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Sunny 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 withSunny 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. . . ...

Title : Sunny Side Up
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ISBN : 9780545741651
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Sunny Side Up Reviews

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    2019-05-01 01:06

    4 stars!A cute story with some more serious undertones. Sunny Side Up is the story of a young girl who is sent to Florida to spend the summer with her grandpa. Placed in the 70's, she finds Florida to be boring. Meanwhile she flashes back to months before where her and her family watched her teenage brother spiral out of control with substance abuse. I think this is an important book for tweens to have available as they can relate to Sunny. It also shows addiction as something that shouldn't be hidden and encourages young readers to seek help if someone they know suffers from it.

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-05-07 03:25

    A book by the prolific Jennifer Holms and her artist brother Matt, who also do stuff for younger kids like the very successful Babymouse and Squish. Jennifer does a range of books for different ages. This one I would say works best for 3rd through 5th graders, based on my limited family sample of just that age group. Well, the boys read this, not the girl (yes, they have read Nimona and Lumberjanes and other "girl" books and liked them a lot), and Henry (8) gave it 5 stars, Harry 3.5, though both claim they liked it a lot. I thought it was pretty good. The art is okay, with maybe my favor aspect of the whole book the coloring, done by colorist Pien, of American Born Chinese fame. The story is good: Sunny, ten, is sent for the summer to live with her grandpa, who lives in a retirement village, where she still manages to meet a boy her age, Buzz, who reads superhero comics with her. The big secret, which i won't bother to reveal, pertains to a family health issue, and is not to mind particularly well handled. It becomes more of an issue of honesty about how one feels rather than the issue itself. There's something missing in our dealing with this issue as readers. So I might have given this two stars, except for the enthusiastic Henry, and. . . the voice of Sunny, related with a good dose of sense of humor. I liked her just fine. She's no Lumberjane or Nimona or Ms. Marvel for edgy sassy character and dialogue, but this is a younger book, she's ten, and she might get there when she is thirteen.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-02 04:05

    Anyone who thinks that nothing serious or good happens in graphic novels and that they're not worth reading needs to reconsider. (I'm looking at my daughter's 3rd grade teacher here.)

  • Ivonne Rovira
    2019-05-11 05:01

    Siblings Jennifer and Matthew Holm, best known for the Baby Mouse series, create a fabulous graphic novel that follows 11-year-old Sunshine “Sunny” Lewin when she’s dispatched to spend the summer with her grandfather in West Palm Beach, Florida, in 1976. Days with Gramps at the Pine Palms retirement community are pretty boring: They’re hundreds of miles from Orlando and Disney World, and there aren’t any other kids at all — until Sunny meets Buzz, the Cuban gardener’s son. The Holms’ Sunny Side Up will delight nostalgia buffs and anyone who enjoys a great coming-of-age story about the dangers of having too many secrets. And Lark Pien (American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints) pens captivating full-color drawings that capture the era and the characters to perfection. The Holms aimed their book at tweens who grapple with a loved one beset by alcohol or drug problems, but Sunny Side Up should appeal to readers of all ages. Highly recommended.

  • Shoa Khan
    2019-05-25 00:06

    A breezy Middle Grade single-sitting summer read about a girl who goes to Florida to spend the summer with her Gramps. The book is semi-autobiographical, features nice colored illustrations and is targeted to help kids cope with a close family member or friend dealing with substance abuse.It took me more than one sitting though, coz I was jet lagged and kept passing out! :PBOOM!

  • Kathy
    2019-05-10 05:09

    Oh, the joys of time travel! This story takes place in 1975 and 1976, and it was so pitch perfect that I was laughing in recognition within pages.The story itself is about Sunny's unplanned summer visit with her Gramps in Florida. Flashbacks reveal that Sunny's brother, Dale, has a drug problem that impacts his entire family. Not at all preachy, especially when Sunny and Buzz find lost cats and keep getting rewarded, this graphic novel shows the importance of talking about your feelings with someone you can trust.My favorite scene was when Buzz's father, a Cuban chemist working as a gardener, tells Sunny to take some of his comic book collection home with her. "Take them home. As many as you want. Comics and books are no good if they sit on the shelf."

  • Julie
    2019-05-10 02:11

    My 9-year-old says "three stars," and I agree.

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-30 22:05

    2 stars - it's ok. The illustrations don't add any richness or depth to the story, and so it's a very fast and simplistic read. Remember when sitcoms were mocked for tackling and resolving a challenging issue in 24 minutes? This is even more, erm, concise, as it tackles Cuban immigrants, senility, cigarette addiction, feminism (the girl discovers comics and, while she focuses on different elements than the boy, does decide that she's Batman, not Wonder Woman, when they play), and the Big issue. The only reason I'm glad I read it, tbh, is because I'm 2 years older than Sunny, and I remember a lot of the references. The shampoo Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific really did smell good, and I wish I could find it again. And the painted fire hydrants for the Bicentennial were actually delightful. Etc. I know some of you, my friends, are old enough to remember 1976 - you might want to read* this just for the nostalgia. What do you remember from the 70s?*I was going to say skim, but reading would take about 5 minutes longer than skimming, so just read it. It's not a bad book, not a waste of a little time.

  • Dov Zeller
    2019-05-02 05:11

    "Sunny Side Up" is the story of Sunny's summer stay with her grandfather in FL when she is around ten years old, and things are tough at home. The story goes back and forth in time to show events leading up to her trip to FL, which starts out shaky, but gets better as she makes a friend her age and goes on lots of adventures and reads a lot of comic books, and as she gets closer to her grandfather and finds herself more and more able to connect with him and the his peers at Pine Palms (a retirement home). This book was between a 3 and 4 for me. I wasn't completely convinced by the 70s nostalgia or the organization of the novel (chapters going back and forth in time in the particular way they did) and at times I wondered if it went deep enough in terms of emotional content, though it did address Sunny's internal struggles directly and delicately. It was the confident story arc, and most of all the humor and sweetness of developing friendships that compelled me to go for the four.

  • Raina
    2019-05-11 22:17

    Yay, good, great for the Telgemeier/Bell/Gownley fans. Although the Holm team are stars in their own write (heh heh, see what I did there?).This one got darker than I was expecting. I enjoyed the Florida Retirement Center from a Kids Perspective story, and then it got to the potentially triggering content, and it felt a little out of the blue (even though they've been alluding to it throughout), tone-wise. I liked her friendships with the other kid on campus, and the residents themselves. I suppose it was pretty realistic, in that way, though. Life isn't always consistent in tone.Anyway, yes, good. Give it to the burgeoning young GN fans. Like.

  • Stef
    2019-05-01 02:20

    3.5 starsFinished this one as well! Just in time too :) Happy New Year everybody!

  • Kathy Martin
    2019-05-18 22:02

    Graphic novel tells the story of Sunny who is ten and sent to spend the summer at her Grandfather's in a retirement community in Florida while her parents deal with her older brother Dale's drug addiction. She meets a new friend who is a big fan of comic books about superheroes. The two kids help find lost cats and have other adventures with the old people. Sunny is sad about keeping secrets and feels her brother's addiction is her fault. It doesn't help that her grandfather said he quit smoking but Sunny finds cigarettes all over the house. Finally she confronts him and is comforted by him about her guilt about her brother.

  • Tracy
    2019-05-20 04:30

    I think it was a great book because it was really interesting! I recommend this book to anyone who likes comics!

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-05-05 01:31

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineIn this graphic novel, Sunny is ten years old in 1976, and is sent from her home in Pennsylvania to spend time with her grandfather at his retirement community, Pine Palms, in Florida. There are few chidlren her age there, although she does befriend Buzz, who is the son of the groundskeeper. She and Buzz read comic books, rescue old lady's cats for pocket money, and go swimming. With her grandfather, Sunny goes to Early Bird Special Dinners and has to put up with the hide-a-bed in his apartment, and his smoking, which he tries to hide. In flashbacks, we learn about Sunny's much older brother, Dale, who runs with a bad crowd and drinks and smokes. Sunny loves her brother but not the way he is acting, especially since he was the reason she was sent to her grandfather's.Strengths: I was ten in 1976, and in 1974 my family went to Disney World and also visited my father's cousin Amilda, who lived in New Smyrna Beach. This hit every possible nostalgia button for me! On top of that, it addresses a serious concern (families struggling with addictions) in a way that is appropriate and accessible for younger children. Like Smile and El Deafo, this will fly off the shelf. Sad subjects are made eminently readable when accompanied by brightly colored pictures. After I finished this, I wanted to read this again. That NEVER happens.Weaknesses: More explanation of exactly Dale had trouble with would have helped me. Plus,l Ms. Holm TOTALLY needs to write a historical novel set in 1976. Man. Made me miss those red, white and blue plaid pants I had!What I really think: Buying two copies. At least.

  • Ms. Kamerow
    2019-05-11 03:20

    I enjoyed reading Sunny Side Up by Jennifer and Matthew Holm. At first, I wasn't sure where the story of a young girl visiting her grandpa was going. But, in the end, I was moved by her experience and the relationships she formed. If you enjoy books like Smile and Roller Girl, you will enjoy Sunny Side Up. It's a meaningful story with engaging illustrations.

  • Michele Knott
    2019-05-24 04:20

    Having lived in Florida, I really appreciate the references. Having grown up in the 70s, I really appreciated the scary Barbie head-macrame-toilet paper hider. This books ends up being very important in opening up conversations of when things aren't perfect within a family and how family members have to adjust.

  • Mary
    2019-04-27 03:15

    Sunny's summer plans are changed unexpectedly when she is sent to visit her grandfather in his Florida retirement community. A powerful graphic novel that tells the story of a 10-year old coming to terms with her big brother's drug problem. The Holm siblings do a great job telling a story set in 1976 that is relevant and moving and will resonate for middle grade readers facing hard truths.

  • Heather Taake
    2019-05-11 05:30

    I loved it. I like how it tackled a difficult subject through a sweet, age-appropriate story. It also reminded me of my grandpa....he really needs to quit smoking! I might lend him this book to read. ;)

  • Shreya
    2019-05-20 02:22

    Sunny Side Up was an amazing book! I loved every part of it! So amazing I had to start and finish it today! Sunny is such an amazing character and every bit of the book makes you want to read until the end! I can't wait for my turn with the sequel "Swing It Sunny"! I'll make sure my time with these library books is used wisely.... by reading about Sunny! Thanks for making my book life grow ;)-Shreya

  • Jacobe D.
    2019-05-06 23:01

    Sunny's summer just turned upside down. Sunny Lewin had plans for this summer. Big plans. But all of that changes when she is shuttled off on a "big girl trip" to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer. At first this doesn't seem too bad. The only down side is that Sunny can't go to the island with her best friend on their "terrific" summer getaway. But that's alright. After all, Florida is the home of Disney World! Ok, I take that back. The Retirement Home that Gramps lives in is so boring. Gramps is a sweet guy, but the only fun things that Sunny has experienced are the hide-a-bed that squeaks every five seconds, and the ecentric old grandmas that give you a toilet-paper-trinket as a gift. Things have started to get a little better ever since Sunny met a boy her age at the resort though. He is addicted to comics, and just might have Sunny hooked too! They have been doing everything together, from finding cats, to battling Big Al, to even looking for a neighbor who disappeared! But the same question remains: why is Sunny here in Florida in the first place? The answer involves her brother Dale, who hasn't been himself lately. Always late, secretly meeting the neighbor hood "bad boy", and even smoking... and drinking. Sunny misses the old Dale, and has battle scars of her own to prove that he has changed. Will Sunny's family end up shattered into a million pieces? Will Sunny's life ever be the same again? I loved Sunny Side Up, first of all, because of the tilte. I mean, what could be cleverer?! Anyway, I could really feel Sunny's pain, when I knew she was battling hard with her brothers substance abuse problem. She really tried to keep a happy face on (some might even say her "sunny side up"), and roll with the punches, but you could tell that Sunny was tired of keeping secrets. Sunny really perseveres and tries to help her family through this difficult struggle. Sunny Side Up reminds me of Smile, Sisters, and other Raina Telgemier books. I hope that you choose to read this book, and remember; always keep your sunny side up!

  • Booklo
    2019-05-20 01:03

    "What you see is what you get. No disguises or secrets."10 year-old Sunny Lewin is ready to go to Florida for the summer--Disney World, beaches and a lot to do! But instead, she has to stay with her "handsome" grandfather as what the seniors (not high school people) ladies call him. She has to stay with her grandfather which has many elderly people. Sunny thought she would be stuck with all of the elderly people. Eventually, she meets a kid named Buzz and they go on epic adventures! For a matter of fact, why is Sunny spending her summer in Florida in the first place? A family secret will tell it all.This book was set in 1976 and for all of you 70's people might be more familiar to this book than I was. For me, I love going into past history wondering how is was back then? This book was giving an important message for anyone no matter what age. Usually, being a kid isn't always easy. It is a lot harder when a loved one is facing serious problems like when Sunny's older brother Dale was facing struggles causing it to be tragic. Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm wrote this book for young readers who are facing same problems to reach out family members, school counselors or teachers to talk it out. The drawings drew me a lot because the drawings were adorable and were illustrated by Lark Pien. I related a lot to Sunny and I felt bad for her. Even though, life is difficult, it can still be wonderful so remember to keep your Sunny Side Up! Thanks for taking your time to read this review. I hope all of you have an extraordinary day and God bless you all! To all of you, you have a friend in me:)- Ame" The Greatest results in life are usually attained by common sense and perseverance. " - O Feltham

  • Maddie K
    2019-05-13 04:10

    I really liked the book Sunny Side Up, it was so good that I read it in one night. It's about a girl named Sunny who had to stay at her grandfathers house for the summer because her brother was doing bad things. At first she thought it was going to be great because her grandfather lives in Florida and that's the home for Disney world. Once she started staying there it wasn't fun because her grandfather lived at a place with a bunch of old people and no kids. Then she meets a boy named Buzz who loves comic books he always talked about comic books but Sunny had never read one. One day one of the ladies that lived there couldn't find he cat she had looked everywhere so she asked them if they could help. They found the cat and she paid them both. Buzz wanted to use the money to buy a comic and so they went to the book store. Sunny decided that she wanted to try one out. She ended up really liking it and so then they did stuff for people that live there and that's how they made their money to buy the comic books.

  • steph
    2019-04-27 22:12

    This was adorable. It took me a second to realize that some chapters were flashbacks (this is what I get for not reading the date at the begginning of each chapter) but once I did, it was smooth sailing. I really liked Sunny and her Grandpa and the moment Buzz showed up with his L.A. Dodgers hat (go Los Doyers!), I was a goner for him as well. It took a while to come out, but this book dealt with a serious family situation that I felt was handled perfectly for this age group of readers. Sunny felt scared, confused, angry, etc and this book let her express all those different emotions. I really liked that and I would rec this book for children struggling with family members with different addictions in their lives. The pictures were great for it being a graphic novel, I especially liked Sunny struggling with the squeaky sofa bed. Her facial expressions made me laugh.

  • Anh
    2019-05-23 03:27

    This is a good book and funny. It’s graphic novels and I totally into to graphic novels. I recommend it this book, y’all need to check out, it’s have a lot of meaning in this book so yeah it’s a good book 📚

  • David
    2019-05-09 23:17

    This was another recommendation by a student who said I would enjoy it. The beginning was sweet and easily transferable to conversations and experience I am sure many of us have had with grandparents. As the story developed it was like a gut shot because I knew absolutely nothing about the book before I read it. I really think that made it have more powerful of an impact on me. It is so sad to think that there are so many people out there dealing with alcohol and drug addictions. It is heartbreaking thinking of all the little siblings that see a role model/hero come crashing down around them. I wish the book would have given a little more, but overall it did a nice job of touching on a major issue facing many families today.

  • Brenda Kahn
    2019-05-17 06:13

    I have been eagerly anticipating reading this and it absolutely did not disappoint. While the story is more serious than the brother/ sister duo's Babymouse and Squish graphic novels, the seriousness is leavened with humor both gently and snort-worthy and the treatment makes the issue accessible and relatable to tween readers. A definite purchase for school and public libraries. On a side note: I had the exquisite pleasure of hearing it performed in a Scholastic reader's theater at the ALA Annual conference - Jon Muth, Dav Pilkey, Craig Thompson and Jenni Holm brought the book to hysterical life. If Dav Pilkey ever runs out of steam in the writing department, surely he can have a career in sound effects.

  • Carrie Gelson
    2019-05-21 06:28

    I listened to all of the podcasts about this (The Yarn) over the summer and was eagerly anticipating finally reading this graphic novel. It did not disappoint. This book captures not just a time period that is meaningful to me but many things that I feel are brave in a novel (graphic or otherwise): intergenerational relationships, tough family dynamics, strong emotions, life that isn't all pretty (in this case substance abuse issues).

  • Jocelyn Aguilar
    2019-05-10 00:30

    This book was alright it was kind of confusing because it would go to one story to another. This book is about a girl and she goes to her grandpas house and then it changes to a story about her brother. I recommend this book to my cousin because she is not patient for a book and this book is really easy to finish in a day or two.

  • Taylor
    2019-05-07 01:21

    I actually strongly disliked this book. It was very confusing and made no sense. It is a quick read and really easy. I don't really recommend this book unless you want to do a quick read for graphic novels.

  • Gracie
    2019-04-29 22:19

    I really like it. There were a few parts I thought were sad but there was some funny parts