Review by Booklist Review
Though he produced such thoughtful adult fare as Alan's War (2008) and The Photographer (2009), French author Guibert is also known for the exceedingly child-centric series Sardine in Outer Space. Ariol and his ensemble are a more Earth-bound cast of anthropomorphized animal children, but the author continues to display a deep understanding of what makes kids tick. He goes in a far less fantastical direction in these 10 10-page stories, originally from France, which offer subtly humorous slice-of-life vignettes. 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. There is even a piece that touches on racism, letting animal species bear the brunt of the offenses, which could prove a great boon to many classroom discussions. Collaborator Boutavant captures the manic internal life of Ariol and friends with fun, deceptively childlike art.--Karp, Jesse Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Review by School Library Journal Review
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 (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Horn Book Review
In this French import, Ariol and his friends are regular school kids who happen to be various animals. The episodic stories in this loosely drawn graphic novel generally depict Ariol in a benignly funny social interaction. Readers used to stories that pack more of a punch may feel let down by these barely rising and falling arcs. (c) Copyright 2013. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
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)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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