From the author of The Arab of the Future, comes the first book in a series of graphic novels that follow the hilarious, heartbreaking, and all painfully true life of a real girl growing up in Paris.
Every week, the comic book artist Riad Sattouf has a chat with his friend’s 10-year-old daughter, Esther. She tells him about her life, her family, her school, her friends, her hopes, her dreams and her fears. And then he creates a one-page comic strip based on what she says.
This book is a collection of 156 of those strips, comprising the first three volumes as they appeared in Europe, spanning Esther’s life from age 10 to 12.
As The Guardian noted: “Each page of Esther’s Notebooks is self-contained—there’s usually a neat punchline—but read them all, and you come to see that Sattouf has drawn a portrait of a generation: their hopes, dreams and cultural references; the way that their personalities, backgrounds—many of the children portrayed have parents who are immigrants—and preconceived ideas about sexuality begin to play out even before they’ve begun secondary school. The result is a bit like a cartoon version of Michael Apted’s landmark TV series, Up. These funny, well-observed comics are fantastically daring.”
“Funny, well-observed . . . contains immense daring and depth. . . . Sattouf has drawn a portrait of a generation.” —Observer, “Graphic Novel of the Month”
"Genius. . . . Everything you wanted to know about your kids but were afraid to ask.” —Leïla Slimani, author of The Perfect Nanny
“Riad Sattouf is one the great creators of our time.” —Alain De Botton, author of The Course of Love