Cleveland loves Peanut, reviewer Michael Sangiacomo wrote a very kind and thoughtful article about our book, you can read the full review on The Plain Dealer's website.
Here is the second half of the text, which has some very nice things to say about the art as well:
"[…] Halliday, the self-described "chief primatologist" of the popular
New York zine "The East Village Inky" writes a simple yet compelling
story that offers lessons without being preachy. She found a perfect
partner to illustrate the work in Paul Hoppe, who previously wrote and
drew a children's book of childhood fears, "The Woods."
Hoppe's style is gentle and engaging. His depictions of the
characters are perfect, and, in an unusual touch, he gives Sadie alone a
splash of color in the otherwise black-and-white drawings. It sounds so
simple, but that slight dash of red on her clothing sets her apart from
the other characters in much the same way her fake allergy does.
Most impressive is the lack of stereotypes or overwritten
characters. Everyone's actions are normal, plausible, believable. It's a
slice of high school life in which a 14- or 15-year-old girl tries
desperately to find an identity.
Along the way, Sadie learns about the difficulties of allergies and how constantly vigilant truly allergic people must
be. She learns of a girl who was sickened because she kissed a boy who
had eaten peanuts. She also learns how tough it is to lie to her mother
and the school nurse.
Sadie selects her condition with little thought, reeling from the
divorce of her parents and the abandonment by her best friend from the
In some ways, "Peanut" is a universal story about people who are just trying to fit in. Isn't that everyone?"
– Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 31st 2013