Varon, Sara Sweater Weather, GRAPHIC NOVEL. First Second, 2016. $19.99. Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
This graphic novel is a collection of short stories by the author/illustrator. Each short story is preceded by a little explanation of why it was drawn, when, and tidbits from the authors life. Some of the stories are very cute, like a rabbit and a turtle hiding inside the turtle’s shell on a cold day. Others were confusing. There were also pages of paper dolls and a whole section of illustrated journal. The illustrations use pink or blue and white color schemes.
This felt more like a personal book for the author to keep as early career memories or would be appreciated by someone who was a fan of the author. I wouldn’t purchase this for a school library because of that. The cover is cute and appealing as are the characters inside but it was kind of plain for my taste in illustrations. The journal portion is more the day to day life of an adult, nothing inappropriate, just very uninteresting for a young reader. If I am going to add a graphic novel to my library collection, it better be top notch stellar, because I am constantly having to defend their checkout to parents and teachers with a dated mindset, so I will have to pass on this one.
MS –NO Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.