Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Peanut by Ayun Halliday and Paul Hoppe

I often try to use Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon to read at least one graphic novel. It's a genre I really love, but I don't read as many of them as I'd like because a) they're expensive and b) my library doesn't have a great stock. 

I happened to pick up Peanut, by Ayun Halliday and Paul Hoppe, when I was browsing for my potentials pile, and this turned out to be a delight. It's not a gn I'd ever heard of, but I'm definitely glad I picked it up. 

Sadie has changed high schools A LOT, and it's pure torture. So during this latest move, she decides on the BRILLIANT plan to fake a peanut allergy. It will make her unique and give her something to talk to people about. And the real kicker? It works! But as you can imagine, she soon begins to realize how inconvenient it is to have to remember to fake a peanut allergy. Her anal-retentive homeroom teacher wants her to turn in her EpiPen to the school nurse, her mom almost catches her wearing an allergy alert bracelet, and her friends FREAK OUT when she almost eats a chip cooked in peanut oil. 

While a peanut is a fairly innocuous thing, the peanut becomes the center of Sadie's life! But at least she has a new group of friends, and a boyfriend, and a supportive mom. Right? Nothing can go wrong! 

This was a really cute, funny book. And what a premise. Who knew that damn peanut could cause such problems! lol  It's a simple plot with simple characters, but I was charmed by it, and also by Paul Hoppe's artwork.

His style is just the clean, contemporary look that I like with little pops of color and expressive characters. While this graphic novel is certainly not the deepest you'll read, it's great fun and a good way to spend an hour. 

And when I was looking up the publication info to drop in below, I found out this is targeted to the 11-14 age group. No wonder it was a little lighter on the content side! Definitely worth picking up from the 'brary or adding to your kiddo's bookshelves (and sneaking a peek on a rainy afternoon). 

Have you read any graphic novels lately that you would recommend? 

Pub. Date: December 2012
Publisher: Random House Children's
Format: Graphic Novel
ISBN: 9780375865909
Source: Library

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