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Jennifer L. Holm

Author of Our Only May Amelia

74+ Works 19,430 Members 787 Reviews 2 Favorited

About the Author

After graduating from Dickinson College, Jennifer L. Holm became a broadcast producer of television commercials and music videos for numerous companies including Nickelodeon, MTV, American Express, Hershey's and Huggies. Her first book, Our Only May Amelia, was a 2000 Newbery Honor Book. Both Penny show more from Heaven and Turtle in Paradise were Newbery Honor recipients in 2007 and 2011, respectively. She is also the author of numerous series including Boston Jane, Babymouse, and The Stink Files, which she writes with her husband Jonathan Hamel. Her title, The Fourteenth Goldfish made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Series

Works by Jennifer L. Holm

Our Only May Amelia (1999) 1,899 copies, 36 reviews
Turtle in Paradise (2010) 1,476 copies, 95 reviews
The Fourteenth Goldfish (2014) 1,262 copies, 78 reviews
Penny from Heaven (2006) 1,238 copies, 43 reviews
Babymouse, Queen of the World! (2005) 1,124 copies, 100 reviews
Sunny Side Up (2015) 994 copies, 38 reviews
Boston Jane: An Adventure (2001) 927 copies, 18 reviews
Babymouse, Our Hero (2005) 577 copies, 23 reviews
Swing It, Sunny (2017) 558 copies, 14 reviews
Babymouse, Beach Babe (2006) 476 copies, 15 reviews
Babymouse: Rock Star (2006) 419 copies, 17 reviews
Squish #1: Super Amoeba (2011) 396 copies, 19 reviews
Full of Beans (2016) 379 copies, 10 reviews
Babymouse, Puppy Love (2007) 370 copies, 20 reviews
Camp Babymouse (2007) 355 copies, 7 reviews
Babymouse, Heartbreaker (2006) 342 copies, 17 reviews
Sunny Rolls the Dice (2019) 331 copies, 10 reviews
Babymouse, Monster Mash (2008) 308 copies, 9 reviews
Babymouse, Skater Girl (2007) 300 copies, 5 reviews
Babymouse, Dragonslayer (2009) 267 copies, 6 reviews
Babymouse, Cupcake Tycoon (2010) 266 copies, 9 reviews
Comics Squad: Recess! (2014) — Editor; Contributor — 261 copies, 8 reviews
Babymouse, The Musical (2009) 259 copies, 8 reviews
The Lion of Mars (2021) 242 copies, 11 reviews
Babymouse: Mad Scientist (2011) 223 copies, 5 reviews
The Trouble with May Amelia (2011) 222 copies, 11 reviews
Boston Jane: Wilderness Days (2002) 220 copies, 3 reviews
Babymouse Burns Rubber (2010) 207 copies, 5 reviews
The Third Mushroom (2018) 202 copies, 7 reviews
Boston Jane: The Claim (2004) 193 copies, 5 reviews
Squish #2: Brave New Pond (2011) 184 copies, 6 reviews
Sunny Makes a Splash (2021) 169 copies, 9 reviews
Squish #3: The Power of the Parasite (2012) 165 copies, 2 reviews
Babymouse for President (2012) 151 copies, 7 reviews
A Very Babymouse Christmas (2011) 142 copies, 5 reviews
Squish #4: Captain Disaster (2012) 140 copies, 6 reviews
Comics Squad #2: Lunch! (2016) — Editor; Author — 133 copies, 3 reviews
Extreme Babymouse (2013) 128 copies, 2 reviews
Squish #5: Game On! (2013) 120 copies, 4 reviews
Babymouse, Bad Babysitter (2015) 104 copies, 2 reviews
Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel (2021) 103 copies, 5 reviews
Happy Birthday, Babymouse (2014) 102 copies, 1 review
Babymouse Goes for the Gold (2016) 91 copies, 1 review
Squish #6: Fear the Amoeba (2014) 83 copies, 3 reviews
The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight (2019) 77 copies, 4 reviews
Squish #7: Deadly Disease of Doom (2015) 72 copies, 1 review
The Creek (2003) 68 copies, 3 reviews
Comics Squad #3: Detention! (2017) — Editor; Author — 63 copies, 3 reviews
Squish #8: Pod vs. Pod (2016) 62 copies, 1 review
Sunny Makes Her Case (2024) 45 copies, 1 review
Once Upon a Messy Whisker (2022) 39 copies, 3 reviews
Little Babymouse and the Christmas Cupcakes (2016) 35 copies, 3 reviews
I'm Grumpy (My First Comics) (2016) 25 copies, 1 review
I'm Sunny! (My First Comics) (2016) 22 copies, 1 review
Besties! (2023) 5 copies, 1 review
Babymouse : 4 copies
Books 1 copy
El tercer xampinyó (2022) 1 copy

Associated Works

Shelf Life: Stories by the Book (2003) — Contributor — 313 copies, 4 reviews
Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. (2017) — Contributor — 185 copies, 7 reviews
Too Much Information: an Unshelved collection (2012) — Foreword — 122 copies, 3 reviews
The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection (2018) — Contributor — 100 copies, 2 reviews
Help the CBLDF Defend Comics (FCBD 2017) (2017) — Contributor — 4 copies

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Wow. Sweet and sad and ultimately hopeful. This book uses a cloud-like touch to do some heavy emotional lifting. There are no clear or easy answers at the end, and I found that thoroughly satisfying. The art didn't wow me, but it contributes to the much-needed lightness.
 
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Library_Guard | 37 other reviews | Jun 17, 2024 |
Representation: Black and Asian characters
Trigger warnings: N/A
Score: Seven out of ten.

At least I didn't take a few years to get around to reading Sunny Rolls the Dice by Jennifer L. Holm. After reading Swing it, Sunny, I hoped this one would be as good if not better, but let me get this straight: I wasn't disappointed. I only found the other three instalments slightly more enjoyable, but at least it wasn't an underwhelming reading experience.

It starts (more like continues) with Sunny opening a 1970s magazine and completing a quiz on how 'groovy' she is (according to late 1970s standards,) only to discover she is 'not groovy.' The theme of this collection of illustrations seems to be self-worth and how judging yourself could lead to negative consequences, and that is a discussion topic that is still relevant. The central problem is Sunny continues to judge herself harshly and changes her attributes to make herself more 'groovy' for most of the narrative, and she only stopped that in the concluding pages.

Let's move on to some other aspects, the pictures were engaging and so were some of the characters, with the spotlight being on Sunny this time as she keeps developing and changing as a character. The side characters are sometimes on the page, like Arun (an Asian,) but not as often as Sunny. Dedicating more page time to them would help though. It appears Sunny stopped judging herself mostly by herself, with help from other people, but there wasn't a support network. Perhaps people didn't understand problems like this back then in the late 1970s? (If so, then there's one downside to living in that decade.) The lighter scenes like when Sunny plays Dungeons and Dragons (a contemporary game at that period) with her friends is a jarring juxtaposition compared to the heavier subjects. At least the finish is heartwarming as I see Sunny's arc come to a close. There is one more book in the Sunny series to read, Sunny Makes Her Case, but no library has it, so I'll write my thoughts on it once I obtain it. It sounds intriguing, though.
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Law_Books600 | 9 other reviews | May 19, 2024 |
Representation: Character with a physical disability
Trigger warnings: Loss of limb (arm,) drug use, abuse and addiction mentioned in the past
Score: Seven out of ten.

It looks like I finally read this one. I haven't read from Jennifer L. Holm in almost two years, but I needed to complete the Sunny series (which I read out of order, since I read the first and then the fourth instalments) so I picked Swing it, Sunny, up. I headed in with high expectations and found it enjoyable.

Did I mention this one is one of the few illustrated novels I haven't read yet until now? It starts (more like continues) with Sunny Lewin moving away from Florida after the events of the first novel and now enters her first year of middle school. I initially thought it would only be another story in the list of school narratives, but it goes deeper than that. The only intriguing subplot is one involving her brother, Dale, who had to attend boarding school because of his drug abuse issues. I appreciated the pictures, which looked engaging and the likable characters, though I couldn't relate to the dysfunctional family, with Dale distancing himself from his siblings and parents, but I'm sure others can relate.

The pacing is enough to keep the book going, with its length barely over 200 pages, so I didn't find it too slow, overwhelming or filled with filler pages that add nothing. Even when Dale briefly visits Sunny during Thanksgiving, an American holiday, she thinks he changes, but he eventually warms up to her, showing intriguing character dynamics and development. I don't see settings like the one in Swing it, Sunny, that often, as Holm set this one in the late 1970s, allowing for a fascinating look into what happened at that time. Some readers may feel young in a way, but I didn't mind that much. Not all side characters are the same, with some being memorable, and others, not quite as such. Developing more characters beside Dale would improve the reading experience, though. At least the conclusion is heartwarming. I'll write my thoughts on Sunny Rolls the Dice after reviewing this one.
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Law_Books600 | 13 other reviews | May 19, 2024 |
My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/KJhDfQdI7U8

Enjoy!
 
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