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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  137 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Sweaterweather is about a turtle, a rabbit, and other sweet creatures on a snowy journey. It contains short comics and lots of other delightful things, such as paper dolls, postcards, and stamps. This book will dazzle your senses with its Seuss-ian cast of characters and lush cartoony brushwork.
Paperback, Second Edition
Published February 1st 2008 by Alternative Comics
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Feb 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although the illustrations are stylistically similar, this book was nothing like Robot Dreams. It was a series of vignettes about animal characters doing a variety of things including hosting dinner parties, resolving competition and conflict, and finding cute solutions to cute problems that were a little too cute for my tastes. I would definitely classify this as a kid’s book, though I know classifications pertaining to age/reading “levels” can be somewhat arbitrary and traditional. Varon inclu ...more
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scott

Sweaterweather & Other Short Stories
By Sara Varon
ISBN 978-1-67672-48-0
Author’s website:
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Scott


Normally, I’m not predisposed to anthropomorphic comics. It takes certain panache to pull off being a rarity and almost a retro look in the modern comic’s industry; and Sara Varon pulls it off with a touch more flair, with her eccentrically drawn creatures and people. Sweaterweather & Other S
Abby Brithinee
Sweaterweather is essentially a collection of short stories in graphic novel format. Some of the stories are fictional, some are autobiographical, and others are informational. One of the short stories is an exerpt of the book Robot Dreams, which I really liked. However, I felt like the book was a collection of random cartoons inspired by writing prompts. It felt very disconnected, and while some of the stories were interesting, I had to slog my way through others.

The style is spare line drawing
Patrice Sartor
The addition of paper dolls and postcards pushes this one to 3.5 stars for me.

I like Varon's style (Robot Dreams, Bake Sale), though this one was neither as moving or humorous as I found those titles. Also, I have a strong preference for color illustrations, and these are mostly black/white, with a bit of blue (though the paper dolls are color).

Sweaterweather consists of many short stories, often where animals go shopping, and then resolve some soft of problem. Some of the stories have zero word
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Sweaterweather this week while sheltering indoors during the first of the El Nino rainstorms to hit Los Angeles. (In Southern California terms, this amount of weather is equivalent to a level five nor’easter blizzard.) As my sun-soaked, drought-weakened body shivered slightly in a Starbucks where the air conditioning was inexplicably running, I delighted in Varon’s opening story, “Turtle and Rabbit Comic.” An amicable rabbit and turtle, journeying through a snowstorm together, magically t ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This book is made up of a series of wordless comics about animals. There is an introduction to each story about the ideas. I am not sure who this book is geared toward. Some of the stories have adult ideas but they are so simplistic. The stories are all happy endings and sweet but I am not sure young children would get them.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
Why I Recommend Bumping This Down On Your TBR: It's not a cohesive work, just various little pieces showcased in the same book. This didn't work for the kind of reader I am.

Why You Might Bump This Up On Your TBR: If you consider her one of your absolute favorite creators, then I imagine you would get a lot out of this work.
I liked this, but I definitely didn't love it. The interactive aspects (especially the postcards) were really appealing, but since I got it from the library I couldn't fully enjoy them. Sweaterweather is my favorite kind of weather, but the book just didn't live up to the fantastic title.
This is a collection of shorter, more experimental comics. Some of them I really liked, and some were just okay. I did think that there were some things in this one that just are not that kid-appropriate. But her illustrations haven't changed, and I just love them!
I didn't care for the meta nature of this. I had hoped it would be more of a straightforward collection, though Varon's asides about her life were passingly interesting. More about process than I cared for. Short and pleasant in any case.
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love love loved it.
Gwen the Librarian
Quirky adventures of animal friends. For adults.
Dec 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphics-novels
A wonderful book. Just goes to show you that you don't need words to get your point across, The Illustrations are wonderful. And a very funny book.
Nov 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So funny and creative! I love her use of animals and food. The story with the raccoon protagonist is one of my favorites.
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's really sparse of words. suka banget pas bagian gambar yang dikasih warna biru... so creamy...
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 but I will round up because Sara Varon little blurbs about some of her shorter comics are so darn endearing!

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC!
Jul 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, gets under your radar touching. The stories are very short, which makes it a ridiculously quick read. Definitely it would be more fun to own so you could cut of the paperdolls and postcards.
Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great winter book
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Collection of stories with accompanying explanation from the author. Very sweet.
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
Adorable! And slightly weird, but mostly adorable, plus lots of scarves.
Emilia P
Jun 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
Sara Varon. Cute, but unique, as always. I wish I could use the stamps and the postcards. Write more, yo.
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