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Book Review: “Sunny Side Up” by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm, Water Color by Lark Pien

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Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Series: Sunny #1
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes


ABOUTSunny Lewin has been packed off to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer. At first she thought Florida might be fun — it is the home of Disney World, after all. But the place where Gramps lives is no amusement park. It’s full of . . . old people. Really old people.

Luckily, Sunny isn’t the only kid around. She meets Buzz, a boy who is completely obsessed with comic books, and soon they’re having adventures of their own: facing off against golfball-eating alligators, runaway cats, and mysteriously disappearing neighbors. But the question remains — why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place? The answer lies in a family secret that won’t be secret to Sunny much longer. . .


My Review:
Sunny Side Up was a cute, adventurous story set in 1976. The juxtaposition of the past and present was cool. Secretes are being kept with the same ferocity as a superhero. And, as superheroes come to learn, they cannot save everyone. I found that to be such a powerful theme for a middle grade book.

What I loved most about this book was the old comic art style. It was a nostalgic reminder of the kind of art you’d see in newspaper comic strips. And the addition of watercolor over the pages was aesthetically pleasing.

I rather liked the panels that had no words because they spoke louder than the one’s that did and I always admire people who can depict something without words.

Overall, a wonderful story I’d recommend for a fun, light bit of reading.

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