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Sunny Rolls the Dice

(Sunny #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,837 ratings  ·  350 reviews
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, boys, makeup, boys, and being cool. Sunny's not against any of these things, but she also doesn't understand why suddenly everything revolves around them. She's much more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Graphix
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Aug 27, 2020 rated it liked it
"An 'elven cloak' would be really handy during gym class." -- Sunny Lewin, pondering the usefulness of invisibility during her Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying, on page 75

While I really enjoyed the low-key adventures of blonde middle-schooler Sunny Lewin in the one-two graphic-novel punch of Sunny Side Up and Swing It, Sunny, the threequel Sunny Rolls the Dice seems just sort of average. The storyline this time is largely absent of any actual familial drama - arguably part of the effectiveness of
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

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 fo
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 during F ...more
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
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sunny faces a dilemma when her best friend gets really interested in boys, but Sunny would rather play Dungeons and Dragons with her other friends. When her best friend drops out of the Dungeons and Dragons group because it's not cool (the story takes place in the 70s when it really wasn't cool), Sunny has to decide whether to pretend to be interested in boys and fashion with her best friend or continue playing Dungeons and Dragons with her other friends.

This is probably a good introduction to
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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... ...more
Ms. Yingling
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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 gets
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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!
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Sunny book to read. I just loved the tween angst of being "groovy"!
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
In high school, my best friend never tried to tell me we were too old for trick-or-treat. She knew better.
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 is
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 news
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.) ...more
No matter how long it's been, middle school still hurts. This book absolutely captures that.
Christine Fitzgerald
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it took me back to my childhood years filled with roller skates, tape decks, and board games in basements.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, graphic-novel, ya-mg
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. ...more
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.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Don't worry about that groovy meter, Sunny. Just do you. Love, love, love all the 70's pop culture. Love's Baby Soft. Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans. Portable cassette players. So much fun to relive that era along with Sunny. I was not a D&D player, but I love the way the game highlights Sunny's uncertainty and gave her an alternative to hanging out with Deb. I want more Grandpa! Also more of Sunny's flag-twirling neighbor. Actually, please just give us more Sunny! ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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 pl ...more
Maddy W.
I liked this book a lot, but not as much as the other 2. I think the theme of this book is do what YOU love to do. I would recommend if you liked the other 2 in the series.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Joseph Sanchez
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 adults, ...more
Bryan Borgman
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!) ...more
Irene McHugh
Best Sunny story yet!

Middle school has never been easy for kids to navigate, but Sunny explores ear piercing, Fluffernutters, cassette tapes, roller skating, mall shopping, earthworm dissecting and so much more. As she plays D&D she even figures out that her vision of fun may not be groovy, but it sure is adventurous.
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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!
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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 pra

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