Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk

Making Friends

Sixth grade was SO much easier for Danielle. All her friends were in the same room and she knew what to expect from her life. But now that she's in seventh grade, she's in a new middle school, her friends are in different classes and forming new cliques, and she is completely lost. When Danielle inherits a magical sketchbook from her eccentric great aunt Elma, she draws Madison, an ideal best friend that springs to life right off the page! But ev...

Details Making Friends

TitleMaking Friends
Release DateJul 31st, 2018
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Humor, Comics

Reviews Making Friends

  • Laura Gardner
    Just putting this fabulous #graphicnovel on your radar. It's not out until July 31, but it is going to be a HIT! Thanks to @Scholasticinc for sharing an ARC with me; I will be adding this to the @kidlitexchange network and sending it to @theloudlibrarylady first!~*~*~*~*~*MAKING FRIENDS by Kristen Gudsnuk, @henchgirl_comic, is SO ENTERTAINING. Imagine you have a magic notebook and anything you draw comes to life. Dany is in a new class in 7th gra...
  • Stephanie Tournas
    For Dany 7th grade is full of inscrutable social rules. Nothing feels as fun and effortless as 6th grade. When she is able to conjure a new best friend magically from a deceased great aunt's sketchbook, life seems to improve. But then her new best friend has needs too. I love the mashup of real middle grade angst with nerdy fandom and cosplay. Nerds, geeks, punks, goths, family disfunction, also come to play. Clever and relatable. Artwork, unfini...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusMiddle school can be difficult when it means going to a bigger school where your friends from elementary school are in different classes and even lunch waves, and Dany is having a hard time. There are a few kids giving her a hard time on the bus as well, and her old friends seem to be developing other interests. After visiting her recently deceased Aunt Elma's house and bringing the aunt's sketch book back with her, Dany ...
  • Elaine
    Danielle is struggling to adjust to her new middle school life. Hers is the typical tween story until she draws her favorite manga character, heartthrob villain Prince Neptune, in her eccentric aunt’s inherited sketch book. He emerges, alive, from the pages into her room, but since she only sketched his pretty face, he is just a talking “floaty head.” She wants to keep him around and secret so she carries him in her backpack and keeps him i...
  • Tracy
    Thanks to the Kit Lit Exchange for the free review copy. All opinions are my own.This is a very interesting, and at times hilarious, graphic novel. As 7th grader Dany starts a new school, she is split into a different cohort from her elementary school friends. For the first time in her life, Dany doesn't have friendships to fall back on and she is the target of bullying from new classmates. Around the same time, she finds a magical notebook at he...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Gudsnuk, Kristen Making Friends, 257 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL Graphix (Scholastic), 2018. $25. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: PG (kissing); Violence: PG (bullying). School for Dany is crazy. She had sixth grade figured out but now seventh grade is going to give her a run for her money. Dany inherits a magical notebook from her aunt that passed away. In that notebook the things she draws comes to life, so when she draws her dream best friend an...
  • Were Wolf
    3.5, maybe even a 4.Dany is having a rough 7th grade year! She's in different classes then her friends, and none of the kids in her class really want to talk to her, unless they're bullying her. One day she draws the "misunderstood" Prince Neptune('s head) from her favorite anime in a sketch book she got from her great aunt's house, and his head becomes real before her eyes! The next day after a boy in her class makes her stupid she decides to dr...
  • Isabelle Peterson
    I hated this book. It was so stupid. The beginning of the book was really strange but then it looked like it was going to suck less in the middle. The ending sealed the deal and officially made the book stupid. The entire time you are confused about what is going on. Between the weird floating head thing and the main characters horrible personality it was a waste of time. The artwork was not my favorite. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! It is so not worth ...
  • Glynnis Grieco-waters
    When you’re really little, making friends is easy. You sit next to someone in kindergarten and suddenly they’re your best friend forever. For 12 year old Dany those friends are Leah and Joan. But things change in 7th grade when Leah and Joan are put in a different cluster than Dany. And when suddenly friendless Dany finds a magic notebook, she uses it to bring to life a 'perfect' friend that's in all of her classes. But, as Dany learns, frien...
  • Rachel
    Making Friends is a nicely illustrated graphic novel. As a middle schooler, I can say that it accurately describes a real life middle school (minus the magic). It gets a bit weird and confusing when a magic head comes out of a book and starts ordering people around. Gudsnuk didn't explain how the magic came to be or when it works or not and I think if there was more explanation it would have been better.
  • Pam
    A new graphic novel for the 4th and 5th grade set. Story was a bit confusing but fun. Dany is having a tough time making friends. When she accidentally draws the head of her "Prince-crush" and it comes alive, she draws herself a friend. Never a good idea.
  • An
    Disclaimer: I received an advance reader's copy of Making Friends from Scholastic. This graphic novel will be sold in bookstores on July 31, 2018.
  • Lexi
    A fun wacky read. Very middle school with interesting art. It is a little annoying how “damsel in distress” dany is, but the other characters do balance out.
  • Jordan
    This is a hilarious and at times emotional book. There are tons of great gags all over every page, some really tiny in the background, but I really feel I got my money's worth with how much there is to digest on each page (funny subtle references to Twin Peaks, A Serious Man, Mad Men show that the author is really making herself laugh while she draws!) The main character, Dany, is flawed but funny and likable in a very realistic way. The various ...
  • Purplemanatees
    purplemanatees.orgIt has been a very long time since I have ever received an ARC of a graphic novel! I used to receive them at old NYCC but now they're very few and far between!This is a great middle school book about what it is like going on to the next grade and not being in any of your friends classes. Being lonely is never fun but Dany discovers a way to fix that and it's not how you would think. The author, Kristen Gudsnuk, also wrote the co...