Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5
Genre: Realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? Cici, who wants to be an author, tells her journal all about the people she observes. She likes to figure out people’s lives and solve the mystery of what is behind what she sees. So, this graphic novel’s framework is a narrative journal, which is fleshed out by graphic illustration. Two stories, taking place in her little village, involve the investigation of mysterious grownups, while trying to get her friends to join her and her mother to give her the freedom to explore. Cici is propelled by curiosity, and it doesn’t always mesh with her friends’ expectations. It’s great that her friends include a brown-skinned girl. I like that the real problem of this particular age (10-12 yrs) is what and how much to tell your parents, while feeling the power of adolescent confidence. Stellar graphic art with the most appealing luminous colors add warmth and intimacy. I hope to see more of this author and illustrator. I also liked the French village setting.
To whom would you recommend this book? Kids who enjoy realistic graphic fiction such as The Babysitters Club and Amelia Rules! should check out this title.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and middle school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Children’s graphic novels
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Maybe
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: November 21, 2017