Ariol, by Emmanuel Guibert and Marc Boutavant. Guibert, a master comic, is renown for his brilliant works like the Sardine series and the adult non-fiction The Photographer about the war in Afghanistan. For Ariol, he's teamed up with Marc Boutavant to produce a light, good- natured, clever, super cute/funny series about a kid donkey (boy).
What is it about this one that's different from others?
I don't know, it's just so ... so... simple. Very French Cinema version of kid lit. Just basic daily experiences of kids at school... of friendships, home life, innocence of childhood, parents, teachers, after-school stuff, vacations, doctor appointments... stuff that every kid relates to.
So I had a conversation with Lucy to try to decipher why she liked this book as much as I did:
Me: Lucy, do you like Ariol?
Lucy: I love it!
Me: What do you like about it?
Lucy: I like Ariol.
Me: What about the story, what do you think is special about it?
Lucy: It's funny.
Lucy: I don't know, it just is.
Me: How does it compare to say, "Giants Beware"?
Lucy: Mom, please, I'm not a book critic!
Ok. I'll let it go. Just take my word for it. Super cute.
ps- the animals totally act human, though some carry some traits known to their species. Totally race neutral, and good for either boys or girls.