08. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

Sunny by Taiyo Matsumoto, 224 pages, read by Courtney, on 09/14/2013

Sunny is a lovely and unusual new manga series. Sunny is also a type of car that has captured the imaginations of the children of the Star Kids orphanage. The broken-down Sunny sits in the yard of the orphanage and serves as a spot for the kids to hang out, seek refuge and imagine their ideal lives. The narrative shifts from resident to resident giving the reader not only a slice of life, but a glimpse into the hopes and dreams of the kids living at the home. It’s not a bad orphanage; the adults running it are kind and do all they can to create a home for their charges. The kids are like kids one would meet anywhere; they have good days and bad, but they have to sort it all out amongst themselves.
Sweet, sad and funny – this manga hits all the right notes without ever overdoing it.

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