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Review: Sunny Side Up

July 3, 2015

Sunny Side Up

Sunny is sent to Florida to spend the summer with her grandfather and thinks it could be a lot of fun – after all, that’s where Orlando is – but when she gets there, she discovers her grandfather lives in a senior community and thinks Disney World is a tourist trap.  She gets along well with her grandfather and his friends, but they really don’t know what to do with a kid.  Thankfully, Sunny meets Buzz, the son of a groundskeeper, and the two get along great.

But, Sunny’s keeping secrets bottled up, and one of them is the reason she was sent to Florida in the first place, and it’s eating her up inside.  Her grandfather tells her she doesn’t have to keep secrets and helps her realize that what happened wasn’t her fault.

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm is a wonderful graphic novel about family and friendship.  The full color illustrations are fantastic and the story line is sure to give many children comfort.  It’s fun and entertaining but has a serious message.

Something happened at Sunny’s family’s 4th of July celebration.  Sunny tries to help the situation but it doesn’t work so she thinks what happened is her fault and carries the guilt with her.  Her grandfather might not always know what to do with a young girl but he knows things weren’t her fault and helps her realize it too.

In her author’s note, Holm reveals that she wrote this book because she found herself in a similar situation as a child and that it made her “feel ashamed and embarrassed and scared and sad” and she advises those who are in the same boat to “reach out to family members and teachers and school counselors.”  I feel sure this book will help many young readers and I think it belongs in every library.  I highly recommend Sunny Side Up!

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Scholastic. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


18 Comments leave one →
  1. July 3, 2015 7:36 am

    This sounds wonderful.. love the cover, too!

  2. Diane permalink
    July 3, 2015 7:39 am

    I’m not a fan of graphic novels but this sounds like a good one. Glad u enjoyed it. Happy 4th Kathy.

  3. July 3, 2015 9:14 am

    Oh, I love the sound of this one! I remember staying with my grandmother in the summers, and while she didn’t live in a senior community, there were no kids around. But I loved listening to her stories…and she understood me more than any other adult in my life.

    I try to be that “nana” to my grandkids…LOL.

  4. July 3, 2015 10:04 am

    What a fantastic book. I love that it will give children such a great message. Love the cover!

  5. July 3, 2015 11:46 am

    I don’t read graphic novels but I’m dying to know what the secret is. I may have to read this one to find out!

  6. July 3, 2015 11:56 am

    I’m a reluctant graphics novel reader, but I’m delighted young people are reading and if this is the genre, BRAVO.

  7. Patty permalink
    July 3, 2015 2:17 pm

    It sounds really good…books like this are always intriguing to kids!

  8. July 4, 2015 9:34 am

    This does sound good. I would like to read this one.

  9. July 4, 2015 10:53 am

    My kids and I love graphic novels and we don’t seem to read enough. This one sounds like a perfect summer read with a good message to boot. Thanks for spotlighting it!

  10. July 4, 2015 4:16 pm

    Happy July Fourth, Kathy! This sounds like a fun book. 🙂

  11. July 5, 2015 1:36 pm

    I love the sound of this one! I’m going to add this to my shelf.

  12. July 5, 2015 9:56 pm

    Looks like one I’d like. I’ll have to see if my library has it.

  13. July 5, 2015 10:25 pm

    Aww this sounds so sweet! Thanks for putting this one on my radar.

  14. July 6, 2015 9:39 am

    I think I would like this one as well as my daughter. It is sounds like it would open up an opportunity for a great discussion with your child! Thanks for sharing!

  15. July 6, 2015 12:18 pm

    I like books like this one. Kind of light and funny but with a deeper message.

  16. bookingmama permalink
    July 6, 2015 2:36 pm

    I have that one here and I’ll be sure to check it out based on your review!

  17. Literary Feline permalink
    July 6, 2015 8:05 pm

    This sounds like a great book, with an important message.

  18. July 7, 2015 11:28 am

    this looks like a fun one. I’d be interested in reading this — I surely don’t read enough graphic novels.

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