peña's prose was lyric and Christian Robinson's illustrations were beautiful. CJ's voice is so real, and the Nana who spurs CJ to see the beauty of the city jumps off the page. My six year old daughter melted into me as I read it to her. I look forward to reading it to my fifth graders in writing class to spur them to observe the ordinary all around us in magical ways. I am excited to have a mirror that accurately reflects our city, and a character of color that reflects my students. In addition, I am so excited to have dialogue that actually sounds how we talk! As soon as the paperback comes out, I will buy another copy for home and a copy for the classroom library.