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Akissi by Marguerite Abouet | SLJ Review

redstarABOUET, Marguerite. Akissi: Tales of Mischief. tr. from French by Judith Taboy & Marie Bédrune. illus. by Mathiew Sapin. 188p. Flying Eye/Nobrow. Might 2018. pap. $14.95. ISBN 9781911171478.

Gr 2-5 –This complete quantity consists of the seven quick tales featured in Abouet & Sapin’s Akissi: Cat Invasion, together with 14 others. The tales, translated from French, observe Akissi’s day-to-day life in her Ivory Coast city. In “Good Moms,” Akissi and mates steal their neighbor’s child to play “mums.” In “Sunday Feast,” Akissi consumes all of the meals for Communion at church (together with the wine) earlier than the service begins. In “Midnight Pee,” Akissi’s brother, Fofana, refuses to get up to accompany her to the skin rest room, so she urinates on his blanket. The quick story format sacrifices some character growth, however the dynamic amongst Akissi, her brother, and their dad and mom is traditional nuclear household drama and hilarity. Sensible moments are usually not softened, equivalent to when Akissi eats rotten fruit off the bottom and contracts tapeworms that crawl out of her nostril. However with its gross-out humor and plucky heroine, the gathering reads like Dennis the Menace meets Pearls Earlier than Swine, set in West Africa—and will enchantment to followers of each. Sapin’s artwork is earth-toned, with a scratchy but exact line high quality. The panel construction is constant, with not more than six equally sized panels per web page. Dialogue font is mostly small. Bonus content material consists of three recipes and directions on the way to make African braids. VERDICT This quantity fills a niche in kids’s comics that includes African characters and settings. Extremely advisable for center grade graphic novel collections.–Alec Chunn, Eugene Public Library, OR

This assessment was revealed within the College Library Journal Might 2018 subject.

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