Sunny Rolls the Dice by Jennifer L. Holm

Sunny Rolls the Dice

Too cool for school . . . or the least groovy girl in the grade?Sunny's just made it to middle school . . . and it's making her life very confusing. All her best friend Deb wants to talk about is fashion, boys, makeup, boys, and being cool. Sunny's not against any of these things, but she also doesn't understand why suddenly everything revolves around them. She's much more comfortable when she's in her basement, playing Dungeons & Dragons with a ...

Details Sunny Rolls the Dice

TitleSunny Rolls the Dice
Release DateOct 1st, 2019
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Sunny Rolls the Dice

  • Tucker
    Many thanks to Scholastic Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewAs expected, I loved it. Sunny and her friends have always been close to my heart. Especially because I came across the graphic novel series when I was going through an especially rough time. (I mean when am I not but you know what I mean). This book delivered the humor and love that every previous book has. I loved the topic of "Grooviness" and seeing Sunny exp...
  • Manybooks
    While Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm's graphic novel Sunny Rolls the Dice is of course and naturally from its content and storyline squarely situated in the late 1970s and early 1980s (and yes, as a child and teenager of that time, I also do very fondly remember playing Dungeons and Dragons, not ever as religiously and as avidly and with all of the diverse paraphernalia that Sunny and her friends did, but yes, we often played D & D during lunc...
  • Laura
    It is interesting to notice how many books about middle school have to do with trying to figure out the rules of middle school. And it is so true. There are so many unwritten rules that somehow the other girls know, instinctively, and we, who don’t, can’t figure out what all the fuss is about.Poor Sunny doesn’t understand why playing Dungeons and Dragons with the boys is not fun for her best friend, who tells her she should be doing other t...
  • Emily
    I continue to enjoy the Sunny series and especially appreciate the 1970s nostalgia. However, reading this almost immediately after the Raina Telgemeier books makes me realize it's just not in the same league -- which just goes to show how great a range there is in my three star reviews...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Copy provided by the publisherSunny is still struggling with middle school in the 1970s. She reads all of the teen magazines with her best friend Deb and attempts to be "groovy", but feels she falls short in all areas, and doesn't understand why Deb is so interested in boys. When she meets a group of boys from the neighborhood who invite the two to play Dungeons and Dragons, Sunny really gets into the game, even though it is confusing at first. H...
  • Allison
    Very episodic, but fun! There's no sense of purposeful rude treatment by Sunny's friends even as their interests diverge. Friends grow apart sometimes without it being cruel and that's okay!
  • Emma
    In high school, my best friend never tried to tell me we were too old for trick-or-treat. She knew better.
  • Leslie
    This was my first Sunny book to read. I just loved the tween angst of being "groovy"!
  • laura (bookies & cookies)
    I finished and reviewed an arc before it's published???? What a concept.I can see why the kiddos love this and other realistic series (even though this is set FIFTY years in the past, weren't the 70s like 30 years ago? right?). Sunny rates herself on the "groovy meter" throughout the book, but really she's rating herself by her friends' standards and not her own. She begins to play D&D, while she had already begun comics back in book #1. Fun. Als...
  • orangerful
    3.5 stars - Not quite as strong as the other two Sunny books, but maybe that is because the subject matter never got quite as serious. But that's okay too because if you're a kid with a pretty healthy home life, then just getting older can be serious and stressful. Sunny and her guy friends all start playing D&D together around the same time her girl friends are starting to become more interested in dating and "what's groovy". It's cute and actua...
  • Christine Fitzgerald
    I loved this book because it took me back to my childhood years filled with roller skates, tape decks, and board games in basements.
  • Rebecca
    No matter how long it's been, middle school still hurts. This book absolutely captures that.
  • Christy
    I love that it’s a book about not being cool in middle school. Sunny figures out how to be true to herself and play D & D with the neighborhood boys. I think my fourth graders will love this one too. (Although they won’t get the 70s references like I did.)
  • Suzanne Dix
    I just love this series but book #1 will forever remain in my heart (Gramps!). Kids will enjoy this historical look at middle school in the 70s.
  • Margaret
    This is a cute story, about a middle schooler in the 70s who doesn't fit in with her childhood girlfriends anymore. Instead, she finds a group of nerdy guys and finds she LOVES playing D&D. I didn't much like how some of the characters were drawn.
  • Michelle
    Actual rating: 3.5 stars
  • Janet
    Oh the sting of middle school when you aren't ready to be a boy crazy fashionista!
  • Lorraine
    Middle school, 1977. Sunny takes a "groovy quiz" in a teen magazine and realize she is not always groovy! Things are starting to change with her best friend Deb, who is suddenly very interested in boys and shopping and clothes, etc... Sunny enjoys those things too, but not as much as Deb. When a group of boys from the neighborhood invite her to play Dungeons and Dragons with them, she goes with Deb to play. At first she finds the game confusing, ...
  • Joseph Sanchez
    I gave this one four stars because I grew up in the 70s, and I can really relate to the D&D. Although I wasn't addicted to the game, I tried to play and had fun fumbling around trying to figure out the directions with all the dice rolling, map making, and unpredictable play. Somewhere in the house I still have a Players Handbook. I lost the Monster Manual. I think I let someone borrow it, and it never came back. Sunny has to find her place in the...
  • Bryan Borgman
    While I think Sunny Side Up is probably the best in the series so far, Rolls the Dice is my favorite... because of D&D! I was (am) totally that kid who spent my Saturdays rolling the dice and spent way too much allowance on miniatures (still do!)
  • Angela
    Much less about the brother in here but a great glimpse at the feels of the teen years, friendships and being genuine with your likes and dislikes.
  • Miriam
    How is it possible to love Sunny ever more! This book totally proved it! I loved this book!
  • Lynn
    So lovely to have another Sunny book. She is now navigating the mysteries of middle school, the issue of friendships changing and finding one's own group of people. Loved the references to the 70's and D&D! Funny how enduring that game is. My own sons played for hours and hours in our basement in the early 90's and my grandsons play now ;-)A total delight!
  • Lupe
    I read this ARC yesterday and loved it on the first page. Holm checks all my boxes, 70s groove, feminist, breaking gender stereotypes, learning how to find your tribe. Etc. I can already think of some readers who will love this one!
  • Ryleigh McDonald
    The book “Sunny Rolls The Dice” is a graphic novel by Jennifer and Matthew Holm. This book is about a girl named Sunny who likes to play Dungeons and Dragons but is too afraid to play because of her friend Deb. Sunny cares a lot about Deb’s opinion because she wants to be “Groovy”. Deb is a very girly person who likes to talk about boys and clothes while Sunny, on the other hand, likes to play games like Dungeons and Dragons and doesn...
  • Ashley
    I really enjoyed this one, apparently more than the other books in the Sunny series. I thought it was fun and relatable, easily my favourite of the series so far. I did, however, forget that the other two books took place in the 70s, so I was a little confused by the grooviness in the first chapter. My boyfriend is just starting to get into D&D; he's really into Magic: The Gathering and I sometimes reluctantly play with him (but I hate it. It's b...
  • Hollowspine
    It's always hard when you and your childhood friends start finding different interests and you realize that your paths are diverging. It might be easier to just follow along with the others, and pretend you're interested in the same things, but it's not too fun. In this volume of the Sunny series she discovers that she likes playing Dungeons and Dragons, but her best friend quickly tires of the game and acts like it's only for babies. She'd rathe...
  • Andrew
    Awww, Sunny! Sunny is a unique "cool/uncool" groovy/not groovy tween. She's trying to fit in with the girls and hang out with the boys and find her groove...Set in the 70's...When she's invited to a group of boys playing Dungeons and Dragons, Sunny hesitantly begins. When friendships are tested though, and realities of growing up begin, Sunny becomes torn between her love of the Role playing game and socially fitting in. There is a lot of diversi...
  • Alicia
    A continuation that basically Jennifer Holm's experiences is set in the late 70s featuring all of the things that were rad at that time and how Sunny got involved in playing Dungeons and Dragons while questioning her friendship with a girl who was more interested in designer jeans and boys but not playing them in games, instead crushing on them. It has an easy flow but not as cohesive as I remember the others-- this one seems a little more vignet...