Title: Sunny Side Up
Author: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Publisher: GRAPHIX - Scolastic
“From the groundbreaking and award-winning sister-brother team behind Babymouse comes a middle-grade, semi-autobiographical graphic novel.
Following the lives of kids whose older brother's delinquent behavior has thrown their family into chaos, Sunny Side Up is at once a compelling "problem" story and a love letter to the comic books that help the protagonist make sense of her world.
By sister-bother team Jennifer and Matthew Holm. A 200-page, full-color graphic novel in the vein of Raina Telgemeier's Smile.”
I picked Sunny Side Up at BEA this year because the main character was forced to travel to visit her grandfather after life interfered with her plans to enjoy the summer with her friend. She was out of her element in the new town and all her ideas of what it would be liked to stay in Florida were immediately dashed. She was a fish out of water, and having just moved myself, I could identify with her situation, though not the cause. Plus I must admit, I've been looking forward to reading a graphic novel for a while now.
The story itself was told in alternating present/past flashbacks. As the heroine went about her days in the retirement complex her grandfather lived in, wishing for something exciting to do, she also reflected back on the situation that brought her to spend the summer there. The two threads were nicely woven together to form a cute story that any middle grade reader might like.
The story had a nice blend of humor and real life seriousness that mixed together to create a story that even now, days later, I find myself reflecting back upon the message the it conveys. Sometimes all you need to change is just your perspective.