From the bestselling creators of Babymouse and Squish and the author of The Fourteenth Goldfish comes a new comic board-book series about feelings! Eisner Award winners Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm use panel frames, speech balloons, and thought bubbles to teach children how to read a story. In I’m Sunny, the cheerful sun upsets his friend and must make amends. A sweet, funny, and simple introduction to the impact that emotions can have on those around you.
My son likes to point out and identify the sun in this book, but that’s really all it has going for it, and it probably will have to find a new home next time we weed out books. If you’re super into comics, I could see this as being a fun introduction for kids, but the story is a little lacking and I find it taxing to read since to keep my toddler’s attention I have to do so much additional describing of what’s going on since there are so few words.
I like that this board book is introducing the comic style to little ones and that it promotes sharing. I has few words, but I like that the words it does have are teaching emotional awareness by asking how certain actions make them feel. I wish it had more words, rather than almost solely relying on the pictures to tell the story. Overall, it was fine to read once or twice, but it’s not my favorite.
Matthew Holm is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has created more than 35 books for children. He is the cocreator (with his sister, Jennifer) of a number of graphic novels, including the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the Squish and Sunny Side Up series. Matt recently cowrote and illustrated the middle-grade novel Marvin and the Moths. He lives in the Hudson Valley, New York, with his wife and dog. matthewholm.net @mattholm