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Written and illustrated by Celia Krampien
Published by Roaring Brook Press
Prices as of Sep 20

What Does Bookroo Think of Sunny

Dry humor and choosing to look on the sunny side is the order of the day.

It all begins with a rainy day, which most people might find unfortunate . . . “but not Sunny”. Ever the optimist, Sunny finds the silver lining in a host of situations that seem to spiral one after another as she is picked up into the air, carried out to sea, and lands in a little boat adrift in a terribly stormy sea. While she is momentarily abandoned by her seagull friend she sheds some tears (reminding readers that even optimists aren’t eternally happy), the situation resolves when the seagull returns bringing a posse of disparate birds with him to fly Sunny to school, where she is just a little late. The two-toned yellow and blue color scheme mirrors the juxtaposition between the traditional reaction and Sunny’s reaction to each new development in an effective way that draws attention to Sunny and her attitude as a bright spot—literally and figuratively. While the repetition of “Most people . . . but not Sunny” does begin to feel just that—repetitive—the dry humor (e.g. “But not Sunny, who thought she preferred boating just now to swimming”) and quirky details (e.g. the birds being different rather than just a flock of seagulls) add a factor of randomness that keeps the story interesting.

What Kind of Book is Sunny


What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Sunny consistently chooses to find the sunny side of every situation. Can you think of a situation that some might consider negative? Can you find a sunny side?
  • Sunny isn't always happy, and when her bird friend leaves, she gives herself a moment to cry. Expressing emotions is a healthy thing. What emotions can you think of? Can you think of healthy ways to express them?
  • Sunny is rescued by a flock of different birds. Which birds can you identify? As an adult for help learning about the birds you don't recognize.


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Book Details

Publication Date
February 11, 2020
Page Count
Reading Age
4 - 8 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)

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