- Publisher: Papercutz
- Format: Paperback | 124 pages
- Dimensions: 157mm x 201mm x 18mm | 272g
- Publication date: 11 March 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1597073997
- ISBN 13: 9781597073998
- Illustrations note: full colour illustrations throughout
- Sales rank: 327,430
Brand new series from multiple award-winning author Emmanuel Guibert and renowned illustrator Marc Boutavant!Ariol is your everyday tween donkey. He lives in the suburbs with his mom and dad. His best friend is a pig. He's in love with a beautiful cow in his class. His teacher is a dog. His gym teacher is a huge rooster. In short, Ariol is just like you and me.
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Emmanuel Guibert has written a great many graphic novels for young readers young and old, among them the "Sardine in Outer Space" series and "The Professor's Daughter" with Joann Sfar. Another of Guibert's recent works is "The Photographer." Showered with awards, it relates a Doctors Without Borders mission in 1980's Afghanistan through the eyes of a great reporter. Guibert lives in Paris with his wife and daughter. Originating from Burgundy (as do the best snails), Marc Boutavant now lives and works in Paris. His work springs from a wry observation of life and the interaction of his friends and children. Their quirks of personality, mannerisms and reactions to situations are transposed into his characters.
By Nicola Mansfield 20 May 2014
I've been wanting to read this cute looking kids comic series for a while and now that vol. 4 has just been published thought I'd start in. The series ended up being as cute as I had expected but more funny and adult-humour suited than expected. It is the type of humour that kids appreciate on one level while adults on a whole other. A collection of several unrelated (plot-wise) short stories which contain the same characters. The kids (all various animals) are not given an age but are somewhere between teen and young teen, (gr. 7-9) and the stories involve their school lives, friendships, home-life, crushes and trouble they get into. Basically a slice-of life for kids at this age. Main characters are Ariol the donkey and his BFF Ramono the pig. However, there is a huge supporting cast and I've already taken a special liking to several already including Mr. Ribera the chicken gym teacher whose habit of saying "in fact" is an ongoing joke. The art is delightful in that French style that I adore and the cover perfectly displays what you can expect. The book was funny and cute but I'm sticking with a rating of Good (3*) as it wasn't hilarious, but I'm hoping the stories will only get better as we go along. On to Volume 2!
"Definitely on the "Wimpy Kid" bandwagon, but less vicious with the satire and therefore all the more welcome." -- KIRKUS"Whether Ariol is joining his father for a trip to the ATM, arguing with a friend about sneakers, accompanying his grandmother to the movies, pursuing his great crush, or emulating his favorite superhero, the author dares to depict the exclusionary, argumentative, self-centered ways children can sometimes behave, without giving up an iota of their charm." -- BOOKLIST"I dare you to put it down once you start, and you'll agree, "Ariol" is the new kid in town for reluctant readers." -- KID LIT REVIEWS