I have a delicate process for when picking new books for my reading list. The first thing I look for is the cover (I know the saying, but still.) Covers are what is meant to draw attention to the book and give a small glance at what might be expected. The artwork on the cover of Sweaterweather: & Other Short Stories by Sara Varon melted my heart in seconds. I mean hello; it’s cute little animals knitting a scarf.
Sara Varon is a talent that I have stumbled across, and thank goodness I did. Sweaterweather is a reissue of the 2003 version but with additional stories, essays, and journal entries. I love reading the little messages before the comments. It’s nice to have that added personal touch between the reader and the author.
Even though I was hooked by the cover, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I am not a big comic person, especially ones that have very little dialog. Scanning through the pages, I couldn’t help but fall further in love with the artwork. It is brilliant in its simplicity, giving off a relaxing vibe. With action filled comics, bright colors and bold lines flashing up everywhere, it’s nice to be reminded of the other side of comics that celebrate every day life.
This collection of comics is perfect for bedtime reading for children. As soon as I was done I added the book to the collection of stories I bring while I nanny. And for you that don’t have children in your lives, this is a great palate cleanser between books. Doesn’t matter if the book was just intense and need to settle down or you just finished a meaty book. Sweaterweather: & Other Short Stories is perfect for refreshing your mind and setting a smile on your face while you skim the pages.