Your Preview Verdict: Click by Kayla Miller

Your Preview Verdict: Click by Kayla Miller

Olive wants to get in on the act… Any act! For fans of Raina Telgemeier comes the first book in the New York Times best-selling graphic novel series about friendship and finding where you “click”.

Olive “clicks” with everyone in the fifth grade –until one day she doesn’t. When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she begins to panic, wondering why all her friends have already formed their own groups . . . without her. With the performance drawing closer by the minute, will Olive be able to find her own place in the show before the curtain comes up? A heartfelt and insightful story about navigating friendships, leaning on family, and learning to take the stage in the most important role of all.

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I love reading graphic novels and Click was so fun to read. I can relate to Olive, and how she was feeling when she started being left out by her friends. I think this is something that all kids about my age should read as it helps to understand and work out your feelings and everyone will have felt this at one time whilst being at school. I was really impressed with the colours used in the drawings and I loved the drawing style – it was very cool and had like a vintage vibe. I am looking forward to reading more by Kayla! I give this 5 stars out of 5. Nikki, aged 11, QLD, 5 Stars

Click is the best graphic novel I have read this year. I found the story really interesting and fun and Olive the main character was realistic. I enjoyed reading a graphic novel with a girl as the main character, and my older brothers also liked the book so it is not just for girls. I really hope that there will be another book coming soon! Rosalie, aged 8, WA, 5 Stars

Finding a book that is realistic and useful can be quite difficult, but getting one that’s easy to read for young children is almost impossible. This book manages to do that. A graphic novel showing that it is ok to be yourself and do what makes you happy, and sometimes you don’t find that happiness until you think all of your friends aren’t your friend. A story about a young girl who has lots of friends but is finding it difficult to find her clique. A story about being you and doing something that makes you happy, but being mindful too of your friends and their feelings. Kerrie, NSW, 5 Stars

I found this book to be so fun, engaging and insightful. I read this with our daughter and she really got a lot out of it personally and was wanting to read more and more each night so we had to ration it out to make sure bedtime was still possible! The illustrations and graphic engagement were perfect for a book of this size and age demographic. I would highly recommend this for families with kids in that pre-teenage demographic. Thank you! Tess, aged 8, QLD, 5 Stars

‘Click’ by Kayla Miller is a great read. My favourite character was Olive’s aunt because she was a bit of a rebel. The best things about her was the blue stripes in her hair and the way she always looked out for her niece. I liked Olive because she was one of those people that have lots of friend groups, but none of them are friends with each other. Her brother is kind of like me: crazy, clumsy, forgets things. Graphic novels are a very good thing to just pick up and flip some pages when you’re tired. I can’t wait to read more books by this author. I’m already looking them up in my local library! Thanks for sending me that book, I really hope you send another one. Moo, aged 10, VIC, 5 Stars

This was a great book! It was a real problem and I liked the way Olive solved it. It was a great idea! I liked where the book ended too – it was perfect to end just as the talent show started. The illustrations were good. There was enough detail for me to understand everything but not enough to be distracting. I really liked Aunt Molly. She was a great character. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Grace, aged 9, ACT, 5 Stars

I really enjoyed this. It was a good and realistic story. I know how Olive felt and it worked out in a way I could believe. It was fun and easy to read. Travis, aged 11, ACT, 5 Stars

My kids really enjoyed this, and I liked it too. It is a realistic story about having lots of friends but not necessarily one best friend. I appreciated the way Olive found a way to be part of the talent show while still being an individual who connects with lots of different groups. I think my 11 year old empathised with it more, but my 9-year-old was really enthusiastic too. Grace and Travis’ mum, 5 Stars

I found this book to be very relatable. It’s about Olive who clicks with everyone at school until she doesn’t. It can be hard to maintain friendships in high school so I liked the book. The graphics were bright and bold keeping the reader engaged. Kerissa, aged 12, WA, 5 Stars

Click is a great story about fitting in. Everyone has a place but sometimes it takes a bit longer to find where it is. Gai, NSW, 5 Stars

I wanted this book for a struggling middle school reader. The story is suitable and not too easy, as are any simpler novels. Like-age students will connect with 5th grader, Olive who feels excluded from her friends’ variety show plans. Olive’s mother wants to call the school and intercede but thank goodness Olive has Aunt Molly who gets things on track. A very touching story. Not a story of a child who finds it hard to find friends but a story of a girl who finds her own way. Recommended. Helen, NSW, 5 Stars

Kayla Miller’s ‘Click’ is a story in graphic novel telling a story of friendship. It is wonderfully told and beautifully illustrated. Aimed at upper primary, this graphic novel is thoughtful and clever, a book kids will relate to. Nell, NSW, 5 Stars

It’s very interesting because it is about Olive can’t find a group to be in for the school variety show. She then watches some old shows from when her Mum and Aunt Molly were kids then she decides to be the Host. I read this book in two days and I was quite disappointed that I finished the book, I didn’t want it to finish. I am looking forward to the next book Camp to come out and I like how the author put a sneak peek for it. Zoe, aged 9, 5 Stars

I was very delighted and happy to read click It was easy and simple to read and got the reader engaged in the beautiful colour and pictures which were simple and clear to understand it was very empowering should a range of emotions and how family and friends can work to help each other out in various ways as we all are different but yet the same in the end we all want to belong and be included. Anita, NSW, 5 Stars

I was interested in this book because I have a child in my 4th-grade class with low vision. She loves to read but her eyes tire fast. Click is perfect for readers because she can enjoy the story with less eye strain due to fewer words on the page. The other students will enjoy it as well because the story is about their school experiences of friendship and belonging, of fitting in. Highly recommended for 8+. Liesl, NSW, 5 Stars

It was a fun book about everything that happens at school when you are making friends and trying to be liked. Kerry, WA, 4 Stars

A great book for older primary kids exploring friendships and self-discovery. Although aimed at an older audience than my 7-year-old, she is an avid reader who enjoyed both the story and especially the graphics. Plus it led to lots of discussion for us about where she fits in at school and prompted discussion of feelings. The story is so relatable to people everywhere and the graphics may entice those who are not overly confident readers. Alexis, aged 7, NSW, 4 Stars

Click is a story about friendship and being able to do whatever you want. It’s about following your own path and not listening to what other people tell you to do. I liked it because the pictures in the graphic novel were fun. It’s a good book to read – and I read it really quickly. I’m excited to read CAMP, the next book in the series. Minnie, aged 8, NSW, 4 Stars

Really relatable for me as a female, a lot of bullying in schools, Olive’s journey was real and involved friends and family and learning to go out of your comfort zone, great heartfelt read. Julie, NSW, 4 Stars

Olive, a fifth-grader, is excited for her year level’s talent show. But she didn’t think about what she wanted to perform, distracted by the thought that her friends will ask her to join their acts. When her friends split into their own groups, Olive is left to worry about the night of the show. With the added pressure that her friends may have left her forever. With help of her Aunt Molly, Olive discovers her love for hosting. She decides to take on the role of introducing the acts as she realises her friends have not forgotten about her after all. I find this text fantastic for it is a relatable book to kids Olive’s age. The author did an amazing job of clearly showing Olive’s mood how it changed from start to finish. Overall, it is a marvellous book. I loved it. I recommend this book to kids the age of 8-14. Valerie, aged 11, VIC, 4 Stars

Olive is trying to find herself, and when she doesn’t fit in with any of the groups, she decides to do what is best for her and makes her happy. A great message is delivered in a kind and smart way. Annette, NSW, 4 Stars

I have read Raina Telgemeier, like it says on the cover, and I love her books and this was really good too. The actual storyline makes sense, it “clicks”! The drawings are cute as well. I liked Aunt Molly because she’s really helpful and if she was real she’d be the type of person who is able to calm people down. It was a good story and I can relate to it – it took the friends ages to realise that Olive wanted to join in, which is just how it is in real life. I would read it again and I want to read the next one in the series. Katrina, aged 9, TAS, 4 Stars

Click is the story of Olive who “clicked with everyone” but is then left out of the school talent show and doesn’t have a group to join. This makes her really upset. I liked when she was still deciding what she would be in the show. I didn’t like when she was having her dream about who she would click with because her other friends were choosing for her and kept asking to be with them and everyone chose who they should be with. I liked Molly the Aunty because when Olive needed her she was always there to help and inspire her with movies. I think personally that Olive is a wonderful girl to be inspired by because everyone sometimes has problems with friends and fitting in. I think the age suggestion should be eight to ten-year-old girls. Maree, aged 9, QLD, 4 Stars

A grade 5 girl can’t find an act in a variety show. She feels like all her friends are more talented than she is. She gets inspired by watching some shows and discovers something she’s good at. I liked that this book was relatable because the character is the same age as me. Hayden, aged 10, VIC, 3 Stars

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Publisher details

Click
Author
Kayla Miller
Publisher
Walker Books
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
06 October, 2021
ISBN
9781760654870

Synopsis

Recommended for ages 8+.

Olive wants to get in on the act . . . Any act! For fans of Raina Telgemeier comes the first book in the New York Times best-selling graphic novel series about friendship and finding where you "click".

Olive “clicks” with everyone in the fifth grade –until one day she doesn’t. When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she begins to panic, wondering why all her friends have already formed their own groups . . . without her. With the performance drawing closer by the minute, will Olive be able to find her own place in the show before the curtain comes up? A heartfelt and insightful story about navigating friendships, leaning on family, and learning to take the stage in the most important role of all.
Kayla Miller
About the author

Kayla Miller

Kayla Miller is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator living and working in New York. They have a BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. When not busy working on graphic novels, Kayla enjoys watching bad movies, trying to cook new recipes, playing games (both board and video), and reading other people’s graphic novels.

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