Making Friends

Making Friends Review

Sixth grade was SO much easier for Danielle. All her friends were in the same room and she knew what to expect from her life. But now that she's in seventh grade, she's in a new middle school, her friends are in different classes and forming new cliques, and she is completely lost.

When Danielle inherits a magical sketchbook from her eccentric great aunt Elma, she draws Madison, an ideal best friend that springs to life right off the page! But even when you create a best friend, it's not easy navigating the ups and downs of relationships, and before long Danielle and Madison are not exactly seeing eye-to-eye.

To make matters worse, Danielle has drawn the head of her favorite (and totally misunderstood) cartoon villain, Prince Neptune. He's also come to life and is giving her terrible advice about how to make people like her. When she rejects him and he goes on a rampage during a school pep rally, Danielle and Madison have to set aside their differences to stop him!

Title:Making Friends

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  • Elaine

    Danielle is struggling to adjust to her new middle school life. Hers is the typical tween story until she draws her favorite manga character, heartthrob villain Prince Neptune, in her eccentric aunt...

  • Laura

    I loved it. A fun, tongue in cheek homage to childhood difficulties and passions with a delightful dash of magic. Art fit the story perfectly....

  • Mehsi

    Ahhhhh, this was just too much fun to read! I just adored it. It is full of magic, making friends (which isn't easy to do), imagination, and finding a place to belong. I adored the characters, though ...

  • Giselle A Nguyen

    One of the best kids’ graphic novels I’ve ever read. This is a laugh-out-loud funny romp, following Dany, a seventh grader who’s having difficulty socially – so when she finds a magic sketchbo...

  • Krista Regester

    A magic notebook that can make money? Sign me up....

  • laura (bookies & cookies)

    The color story is incredible! I also found myself laughing, and not just from the main story, but from all the little asides in the far corners of the panels and the brand & name changes so as not to...

  • Destiny Henderson

    STORY:"How do you weaponize friendship?" (pg 234)In Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk (272 pages), Dany is bummed to find herself split up from her usual friend group. Now in the 7th grade, she finds ...

  • katyjanereads

    1. I thought this book was really cute!2. I loved the concept of being able to draw anything you want and it comes to life. I think there could have been even more of that in this book. Middle schoole...

  • Bitsy

    The plot was a little all over the place, but I still found this book really, really fun and charming! It’s a great mix of wacky wish fulfillment fantasy and dealing with real-world problems. Plus, ...

  • Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn

    I loved all the Sailor Moon references in this graphic novel, instantly sold me!...