Now 2019 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA Portfolio Artwork WIP

Recent posts


Month in review

Reviews
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai
Cat Got Your Secrets by Julie Chase
Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn
A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings by Matt Sewell
The Deep by Rivers Solomon
The Dragon Thief by Zetta Elliott
Final Girl by Michelle Schusterman
Giant Days, Volume 11 by John Allison
Gideon Falls, Volume 3: Stations of the Cross by Jeff Lemire
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
Have You Seen a Giraffe Hat? by Irma Joyce
I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest
A Kingdom for a Stage by Heidi Heilig
Kneaded to Death by Winnie Archer
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Milo's World: The Land Under the Lake by Richard Marazano and Christophe Ferreira
Murder by Mocha by Cleo Coyle
Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
Operatic by Kyo Maclear and Bryon Eggenschwiler
Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd
The Phantom Tower by Keir Graff
Posted by John David Anderson
Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
West with the Night by Beryl Markham
What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr

Miscellaneous
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 04)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 11)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 18)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 25)
October 2019 Sources
October 2019 Summary

Road Essays
Road Narrative Update for October 2019

Previous month


Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

Canadian Book Challenge: 2019-2020

Beat the Backlist 2020



Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.


Sunny Side Up: 11/28/19

Sunny Side Up

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (2015) is the start of a middle grade historical fiction graphic novel series. The book is set in the summer of 1976. In flashbacks we see Sunny with her parents and brother celebrating the bicentennial. In the present, she's in Florida at her grandfather's retirement village, for reasons that are explained slowly through the narrative.

Retirement villages which first cropped up in the late 1970s, were designed to be child free zones. So Sunny is given an ID card so she can walk around unmolested. And it gives her access to the pool.

The only person her age is the son of the ground's keeper. Buzz is a known quantity and doesn't have an ID card. But he likes comics and knows the retirement village better than anyone.

Much of the book then is her adventures with Buzz. They find ways of earning money which they spend on comics. They have run=ins with Big Al, the alligator who lives in the pond.

The graphic novel is grounded in the late 1970s. As someone who was a child (albeit younger than Sunny), I can say that the Holms have gotten the details right. The Freedom Train, the painted hydrants, the clothing, and so forth.

The second book in the series is Swing It, Sunny (2017).

Five stars

Comments (0)


Name:
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:
Comment:

Twitter Tumblr Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2019 Sarah Sammis