By Raina Telgemeier with color by Braden Lamb
New York : Graphix, 2014, Grade 4-6
This story is about the author, her family and the road trip
they are about to take to go visit her family in Colorado Springs. It goes
through all the struggles that the family experiences along the way on this
road trip. This story also shares some good memories (flashbacks) that have
occurred causing the family to be at the point which they are at now. It takes
you through the timeline of the trip and the visit with her family and nothing
goes as planned.
The author's writing style is very detailed and fun. She does
not back away form the bad stuff. The reader can see that she wants to include
anything that could possibly happen on a family trip. She fills her story with
emotions, both good and bad. Since this books is mainly pictures with little
writing the illustrations do most of the talking. However, with as little words
there are she does at great job at getting her point across!
The illustrations are wonderful! They are full of life and
color. Every illustration fits the scene that is happening at that point in the
book! The flashbacks that occur in this book are made in a more dull olden type
color, which allows for easy knowledge of what parts of the story are from the
past and which ones are current. Since it is written like a comic book, the
illustrator and author have made it very easy to know what order to read the
I personally loved this book! I myself have a younger sister, so I could relate to a lot of the conflict between the two girls in this book.
I thought it was a very cute read. I also really enjoyed that the author used a
more comic book style to write this book. For someone who doesn't like to read
books that often like myself or prefers to look at pictures, this would be a
great book to choose. I believe that it can be very relatable to any kid that
has siblings and has ever ridden in a car for a long period of time with them.
I would suggest this book to any kid grade 4-6 but I feel girls would enjoy it
more then boys because it is centered around Raina in the book.
Review by Laura Shelley