Review Graphic Novel – Cici’s Journal


Cici dreams of being a novelist. Her favorite subject: people, especially adults. She’s been watching them and taking notes. Everybody has one special secret, Cici figures, and if you want to write about people, you need to understand what’s hiding inside them. But now she’s discovered something truly strange: an old man who disappears into the forest every Sunday with huge pots of paint in all sorts of colors. What is he up to? Why does he look so sad when he comes back?

In a graphic novel interwoven with journal notes, scrapbook pieces, and doodles, Cici assembles clues about the odd and wonderful people she’s uncovered, even as she struggles to understand the mundane: her family and friends.


This one got my attention with he premise, a girl that love to play detective and wants to be a writer, so nice actually.

The first story was so amazing, really made me think what this mr. mysterious was and what he was doing, even thought for a moment he was a bad guy at any point since it was so shush and all.
Loved the idea of a very different museum was pretty awesome and cool, at the end it was heartwarming and nice.

The second story was heartbreaking in a good way actually, really liked the ideas of encrypted messages it’s a good way to go and the mention of the II world war awesome, there’s so much interesting things in that period.

The illustrations were fantastic, really well done and cozy it was an experience, perfect for middle graders or just lovers of art and good stories.

About the Author

Joris Chamblain is a French author ,. He fell into comics at a very young age, went through the fanzine, then in 2010, he published two short stories in the lanfeust mag, as well as his first comic book album “La recherche emploi” (since disappeared).
IN 2012, the series “Les carnets de Cerise” was born, published by Soleil, which very quickly met with critical and commercial success. At the beginning of 2013, the series “Witches witches” began, which restarted at Kennes éditions a year later, in comics and novels.

At the beginning of 2014, Les carnets de Cerise won the fauve jeunesse at the Angoulême bd festival, confirming the success of the series. At the end of 2014, Joris Chamblain released “Furie”, his first novel published by Auzou editions. Following that, 2 new series are born: “Nanny Mandy”, published by Kennes, then “Enola and the extraordinary animals”, published by La Gouttière.
In 2015, after only 10 albums published, he was contacted by the Lombard editions to take over the screenplay of Yakari, succeeding Job, but always with Derib in the drawing. The first volume of this cover was released in October 2016.

For the future, two more series await him: “Lili Crochette and Monsieur Mouche”, published by la Gouttière, “Alyson Ford”, published by Vents d’Ouest, as well as two one-shots “Léa Olivier, special edition “with Kennes editions and especially” Journal d’un enfant de Lune “, with this same publisher.

With 7 children’s series to his credit, plus various novels and one-shots, he is one of the most prominent children’s authors of the moment.

About the Illustrator

Aurélie Neyret is an illustrator from Lyon. When she was little, she dreamed of living on a boat, collected lots of useless and strange things, she liked to read in secret all night long, to build cabins, and above all, to draw pictures! Today, her outlook on life hasn’t changed much, and she’s working hard to make her plans come true. It was after a brief stint through the Émile Cohl school that she decided to isolate herself in her secret hiding place (still unknown to this day) to develop her style as an autodidact. Since then, she has worked for the Press and international publishing. Aurélie illustrates various children’s magazines (J’aime Lire, Histoire Junior), and invites us on a journey with Les Vacances de Monsieur Rhino, a youth album written by Raphaël Baud for Chocolat editions. After several comic book appearances in collectives, she signed her first album with Joris Chamblain: Les Carnets de Cerise, published by the Métamorphose label of the Soleil publishing house.


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