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Sunny Rolls the Dice

(Sunny #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  94 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
Hardcover, 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 for her. F
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 bo
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 gam
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-mg, graphic-novel, 2019
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.
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...
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!
Kit Feral
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was SO CUTE
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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.)
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
spare, but any book where a kid learns about dnd and loves it is up my alley!
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Rich Izzo
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
It's 1977 and 12-year old Sunny is struggling to be a "groovy" girl. Her friends are turning their interests towards clothes and boys, while Sunny herself has become enraptured with a brand new game: Dungeons & Dragons. Can Sunny be groovy and still be true to herself?

The book itself feels more stale than Ms. Holm's previous Sunny titles. The story of the middle-grade girl becoming a fan of an "uncool" activity while struggling to maintain her old friendships has been trod upon many times (
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Goodness, how did I not know this was coming out? Last year my students and I had lots of hype and anticipation for Swing It Sunny, so I feel kind of bad that I had to see this in a bookstore to know it was out! (bad librarian!oops!) 

In this follow up to the other two books Sunny is now in middle school where she's trying to navigate what's cool and what's not. She is excited to discover D&D and start playing with some of her boy friends in the neighborhood. Not surprisingly, the
The way Jennifer and Matthew Holm along with their colorist, Lark Pien, have grounded these Sunny narratives in a time and place is what makes this graphic novel series stand out among others. Not only do the fashions and decor of the 1970s come alive in these books, but everything also manages to feel trendy and fashionable, like you're living in that time with the characters rather than reading it from a distance.

In this third installment of the Sunny series, our protagonist navigates the fru
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Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We are big fans of “Sunny Side Up” so we were so excited to read “Sunny Rolls the Dice” @jenniferholm and illustrated by Matthew Holm. In this second book, Sunny is trying to make it through middle school and is trying to “be groovy” and be true to herself – two things that sometimes don’t seem to go together. Her best friend is a little boy-crazy, and into fashion and make-up, but Sunny would rather play Dungeons and Dragons in her basement with her new friends. Can Sunny quit worrying about be ...more
Melanie Dulaney
Jennifer Holm’s latest installment in her Sunny series places readers in 1977 when Sunny is trying to be one of the groovy girls in middle school. Problem is, unlike her friends Deb and Regina, she just doesn’t care about getting Vanderbilt jeans or her ears pierced. Readers will connect with all her efforts to fit in and will hopefully pick up on the theme of being comfortable with what makes you happy and not worrying about what others want to do. The artwork in this graphic novel is terrific ...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” th
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series is so cute! Jenni and Matt have a great knack for tapping into the universal childhood anxieties that plague us all, whether you grew up in the 70s or are a kid growing up today. The leap into middle school, the fear of losing friends as your interests diverge, and finding out what you're really passionate about along the way...all of it still holds up! This series manages to feel both universal and very much of a particular time and place. The call-outs to the 70s memorabilia are hi ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sunny is back! The family drama is on hold for a while - her brother has joined the Navy, but now, it's friend drama! Sunny has started middle school, and her best friend is full of "we're too old for that now." But Sunny has started playing Dungeons and Dragons with a group of boys and really enjoys it. She's torn between being groovy and doing the things she likes.

I really enjoyed this Sunny story. A great look at navigating middle school friends, and growing up. Full color illustrations and
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great addition to the Sunny series, the Holm's new title brings us back in conversation with both sweet Sunny and the 1970's. Sunny's quest to increase her groovy factor sometimes conflicts with her internal interests and desires and we see the age-old struggle with peer pressure play out against a back drop where D&D culture clashes with designer jeans. While not packing the same emotional punch as earlier Sunny books, this volume allows a Sunny who is focusing on her own growth and ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sunny is absolutely golden. I adore all 3 of these books so much. In this one, our heroine grapples with growing up, peer pressure, and... D&D. What's not to love? As always, these are period pieces that give nostalgic glimpses of the 70s while remaining 100% relevant to kids today. Whether struggling with being "groovy" enough, figuring out if a boy likes you, when to get your ears pierced, when to put the dolls away, stop playing with boys, or get a flower for a classmate, Sunny always dea ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a child of the 70s and 80s, I enjoyed the pop culture references tied to into this story as it is based on the authors' real experiences. The craft of Sunny navigating changing friendships through the world of Dungeons & Dragons was very creative. I just wonder though if that will be lost on middle-grade readers since D&D is not at the level of popularity it was back then? The Holms did a great job explaining the ins and outs of the game (as well as other elements from that time perio ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a super cute story! I loved that Sunny plays Dungeons and Dragons. Dungeons and Dragons is so imaginative and is good for teaching kids strategy and problem solving skills. I love that they promoted the game in this book. The book appears to take place in the 70’s so it’s also appropriate to the time period in the story. But it’s also making a come back in today’s times as well thanks to “Critical Role” and it’s appearance on “Stranger Things.” This is a great story for kids or teens wh ...more
Mary ~*Sweary McCoffeehound*~
This book was so cute, I'm dead.


I'm a huge sucker for anything with d&d in it, and I easily related to Sunny. She is more interested in fantasy games and comic books than boys and clothes - honestly, throw in a super uncool obsession with video games, and you'll have me in seventh grade! I was happy that Sunny learns to stay true to herself, enjoying both d&d and her guy friends al
Katie Reilley
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
My students will be super excited when I bring the third book in the Sunny series to school tomorrow.

Sunny is determined to make it through middle school while trying too hard to be groovy. Her best friend Deb is now all about magazines, fashion, makeup and boys, and Sunny would rather play D & D with the neighborhood boys.

Definitely loved the 70s references. With the theme of being true to yourself, my 5th graders will most likely devour this in one sitting as I did.
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of this graphic novel series that started with Sunny Side Up. This is the third book. In this newest saga, Sunny finds herself trying to be "groovy" to stay in sync with her friends while also finding a new love with D&D with a small group of boys. I love the 70s setting of the book (even if it's a bit before my time), but the lesson of doing what you love is pretty universal for middle grade girls.
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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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