Graphic Novel (Guest) Review 69/365: Sisters – Scholastic Week!

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One of the things that I like to do in my classroom is give students, when possible, real-life assessment opportunities.  Late this last school week, I offered up guest Scholastic Week reviews as assessments to my students.  Two of them took me up on the offer, and we quickly got to work reading, writing, and editing book reviews.  Today, I’m featuring a review of Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters, reviewed by Meghan T.

Meghan started reading the book on Wednesday, got me a rough draft on Friday, had a marching band competition on Saturday, and we made last minute edits today for my Sunday post deadline.  It’s shorter than other assessments that I have offered, so she will also have to write a reflection letter about her process as part of her grade, but it has been fun, and I know raising the stakes with real-life writing with a real-life audience crates conversations and an editing process that feels authentic, never forced, and timely.

Title: Sisters 

Author(s): Raina Telgemeier

Publisher: Scholastic (2014)

Age Rating: 7+

I’m proud to present Meghan T.’s review of Sisters:

From someone who has a sister, Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, is the perfect depiction of how sisters act with one another.  Oldest sister Raina and youngest sister Amara have a difficult time getting along.  On a road trip to Colorado, they experience an abundance of problems.  Throughout the book, Telgemeier continues telling their story, but also adds a series of flashbacks relating to the current argument that the sisters are experiencing. These flashbacks show that sisters will always have the same problems no matter how old they are.  These flashbacks fit perfectly in the story and really adds to the overall quality of the book.

Personally, even as a seventeen year old, I still prefer simple art over very detailed art.  Telgemeier’s art in Sisters is very simplistic compared to other books that we have read in class.  Simple art tends to be geared more toward younger children because of the smaller attention spans they have; it gives them more time to pay attention to the content while reading and not get distracted by busy backgrounds.  In the book, Telgemeier’s drawings are very basic cartoon characters with not much detail at all.  The color scheme is very bright and happy which is perfect for all ages.

One of many things that can be taken away from this book is that people change, but close family is always here for you.  Raina struggles to bond with her cousins who she hasn’t seen in a while because they are different than she remembers.  Raina ends up spending more time with her immediate family rather than the cousins she was meant to be with on the road trip.  This tells us that everyone is going to change, including you, but family is always here.  Cherish what you have with your parents and siblings…they will always be there for you.

I would give this a 7+ rating because this is the ideal book for younger children, but I also related and took things away from this book.  So, really it could be for anyone.  There is no profanity or deep, dark, heavy content.  This makes for a very fun and easy read with a good message.

-Meghan

I’d like to thank Meghan for her review.  Five days ago, Meghan had never even heard of Raina Telgemeier, and today she has a review published on one of her books…ahhh technology.

Tomorrow, we kick off a new week.  I want to thank my student reviewers this week, and I hope you enjoyed the happy-go-lucky Scholastic titles that have been reviewed this week.  Check them out, and share them with the ones you care about.

Eric

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