This was a gorgeously illustrated and poignant tale of grief and slice of life, with the perfect dash of ghostly asides. I loved it, and would have rated it a full 5 stars if the ending hadn’t been so rushed.
Pacing: ★★ 1/2
Sheets was brought to my attention by the lovely Ariel Bissett, who reads such an eclectic mix of books that I've been a YouTube subscriber to her content for years. I feel like giving her a shout out for bringing this lovely book to my attention. Read her Goodreads review here.
Sheets is a very unique middle grade graphic novel, dealing with a young girl in a coastal town who is keeping her family's laundromat afloat—while it continues to sink—after the death of her mother.
Told in BEAUTIFULLY rendered artwork, this was something so, so special.
There's also a ghost—in Halloween-style sheet—named Wendell, who finds his way into the laundromat and ends up in a bit of a pickle. Wendell was a young boy who died and is now trying to reconnect with the world despite the Land of Ghosts rulebook. It's quirky, it's adorable, it's everything.
Now, keeping in mind that this is middle grade, I felt it was really well done. The story has some significant vignettes of grief as it displays in a middle schooler, a parent, and a child. It handles financial struggle in an easy-to-grasp way. It's tastefully funny via Wendell the ghost.
I did think that the ending wrapped up in a fraction of the time it should have, given the pacing of the first 3/4. We should have had more time with that sequence, and I'm puzzled by the hasty ending as the first half was extremely measured in its pacing. What gives? It was mildly irritating, but as the rest of the story was still so strong I went with it.
Definitely check this out if you're a fan of graphic novel artwork or cute middle grade stories. Or if you need something fresh to enjoy over a cup of tea. This was great!