A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sisters, the follow-up to author-illustrator Raina Telgemeir's previous graphic novel memoir, Smile, is a funny, affectionate examination of family dynamics and sibling rivalry. Raina, Amara, and their younger brother, Will, are presented as a believable set of siblings with competing interests and different foibles. Their expressions and reactions are sometimes overstated, but that's all in tune with the comics format. There's no objectionable content.
What's the story?
A family road trip from San Francisco to Denver is an occasion for Raina to contemplate her rocky relationship with her younger sister, Amara. When she was younger, Raina couldn't wait to be a big sister, but, when Amara arrived, she turned out to be a cranky, grouchy baby and toddler. Now the two of them constantly get on each other's nerves, especially when they're stuck in a minivan together on a long car trip. Along the way, they learn some lessons about what it means to be a family.
Is it any good?
SISTERS is a funny, touching follow-up to Smile. Through big gestures and small details, it captures the comedy and drama of sibling rivalry and affection. It also touches on some disturbing issues (unemployment, the possibility of separation/divorce), but the story mostly emphasizes how it's possible to love somebody while enduring his or her "crazy" behavior.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why graphic novels are a good form for memoir. What advantages do they have over conventional prose memoirs?
What are some of the issues that cause tension between brothers and sisters? What are good methods of trying to resolve them?
What kinds of stressful events occur on family vacations? What are good ways to ensure that all members of the family enjoy an extended road trip?
- Author: Raina Telgemeier
- Illustrator: Raina Telgemeier
- Genre: Autobiography
- Topics: Arts and dance, Brothers and sisters, Great girl role models, Holidays
- Book type: Non-Fiction
- Publisher: Graphix
- Publication date: August 26, 2014
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
- Number of pages: 208
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Award: ALA Best and Notable Books
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