Graphic Novel Review: Sheets by Brenna Thummler


Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for.

Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.

When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt’s Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain.


I’ve been wanting to read this for so long now that I’ve hyped it up in my mind and it really wasn’t what I was expecting. 

I really liked the art style, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the character design. The ghosts were really cute but I don’t like art styles that make teens look like they are in their forties. I’m not holding a grudge against this though as the settings were gorgeous. I especially liked the filler/chapter break-up pages, they were stunning. 

The colour palette is another part of Sheets that I really loved. It had an autumnal feel with all of the pastels and I liked the blue and pink combination. 

The plot was definitely interesting but I found it difficult to follow at times. I feel like the existence of the ghosts and definitely the first time you meet them isn’t really explained. Suddenly Wendell is in the laundromat and I don’t remember it explaining why he was in the world of the living. It was a cute concept though and no spoilers, but I really liked the ending. 

Overall Sheets was a pretty cute graphic novel, but I did find the story a bit confusing at times. It all made sense in the end, so I can’t judge it too harshly and I did really like the artwork.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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