Book Review, Other

Sheets by Brenna Thummler (Arc Review)

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Summary:

Synopsis from GoodReads.com:

“Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for.

Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.

When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt’s Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain.

Sheets illustrates the determination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem to be conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whether life feels over or life is over. But above all, it is a story of the forgiveness and unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a haunted laundromat.”

Review:

A story of sad girl meets dead boy.

Sheets is an adorable graphic novel about a little girl in mourning who meets a ghost boy who is still coming to terms with his own death. I loved this graphic novel. It was a very simple story with some plot elements that I have seen a hundred times before but I had never seen it done this way. I cant think of a single book I have read where ghosts actually wear sheets. It is an adorable idea.

The artwork in this book is lovely. For a story about death, ghosts and growing up it is brilliantly colourful. All of the art is so bright and lively. It really sets the atmosphere of the story.

I think the only issue I really had with this book was that is pretty predictable. Like I said before, it has some plot elements that I have seen hundreds of times, but that isn’t a bad thing. It is a graphic novel for middle grade readers with some very cute visual ideas. It is about growing up and death, and sometimes those stories need to be a little cliche. I wont spoil the ending of this book but visually the end of this book is great and it was worth the read just for that alone.

Sometimes you need a story this cute and simple to brighten your day.

TLDR:

  • A cute middle grade graphic novel about death and mourning.
  • Lively and colourful artwork that sets the tone of the story really well.
  • Some cliche plot elements.
  • Reminds me of the old Casper cartoons.
  • The ending is a lot of fun visually.

Rating:

3 star copy

3 out of 5 Skulls 

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I want to thank Netgalley and Diamond Book Distributors for sending me this novel to review. 

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