Summary: Sunny Makes a Splash (Sunny #4)
Sunny Makes a Splash is the fourth book in the Sunny graphic novel series — and the first one in the series that I’ve read. It’s summer and Sunny is BORED. All her friends are at summer camp or vacationing out of town. Her mom is very protective and wants Sunny as close to home as much as possible. But just when Sunny is feeling sick of babysitting and staying home in the heat, she stumbles upon a new job opportunity at the country club where a fellow classmate, Tony works. There Sunny deals with kids who won’t stop running, crazy long hot dog lines, older lifeguards flirting with each other, and maybe Tony flirting with her? The summer of 1978 is sure to be memorable.
This story was so much fun! I loved the illustrations and the slice-of-life plot — plus, that overarching summer feel. Sunny is a lovable character and I like that the books aren’t so connected that anyone can pick up reading at any point. Even though the fourth book was my first, I didn’t feel like I missed much.
The maybe-flirting undertones between Tony and Sunny was sweet and I found her mother’s suspicion to be funny. Her Gramps also makes an appearance in the story, which made for a fun sub-plot. It was entertaining to see Sunny’s experience working her first job, and at the country club no less! She builds relationships with the other kids working there and learns valuable lessons, like why you shouldn’t run at the pool.
Overall: Sunny Makes a Splash (Sunny #4)
Sunny Makes a Splash is a delightful addition to the Sunny series suited for slightly older readers as Sunny finds a potential romantic interest. This graphic novel features a perfect depiction of 70’s summer experiences and a relatable protagonist working her first summer job before her last year of middle school. It will make for an enjoyable reading experience for older tweens — and even some younger ones!