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Sunny Rolls the Dice

(Sunny #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  757 ratings  ·  160 reviews
From the award-winning duo of Jennifer and Matthew Holm comes the third book in the bestselling Sunny series, Sunny Rolls the Dice -- full of heart, laughs, and adventure!
Too cool for school . . . or the least groovy girl in the grade?

Sunny's just made it to middle school . . . and it's making her life very confusing. All her best friend Deb wants to talk about is fashion,
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Graphix
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Many thanks to Scholastic Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

As expected, I loved it. Sunny and her friends have always been close to my heart. Especially because I came across the graphic novel series when I was going through an especially rough time. (I mean when am I not but you know what I mean). This book delivered the humor and love that every previous book has. I loved the topic of "Grooviness" and seeing Sunny explore her idea of being cool and what that meant
While Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm's graphic novel Sunny Rolls the Dice is of course and naturally from its content and storyline squarely situated in the late 1970s and early 1980s (and yes, as a child and teenager of that time, I also do very fondly remember playing Dungeons and Dragons, not ever as religiously and as avidly and with all of the diverse paraphernalia that Sunny and her friends did, but yes, we often played D & D during lunchtime at school and indeed sometimes even ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to enjoy the Sunny series and especially appreciate the 1970s nostalgia. However, reading this almost immediately after the Raina Telgemeier books makes me realize it's just not in the same league -- which just goes to show how great a range there is in my three star reviews...
Ms. Yingling
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sunny is still struggling with middle school in the 1970s. She reads all of the teen magazines with her best friend Deb and attempts to be "groovy", but feels she falls short in all areas, and doesn't understand why Deb is so interested in boys. When she meets a group of boys from the neighborhood who invite the two to play Dungeons and Dragons, Sunny really gets into the game, even though it is confusing at first. However, the more interested in the game Sunny
It is interesting to notice how many books about middle school have to do with trying to figure out the rules of middle school. And it is so true. There are so many unwritten rules that somehow the other girls know, instinctively, and we, who don’t, can’t figure out what all the fuss is about.

Poor Sunny doesn’t understand why playing Dungeons and Dragons with the boys is not fun for her best friend, who tells her she should be doing other things, like make-up and boys, and “girly” things.

What I
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Very episodic, but fun! There's no sense of purposeful rude treatment by Sunny's friends even as their interests diverge. Friends grow apart sometimes without it being cruel and that's okay!
laura (bookies & cookies)
I finished and reviewed an arc before it's published???? What a concept.

I can see why the kiddos love this and other realistic series (even though this is set FIFTY years in the past, weren't the 70s like 30 years ago? right?). Sunny rates herself on the "groovy meter" throughout the book, but really she's rating herself by her friends' standards and not her own. She begins to play D&D, while she had already begun comics back in book #1. Fun. Also, Dale is doing better in this book, so good
3.5 stars - Not quite as strong as the other two Sunny books, but maybe that is because the subject matter never got quite as serious. But that's okay too because if you're a kid with a pretty healthy home life, then just getting older can be serious and stressful.

Sunny and her guy friends all start playing D&D together around the same time her girl friends are starting to become more interested in dating and "what's groovy". It's cute and actually the drama is very low-key, but I know this
Christine Fitzgerald
I loved this book because it took me back to my childhood years filled with roller skates, tape decks, and board games in basements.
No matter how long it's been, middle school still hurts. This book absolutely captures that.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love that it’s a book about not being cool in middle school. Sunny figures out how to be true to herself and play D & D with the neighborhood boys. I think my fourth graders will love this one too. (Although they won’t get the 70s references like I did.)
Suzanne Dix
I just love this series but book #1 will forever remain in my heart (Gramps!). Kids will enjoy this historical look at middle school in the 70s.
This is a cute story, about a middle schooler in the 70s who doesn't fit in with her childhood girlfriends anymore. Instead, she finds a group of nerdy guys and finds she LOVES playing D&D. I didn't much like how some of the characters were drawn.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Oh the sting of middle school when you aren't ready to be a boy crazy fashionista!
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Middle school, 1977. Sunny takes a "groovy quiz" in a teen magazine and realize she is not always groovy! Things are starting to change with her best friend Deb, who is suddenly very interested in boys and shopping and clothes, etc... Sunny enjoys those things too, but not as much as Deb. When a group of boys from the neighborhood invite her to play Dungeons and Dragons with them, she goes with Deb to play. At first she finds the game confusing, but after a while really gets into it and loves ...more
Joseph Sanchez
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this one four stars because I grew up in the 70s, and I can really relate to the D&D. Although I wasn't addicted to the game, I tried to play and had fun fumbling around trying to figure out the directions with all the dice rolling, map making, and unpredictable play. Somewhere in the house I still have a Players Handbook. I lost the Monster Manual. I think I let someone borrow it, and it never came back. Sunny has to find her place in the social environment. As children grow into ...more
Bryan Borgman
While I think Sunny Side Up is probably the best in the series so far, Rolls the Dice is my favorite... because of D&D! I was (am) totally that kid who spent my Saturdays rolling the dice and spent way too much allowance on miniatures (still do!)
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much less about the brother in here but a great glimpse at the feels of the teen years, friendships and being genuine with your likes and dislikes.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How is it possible to love Sunny ever more! This book totally proved it! I loved this book!
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So lovely to have another Sunny book. She is now navigating the mysteries of middle school, the issue of friendships changing and finding one's own group of people. Loved the references to the 70's and D&D! Funny how enduring that game is. My own sons played for hours and hours in our basement in the early 90's and my grandsons play now ;-)

A total delight!
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I read this ARC yesterday and loved it on the first page. Holm checks all my boxes, 70s groove, feminist, breaking gender stereotypes, learning how to find your tribe. Etc. I can already think of some readers who will love this one!
Kit Feral
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
That was SO CUTE
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series continues to be marvelous.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Kristin DeGarmo
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this one pretty quickly. Not sure how. It’s not as good as the first one but it has an interesting plot. I like that Sunny likes to play D&D even though it wasn’t “groovy” for girls her age during that time (even now I think) to play. I’m glad she listened to her heart and continued to play even though her friend told her it’s babyish to play. It’s hard to tell kids that they can still be and do “babyish” things. Kids want to grow up so fast and they’re so focused on becoming older ...more
Doris Gourbere
This was a tad disappointing. I really enjoyed the first two books of the Sunny Series but this one felt rushed. It seems to me that Sunny still had a few things to resolve with her close friend, Deb, but yet the story moved on quickly to other things...
Oh, well! :D
This book didn't have the same emotional resonance for me as the superb first book in the series did, but this is still a big winner. Holm and Holm tackle a lot of important coming-of-age issues, things like the challenges of maintaining friendships when kids mature at different rates, learning to assert yourself when the things you like to do might be considered less than "groovy" by your peers, and learning how to be true to yourself. As with the other two books, the drawings in this one are ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite in this series to date, and that's saying something. The general message is: follow your own joy, do what you like, and don't worry too much about someone else's opinions (even if they're your friends). I also like how Sunny navigates being her own person without necessarily falling out / severing ties with her old friends, and how Sunny is friends with boys without over thinking it. I'm ace, and it was great to see a girl protagonist who isn't into the hormone stuff and who is just ...more
I got this ARC at BookCon.

Sunny just started seventh grade, and she's struggling to be "groovy" like all the girls in the teen magazines. Obviously, Sunny lives in the 70s/early 80s (can you tell I haven't read any of the Sunny books before?). When a group of her guy friends start playing Dungeons and Dragons, Sunny is excited for it, even though her best friend Deb is a little less than enthused. Sunny struggles to both be groovy (as rated by a groovy meter throughout) and to do the things she
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Jennifer L. Holm is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling children's author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA, PENNY FROM HEAVEN, and TURTLE IN PARADISE.

Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series -- the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the bestselling Squish series. She is also the author of several other highly

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