Just a Donkey Like You and Me (Ariol Graphic Novels Series #1)

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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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Overview

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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"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

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Originally published in France, this energetic graphic novel follows the life of a tween donkey named Ariol and highlights his adventures (and misadventures) with his friends, classmates, and family members. The everyday situations that he experiences-interactions with his parents, difficult teachers, arguments with classmates-will resonate with kids, as will the realistic (yet extremely funny) dialogue. Guibert also tackles more overarching themes such as self-esteem, first crushes, and the importance of friendship with subtlety and humor. Boutavant's brightly colored illustrations portray the diverse cast of animal characters in delightful and accessible ways. Great for reluctant readers and graphic-novel fans in general, this title will be a popular addition.—Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Scenes from the life of a middle-grade Everydonkey. Aside from a few tears after being suddenly struck by the expressions "dumbass" and "dumb as a donkey" (his mother gently joshes him out of his funk), Ariol travels a relatively gentle emotional landscape in this series opener. Giggle-inducing episodes usually involve Ariol's friend Ramono the pig, who sets off a nose-to-nose, no-hands game of "pass the tissue" at school and later brings fake vomit on a class outing ("My dad had bought it to play a joke on my mom, before their divorce"). Other experiences range from providing commentary for a triumphant tennis match against illusory opponent Stevie McFailure to cutting up in gym and, in the finale, suffering a nightmare in which he has to choose between class crush Petula the cow or becoming an interstellar knight with beloved equine superhero Thunder Horse. Boutavant arranges the all-animal cast in large sequential panels that never look crowded even when the dialogue balloons multiply. Definitely on the Wimpy Kid bandwagon, but less vicious with the satire and therefore all the more welcome. (Graphic novel. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597073998
  • Publisher: Papercutz
  • Publication date: 2/19/2013
  • Series: Ariol Graphic Novels Series , #1
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 779,745
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Posted July 23, 2014

    I love anthropomorphic animals so it wasn¿t too hard to become s

    I love anthropomorphic animals so it wasn’t too hard to become smitten with Ariol and his friends and family.  Ariol IS a
    donkey just like you and me!  He is, it’s true!  It’s so easy to relate to Ariol — his actions and thoughts are so believable
    and so are the situations that Ariol finds himself in.

    It’s hard to pick one favorite story from the bunch but I loved “Moo-Moo.”  Ariol acts and thinks and worries exactly like
    how we would expect anyone who has a crush on someone to do.  It’s so spot on.  And quite a few of the other comic
    “shorts” in this collection were also very true to life.

    Overall, a charming book with the just right mix of silliness and seriousness.
    Ariol is one of the many English language editions of popular French comics that Papercutz has published.

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    Disclosure:  I received a complimentary review copy from Papercutz in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions are my own.

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