Today's Read: Sunny Side Up
Welcome to the unofficial kick off of the summer season, Memorial Day Weekend. In honor of summer, I'm reading Sunny Side Up, a great graphic novel by sister and brother writing team, Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Geared for kids age 8 and up, Sunny Side Up is set in the summer of 1976 and features Sunshine (Sunny) Lewin who finds herself packed off to her grandfather's 55+ retirement home in Florida. While things aren't so bad in Florida - Gramps is a good guy, and he means well, plus there's a swimming pool and there's Buzz, the groundskeepers son, who likes comics and turns into a pretty good business partner; Sunny knows that things aren't right at home and she can't help but feel that she's part of the problem.
Sunny is ten years old in the story, but the pacing and volume of text are light enough for younger readers to follow along easily. As an added bonus, the story takes place in 1976 and there are plenty of opportunities for parents and kids to laugh at some of the trends and styles important to Sunny's world. The book does address larger issues of family members with substance abuse problems and the pressures they can place on children, but Jennifer and Matthew Holm treat the subject with kindness and honesty.
Published 2015 by Graphix an imprint of Scholastic, by Jennifer L Holm and Matthew Holm, color by Lark Pien 216 pp.