Sweaterweather by Sara Varon | Book Review

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Sweaterweather by Sara Varon | Book ReviewSweaterweather by Sara Varon
Published by First Second on February 2nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels
Pages: 128
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781626726772

Back before Odd Duck, before Robot Dreams, Sara Varon created Sweaterweather. This endearing, quirky volume is a captivating look into Varon's creative process. It combines short comics stories, essays, and journal entries, and invites the reader into the world of Sara Varon: where adorable, awkward anthropomorphic animals walk the streets of Brooklyn and a surprising, sideways revelation is waiting around every corner.
First Second is proud to introduce Sweaterweather to a new generation of readers in this gorgeous jacketed hardcover, with a new cover and plenty of new content.

Why Did I Read Sweaterweather?

Sweaterweather by Sara Varon has an adorable cover. I’ll admit that I essentially read this graphic novel based on the cover. I liked the purple and I have this thing about deer. So, I absolutely had to read this book. Plus, I read it during a time when there actually snow on the ground and it was actually weather where you could wear a sweater, so I was in the right mood to read Sara Varon’s book.

What’s The Story Here?

So, Sweaterweather does not really have a specific storyline that it follows. What it is, is a sort of graphic anthology of comics featuring animals doing people things. There’s also essays and journal entries. It’s a book of vignettes, essentially. So, this is the kind of book that you can read piecemeal or all in one go.

How Did I Like Sweaterweather?

It has been a year and a half since I read Sweaterweather. However, I remember reading it in a single sitting. I remember really liking the animals. Although, I admit that I do not remember much of the stories or retained very much of what I read. That being said, despite having sort of a memory lapse, I don’t remember really disliking anything about this book or finding myself annoyed at anything.

How’s The Art?

So aside from being written by Varon, this book is also illustrated by Varon. I liked that the animals and the art all follow a distinctive style. It’s full of curvy art as opposed to sharp lines and extreme contrast. I mean, this book has art that just flows really well. It is easy on the eyes, especially after a long day.

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  1. When I first saw your review, I thought it was for a picture book that looked really cute haha!! The cover is still really cute and even though I don’t read many graphic novels I’ll have to look into it. I like short story formats when they’re illustrated 🙂
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