Thursday, January 15, 2009

Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie

As a friend who reads comics pointed out the other day, with a graphic novel, it can go wrong in two ways, the text and the illustrations. For me it's often very difficult to get past the illustrations if they don't interest me but that is NOT the case with these books. I love the pictures and it's just a neat slice of life story about the Ivory Coast in the 1970s. This book focuses on the paternity of Aya's friend's new baby but other secrets are revealed with the ending a bit of a cliff-hanger, believe it or not!

This is a book that may not reach a lot of readers but those who find it will certainly enjoy it.