Thunder Horse (Ariol Graphic Novels Series #2)


Ariol knows he’s just like his hero in every way: brave, er . . . handsome, and . . . um . . .tall? Well, maybe Ariol has a ways to go, but that’s not going to stop him from doing everything he can to grow up and become just like the guardian of the stars! With charming artwork and hilarious vignettes, Ariol is the right series for anyone who ever started off life as a kid!

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Ariol knows he’s just like his hero in every way: brave, er . . . handsome, and . . . um . . .tall? Well, maybe Ariol has a ways to go, but that’s not going to stop him from doing everything he can to grow up and become just like the guardian of the stars! With charming artwork and hilarious vignettes, Ariol is the right series for anyone who ever started off life as a kid!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The everyday adventures of Ariol the donkey continue in this companion to Just a Donkey Like You and Me. Readers needn’t be familiar with that book to enjoy this one—between the character list on the front flap and the episodic nature of the 12 stories, they’ll have no trouble diving into the world of this blue, bespectacled, school-age donkey. Boutavant’s (For Just One Day) anthropomorphic animals resemble a cross between the work of Richard Scarry and Hergé, and both he and Guibert (The Photographer) clearly convey the characters’ very human emotions, preoccupations, and eccentricities. For his part, Ariol is single-minded, a tad selfish, and often hilariously oblivious (in the final story, he reads intently at the bookstore, entirely unaware that the owner, Mr. Begossian, has fallen off a ladder and needs help). Nearly every story ends with a zinger (after Ariol and his buddy Ramono make fun of their new teachers over several pages, readers discover in the final panel that the grim-looking instructors have overheard the entire exchange), but the misunderstandings, slapstick gags, and repartee maintain the fun throughout. Ages 7–10. (June)¦
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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

Kirkus Reviews
More mild mischief from a bookish donkey and his porcine best bud. The book begins with a tongue-in-cheek quest to complete his collection of beloved superhero Thunder Horse stickers with the elusive #128 ("I bought four packs yesterday. That's too much. I have to get down to one pack a day") and ends with Ariol in such rapturous absorption in the new Thunder Horse novel that he misses favorite bookstore owner Mr. Begossian being taken away in an ambulance. Other high and low spots in Ariol's life range from an embarrassing but informative show and tell of his sonograms at school to a satisfying bit of flirting with classmate Petula. These and other experiences, such as fretting over a scheduled booster shot and taking a long train ride with his hyperactive friend Ramono, provide opportunities aplenty for irritating grown-ups, exchanging banter and suffering comical mishaps. Small of stature but depicted with wide eyes magnified by outsized glasses, Ariol is easy to spot among the diverse, all-animal cast populating Boutavant's spacious, cleanly drawn cartoon panels. A sitcom series between paper covers, offering familiar situations, occasional chuckles and a (not entirely) clueless young protagonist. (Graphic novel. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597074124
  • Publisher: Papercutz
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Series: Ariol Graphic Novels Series , #2
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 954,405
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Emmanuel Guibert has written a great many graphic novels for 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 onto his characters.

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