Every week, the comic book artist Riad Sattouf has a chat with his friend's daughter, Esther. She tells him about her life, about school, her friends, her hopes, dreams and fears, and then he works it up into a comic strip. This book consists of 52 of those strips, telling between them the story of a year in the life of this sharp, spirited and funny child. The result is a moving, insightful and utterly addictive glimpse into the real lives of children growing up in today's world.
Riad Sattouf is one of the great creators of our time ― Alain de Botton
The portrait of an era, drawn with a smile ― L'Express
Riad Sattouf sketches everyday life brilliantly, bringing out society's great problems through Esther's minor troubles ― Culturevnews
Esther is a mini social phenomenon... It's a joy to fall back into our childhoods with her ― Elle
Riad Sattouf is a true genius when it comes to showing the world through a child's eyes. His style is full of life, overflowing with humour and tenderness - you're guaranteed to fall under the spirited Esther's charm. Everything you wanted to know about your kids but were afraid to ask... -- Leïla Slimani
Chronicles the everyday life of a Parisian child, with all its ups and downs, its flights of fancy and its confrontations with crushing reality... Enchanting [and] eye-opening -- James Lovegrove ― Financial Times
These funny, well-observed stories... contain immense daring and depth... Sattouf has drawn a portrait of a generation ― Observer, Graphic Novel of the Month
About the Author
Riad Sattouf is a bestselling cartoonist and filmmaker who grew up in Syria and Libya and now lives in Paris. His autobiographical series The Arab of the Future has sold more than a million copies in France alone, won multiple prizes and been translated into sixteen languages. The Esther's Notebooks series has also sold nearly 700,000 copies in France, been adapted for a popular animated TV series, and is being translated into 8 languages. Riad was recently selected to become a member of The Order of Arts and Letters, one of France's highest honours.