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The latest in the New York Times bestselling Sunny series brings Sunny into a sink-or-swim summer, where she needs to float her first job and dive into her first maybe-flirtation. It's summer, and Sunny is BORED. Most of her friends are out of town. Her mom wants her to baby-sit way more than Sunny wants to baby-sit. There's nothing good on TV. The only place that's cool (in The latest in the New York Times bestselling Sunny series brings Sunny into a sink-or-swim summer, where she needs to float her first job and dive into her first maybe-flirtation. It's summer, and Sunny is BORED. Most of her friends are out of town. Her mom wants her to baby-sit way more than Sunny wants to baby-sit. There's nothing good on TV. The only place that's cool (in a not-boring sense) and cool (in a not-hot sense) is the community pool. Sunny loves going there . . . and loves it even more when she's offered a job at the snack shack. Soon she's flinging fries and serving soft ice-cream like a pro . . . with the assistance of the very sweet boy who works with her. Sunny's mom isn't sure Sunny should be quite so independent. But Sunny is definitely sure: Life is best when it's free swim.


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The latest in the New York Times bestselling Sunny series brings Sunny into a sink-or-swim summer, where she needs to float her first job and dive into her first maybe-flirtation. It's summer, and Sunny is BORED. Most of her friends are out of town. Her mom wants her to baby-sit way more than Sunny wants to baby-sit. There's nothing good on TV. The only place that's cool (in The latest in the New York Times bestselling Sunny series brings Sunny into a sink-or-swim summer, where she needs to float her first job and dive into her first maybe-flirtation. It's summer, and Sunny is BORED. Most of her friends are out of town. Her mom wants her to baby-sit way more than Sunny wants to baby-sit. There's nothing good on TV. The only place that's cool (in a not-boring sense) and cool (in a not-hot sense) is the community pool. Sunny loves going there . . . and loves it even more when she's offered a job at the snack shack. Soon she's flinging fries and serving soft ice-cream like a pro . . . with the assistance of the very sweet boy who works with her. Sunny's mom isn't sure Sunny should be quite so independent. But Sunny is definitely sure: Life is best when it's free swim.

30 review for Sunny Makes a Splash

  1. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    My favorite thing about this fourth Sunny book is a visit from Gramps! His laid back personality is an effective foil for Sunny's ever suspicious mother. It is summer and Sunny's friends are off doing things away from home. Family time and babysitting little brother are BORING until they get invited to the local club pool. Soon Sunny finds herself with a job opportunity and new friends that she sees every day. If only she could be brave enough to jump off that high dive. Loved all the late 70's My favorite thing about this fourth Sunny book is a visit from Gramps! His laid back personality is an effective foil for Sunny's ever suspicious mother. It is summer and Sunny's friends are off doing things away from home. Family time and babysitting little brother are BORING until they get invited to the local club pool. Soon Sunny finds herself with a job opportunity and new friends that she sees every day. If only she could be brave enough to jump off that high dive. Loved all the late 70's pop culture like "Starsky & Hutch" and "The Muppet Show" on TV, "Animal House" playing at the local cinema, Gramps reading "The Thorn Birds," Johnson's Baby Oil at the pool, and that pool layout -- really brings back memories. The summer vibe strikes a lighter tone than some of the earlier books in the series. Really loved it! Thank you to Graphix and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    The Sunny books are the kind of kids' graphic novels that get 3 stars individually, but 4 stars collectively. I always seek out each one as soon as it becomes available, and finish them too quickly. It's fun to recognize elements of my own 1970s childhood in them, but apparently the target audience likes Sunny too. The Sunny books are the kind of kids' graphic novels that get 3 stars individually, but 4 stars collectively. I always seek out each one as soon as it becomes available, and finish them too quickly. It's fun to recognize elements of my own 1970s childhood in them, but apparently the target audience likes Sunny too.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    I loved this installment of the Sunny series. I especially like the fact that the books take place in the 1970’s. Sunny is growing up and gets a job at the swimming pool. Her mother is suspicious of her every move. Gramps has arrived for the summer, and he also gets a job and has a girlfriend. Sunny’s brother isn’t on the book, but sends a postcard to let the readers know that he is doing well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    My favorite installment of the series yet! I love the relationship between Sunny and her grandpa and I was glad to see him return. Very cute overall, lots of great nods to the 70s and plenty of moments to look back and chuckle at my own teenage self.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalie (Natflix&Books)

    I adore this MG graphic novel series, of which this is the fourth. This one follows Sunny and her summer working at the snack bar of the pool. She makes new friends and possibly develops a crush on a co-worker. This one is definitely much lighter the the first books in this series (especially the first that has a heavy focus on her brother's drug addiction), but I enjoyed its fun, summer vibe. I adore this MG graphic novel series, of which this is the fourth. This one follows Sunny and her summer working at the snack bar of the pool. She makes new friends and possibly develops a crush on a co-worker. This one is definitely much lighter the the first books in this series (especially the first that has a heavy focus on her brother's drug addiction), but I enjoyed its fun, summer vibe.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I love this series, and since the author is now basing it on her life, it becomes even more real, and enjoyable. And if you have read the other books in the series, Gramps is back, and having fun. While Sunny's mother is an overworked housewife, Sunny gets a job at the snack shop at the local club, and learns about business and swimming, and all the things you have to learn when you do work. She is worried she is going to have a boring summer, because no one is around, and then her grandfather sho I love this series, and since the author is now basing it on her life, it becomes even more real, and enjoyable. And if you have read the other books in the series, Gramps is back, and having fun. While Sunny's mother is an overworked housewife, Sunny gets a job at the snack shop at the local club, and learns about business and swimming, and all the things you have to learn when you do work. She is worried she is going to have a boring summer, because no one is around, and then her grandfather shows up, because his condo roof caved in, and he figured he would stay with them for a while, while it got fixed. Meanwhile, Sunny enjoys working at the pool, despite her mother thinking that she is dating the boy she is working with. Itis all fun, and now I look even more forward to the next Sunny book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Thom

    I loved this newest story about sunny!! She is convinced that this summer is going to be the worst because she has nothing to do except babysit for her baby brother and all of her friends are going away. But when her friend invites her to the swim club a few times, she finds out one of the boys from school works at the snack stand and offers her a job! Things pick up and lots of fun ensues! Maybe she will even go on her first date?!? Highly recommend for all upper elementary and middle school li I loved this newest story about sunny!! She is convinced that this summer is going to be the worst because she has nothing to do except babysit for her baby brother and all of her friends are going away. But when her friend invites her to the swim club a few times, she finds out one of the boys from school works at the snack stand and offers her a job! Things pick up and lots of fun ensues! Maybe she will even go on her first date?!? Highly recommend for all upper elementary and middle school libraries. Thank you Scholastic for sharing with #CTCASLReads!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    5 enthusiastic stars for Sunny Makes a Splash. I loved this book in the series. We follow Sunny on her summer vacation as she fights dying of boredom. I love Sunny, the new characters we meet, and naturally GRAMPS. It put a smile on my face the entire time that I was reading. My only complaint is that I read it so fast and then it was over. I might reread all of the books in the series to get more of Sunny.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kyelah

    I love this series I don´t care how old I am I will always enjoy these books. The sunny series always made me laugh. If you are upset these books will cheer you up. I finish these books in thirty minutes i cant put them down.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    Very solid fun! I like the parallels between Sunny and her Grandfather both gaining independence, though I do wish the mother was a bit more of a well-rounded character rather than a simple no machine.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Binxie

    It was so much fun to read about the summer that Sunny became a teenager. The story and artwork compliment each other perfectly. Too bad the pub date was delayed. This is a summer read for sure.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus It's summer just outside Philadelphia in 1978, and Sunny is faced with the tedium of watching her younger brother Teddy while her mother is spending the entire summer cooking and doing laundry and being super stressed, maybe because she's drinking too much Tab so she can fit into her double knit polyester pants and she's trying to give up smoking (that's all MY conjecture). There are a few times when the family is invited to go to the country club pool with friend E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus It's summer just outside Philadelphia in 1978, and Sunny is faced with the tedium of watching her younger brother Teddy while her mother is spending the entire summer cooking and doing laundry and being super stressed, maybe because she's drinking too much Tab so she can fit into her double knit polyester pants and she's trying to give up smoking (that's all MY conjecture). There are a few times when the family is invited to go to the country club pool with friends, and when she is there, Sunny steps in to help a classmate, Tony, at the snack bar during the busy adult swim time. His dad runs the pool, and offers to hire Sunny to help out. Her mother (whom she interrupts during her programs while she's folding socks) reluctantly agrees but lays down a lot of rules. These don't really affect Sunny, who has an awesome summer hanging out, eating the occasional deep fried ice cream treat and debating jumping off the high dive. The older life guards include her and Tony in their after work parties, which means she gets to be out at NIGHT. Her grandfather comes for a visit because the roof of his condo has fallen in, and his going out also irritates the mother, who accuses both of them of "acting like teenagers". At the end of the summer, Sunny heads off into 8th grade with a new friend (and potential romantic interest) to keep her company. Strengths: Why are there not so many more books about tweens having exciting summers, hanging out with friends? Sunny had a rough time, with her older brother having drug problems in the first book, so she deserves sun and fun! Weaknesses: I cannot travel back to 1978 and have THIS summer instead of the one I did have! What I really think: Who am I kidding? I can't be objective about a book that almost perfectly depicts the family room in my parents' house. And yes. Bowls of ice cream every night while watching television. Because we didn't serve dessert WITH dinner. To this day, my father thinks this makes sense. Definitely purchasing, and delighted to know that Ms. Holm's is just one week after mine!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ingrid

    Read for work

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bella Rae

    Thanks to Edelweiss+ for provided an E ARC of this book! Sunny Makes a Splash is the 4th installment in the Sunny series. It's summertime, Sunny's best friend is away, and she needs something to do. Her mom's suggestion is babysitting, but who wants to babysit their little brother? Not Sunny! One day at the pool, Sunny runs into one of her classmates, Tony. He's overwhelmed with his snack shop duties, so Sunny jumps in to help. And, so we can have a good storyline, Tony's dad gives Sunny a job help Thanks to Edelweiss+ for provided an E ARC of this book! Sunny Makes a Splash is the 4th installment in the Sunny series. It's summertime, Sunny's best friend is away, and she needs something to do. Her mom's suggestion is babysitting, but who wants to babysit their little brother? Not Sunny! One day at the pool, Sunny runs into one of her classmates, Tony. He's overwhelmed with his snack shop duties, so Sunny jumps in to help. And, so we can have a good storyline, Tony's dad gives Sunny a job helping at the snack bar. Sunny and Tony make a great team, and the other employees (Dawn, Jay, and Pam) are nice to Sunny. Sunny's mom, however doesn't like the idea of Sunny hanging out with a boy. Especially when he lets her borrow a t-shirt. Because, a Tweety Bird shirt is a totally inappropriate thing to let a girl borrow! Grandpa comes to visit, and quickly gets on mom's nerves. He starts working at a thrift store, gets a maybe-sorta-girlfriend, and that's it for him. Around this time, Sunny uncovers a love triangle between the other three employees. Pam has a crush on Jay, but Jay has a crush on Dawn. The triangle resolves itself, and Dawn and Jay are basically a couple at the end of the book. Summer comes to a close, and the pool closes. On the last day, Sunny overcomes her fear of the high dive and finally jumps off it. When Sunny and Tony start school, they almost ignore each other, but Sunny realizes that she likes hanging out with him. The book ends with her and Tony planning to fry candy bars. FRYING CANDY BARS?? YOU MONSTERS!!!!!! THE END Post-book thoughts Like all of Jennifer L. Holm's books, this one was great! Sunny is an interesting character, and she and Tony was super cute. I love how the book wasn't super pushy about the 13-year-olds dating. They're just good friends, and that's okay. Not all middle-school heroines need boyfriends. The Pam/Jay/Dawn love triangle was resolved well. Yeah, it was a bit of a cop out for Pam to leave Jay to Dawn, but the book could've gone over the top with cringey romance drama. Grandpa was a fun character! Sunny's mom was worrying over him and Sunny both, like he was a teenager too. It gives me Fourteenth Goldfish vibes, which is a good vibe! That book is awesome. Overall, great book! There's nothing I would change, except maybe make the book a little longer. Some of the story could've been expounded upon, but it's still fine. An easy ready for middle school kids. I'm giving this book the highest score: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aud

    This series just keeps getting better! I love how self-confident Sunny is in this one. She's bummed because all of her friends are going to be gone for most of the summer, the house is incredibly hot, and she doesn't have much to do. So, when she has an opportunity to work with some really nice people at the local pool, she leaps to take it, despite her mother's misgivings. Her mother continues to have misgivings throughout, which I thought was interesting. Sunny was late home a few times, large This series just keeps getting better! I love how self-confident Sunny is in this one. She's bummed because all of her friends are going to be gone for most of the summer, the house is incredibly hot, and she doesn't have much to do. So, when she has an opportunity to work with some really nice people at the local pool, she leaps to take it, despite her mother's misgivings. Her mother continues to have misgivings throughout, which I thought was interesting. Sunny was late home a few times, largely due to being a good friend and coworker who wanted to help clean up after minor emergencies and the like, but her mom (possibly due to her oldest child's problems with drugs not long before) is not swayed by even very reasonable explanations. Happily, Sunny's grandfather has come to stay with them! And he acts as mediator. Sunny's mom is also convinced that Sunny is dating, or trying to date, her friend Tony who's father owns the pool. And while there might be some proto-flirting going on, it's definitely not, to quote "10 Things I Hate About You," "Quite the Crisis Situation you imagine." Anyway, I don't know if kids will notice the mom as much as I did (seeing's how they're not adults), but there's other good stuff, too, and loads to enjoy. I think they'll really like this latest installation.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    12yo Sunny made it through her first year of middle school, but now summer is in full swing and all her friends are busy or away. No one will even be in town for her 13th birthday. Luckily, on a visit with her mom's friend to the country club for a swim, Sunny sees Tony, a boy she knows from school, working the snack shack. When the pool is cleared for "adult swim" and the shack gets super busy, Sunny helps out and Tony's dad offers her a summer job! I love this series so much! Sunny is adorable 12yo Sunny made it through her first year of middle school, but now summer is in full swing and all her friends are busy or away. No one will even be in town for her 13th birthday. Luckily, on a visit with her mom's friend to the country club for a swim, Sunny sees Tony, a boy she knows from school, working the snack shack. When the pool is cleared for "adult swim" and the shack gets super busy, Sunny helps out and Tony's dad offers her a summer job! I love this series so much! Sunny is adorable, I enjoy the nostalgia of the 70s - the bikes, the candy, the ice cream - even the country club - reminds me of my 12yo summers at the pool. Sunny's mom is priceless (and exactly like my mom) so suspicious and worried that Tony may have nefarious plans, when he's just a really nice boy. Full color illustrations and a great story. Stands on its own, but your library absolutely needs the whole set. cross posted to http://kissthebook.blogspot.com

  18. 4 out of 5

    TheNextGenLibrarian

    “Life is best when it’s free swim.” 🏊🏻 In this fourth installment of the Sunny series, we find Sunny on summer break and she’s bored. Most of her friends are out of town and she’s being forced to babysit. The only place that’s fun is the local pool. When she’s offered a job at the snack shack she also starts a flirtation with a coworker. This is one summer Sunny won’t forget. 🏊🏻 I’ve loved all the Sunny graphic novels because they’re so relatable, despite the decade they’re set in. I can definitely “Life is best when it’s free swim.” 🏊🏻 In this fourth installment of the Sunny series, we find Sunny on summer break and she’s bored. Most of her friends are out of town and she’s being forced to babysit. The only place that’s fun is the local pool. When she’s offered a job at the snack shack she also starts a flirtation with a coworker. This is one summer Sunny won’t forget. 🏊🏻 I’ve loved all the Sunny graphic novels because they’re so relatable, despite the decade they’re set in. I can definitely remember being bored in the summer and having my first job. I loved Sunny’s growth, her independence and finally her courage at the end. This is the kind of graphic novel middle grade readers need. Thank you Edelweiss for this ARC. Every librarian needs to purchase this on 9.21.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lee

    I know for some (many) a book set in the late 1970s is historical fiction, but for me, this book is a fairly accurate representation of my summer life working at the swimming pool. What good memories this brings back! I love the "field guide to the 70's" pages about the ice cream treats, movie theater candy, and TV shows of the 70's. So fun to have Gramps show up unexpectedly and receive the same "you're such a teenager!" treatment from Sunny's mom when he stays out too late! Kids are going to lo I know for some (many) a book set in the late 1970s is historical fiction, but for me, this book is a fairly accurate representation of my summer life working at the swimming pool. What good memories this brings back! I love the "field guide to the 70's" pages about the ice cream treats, movie theater candy, and TV shows of the 70's. So fun to have Gramps show up unexpectedly and receive the same "you're such a teenager!" treatment from Sunny's mom when he stays out too late! Kids are going to love this new book in the Sunny series, but others who are "of an age" are going to love the blast from the past! Thank you, Scholastic, for the ARC!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    For a kid who grew up in the 70s, I so hope this series never ends. It is so fun to travel back in time with Sunny. When reading this graphic novel series, it always amazes me what Jenny and Matthew Holm accurately remember from their childhoods. From cranky moms to banana seats on bikes to intimidating high dives to rocket pops to Starsky and Hutch—it is an absolute time-traveling delight! And how great is it to spend time with her grandpa again! So hope for another in the series! Keep them com For a kid who grew up in the 70s, I so hope this series never ends. It is so fun to travel back in time with Sunny. When reading this graphic novel series, it always amazes me what Jenny and Matthew Holm accurately remember from their childhoods. From cranky moms to banana seats on bikes to intimidating high dives to rocket pops to Starsky and Hutch—it is an absolute time-traveling delight! And how great is it to spend time with her grandpa again! So hope for another in the series! Keep them coming!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Sunny is looking forward to summer---being with her friends, and having fun. When her friends go away for the summer, Sunny has to figure out what to do. She gets a job at the snack bar at her neighborhood pool with Tony, one of her friends from school. It is a different summer than what Sunny thought was going to be, but she enjoys herself and gets a little independence from her mom. When I was 13, I was similar to Sunny in that I was asked to babysit my younger siblings and was often told I ne Sunny is looking forward to summer---being with her friends, and having fun. When her friends go away for the summer, Sunny has to figure out what to do. She gets a job at the snack bar at her neighborhood pool with Tony, one of her friends from school. It is a different summer than what Sunny thought was going to be, but she enjoys herself and gets a little independence from her mom. When I was 13, I was similar to Sunny in that I was asked to babysit my younger siblings and was often told I needed to be responsible. I could be friends with Sunny if she were a real person.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gwendolyn Kensinger

    Another super edition to the series. The deduction of a star was taken because throughout the story Sunny’s mom seemed so upset yet she never sat Sunny down and explained, or reasons were never provided to the reader. Grandpa did mention a possible most likely explanation, but it would have been nice coming from the mom to tie everything together. Otherwise I’m satisfied and hoping this series continues!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Another fun Sunny graphic- this time Sunny has her first job at the neighborhood pool where there is drama, first like, and the incredibly high diving board- all are challenges for Sunny to face. She also has to juggle her mom’s strange feelings toward Sunny’s new independence, and her mom’s strange feelings toward her grandpa’s visit , and HIS independence, also! Keep the Sunny graphics coming- they are a wonderful slice of late 70’s life!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Raven Black

    If you know Sunny, then you know this book. However, this time we are dealing with the summer she turns 13 with first (not babysitting) jobs and boys entering the picture. And mom is none too happy about that. Not only that, but Grandpa has also moved from FL and is doing what he does best: be himself and all the fun that comes with that! A fun continuation of the late 1970s growing up and a Tweety Bird t-shirt.

  25. 4 out of 5

    S

    During her summer vacations, Sunny's friends go out of town and she is left with nothing to do. She eventually joins a pool snack bar, a job offered by her friend, Tony Scaccia. The plot is fun filled. It explores the stages of love as two of Sunny's friends at pool fall in love with each other. One also finds an old man as hard to manage as a teenager in this book. During her summer vacations, Sunny's friends go out of town and she is left with nothing to do. She eventually joins a pool snack bar, a job offered by her friend, Tony Scaccia. The plot is fun filled. It explores the stages of love as two of Sunny's friends at pool fall in love with each other. One also finds an old man as hard to manage as a teenager in this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    I did enjoy this. The mom drove me nuts though. (view spoiler)[She wants Sunny to be more responsible. Sunny gets a job, willingly. And when she had to stay behind to help the mom got upset. I get it she's 13 but still. What do you expect? And yes I u derstand she was going through a rough time too. (hide spoiler)] I did enjoy this. The mom drove me nuts though. (view spoiler)[She wants Sunny to be more responsible. Sunny gets a job, willingly. And when she had to stay behind to help the mom got upset. I get it she's 13 but still. What do you expect? And yes I u derstand she was going through a rough time too. (hide spoiler)]

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I started reading the Sunny books when my daughter, now 12, told me a few years ago that she thought I would like them. Initially I read the first one just to humor her, but I quickly discovered she was right and I DID really like it. She has since abandoned the series, but I am sticking with it. :)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    May be my fave yet in the series of Sunny. The subtle plot of life turning out being cool when you think all’s a flop was executed well. We learn a lot about Sunny through the interactions she has with her grandfather and her new friends. I just wish the publisher had released it during summer. If you’re a kid and you haven’t read this yet, please do!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Sunny Makes a Splash is the fourth book in the series, and better than the third although still not as good as the first two. Sunny's job-at-the-pool adventures are fun to see (they reminded me of my lifeguard job from high school). While I miss the way Sunny Side Up dealt with more serious issues, this lighthearted story is enjoyable in its own way. Sunny Makes a Splash is the fourth book in the series, and better than the third although still not as good as the first two. Sunny's job-at-the-pool adventures are fun to see (they reminded me of my lifeguard job from high school). While I miss the way Sunny Side Up dealt with more serious issues, this lighthearted story is enjoyable in its own way.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This was a really fun summer story. You don’t have to read the other books featuring Sunny to understand this book, although the others are great too. The art is nice, not too detailed. The text is good as is the story. It’s funny, with a bit of romance thrown in. (Read an ARC.)

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