“Boutavant’s anthropomorphic animals resemble a cross between the work of Richard Scarry and Hergé, and both he and Guibert clearly convey the characters’ very human emotions, preoccupations, and eccentricities.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“Varies from absurdly silly to touching and relevant.” — BAYVIEWS
“American kids will gobble it up right quick and then hunger for more.” — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
“The tone’s light and the art’s outstanding, reminiscent of Richard Scarry, but with a rougher edge. If Ariol were a Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon series, it’d be one of the best on cable; as a book series, Ariol’s mix of silly and slice-of-life is more than good enough.” — THE ONION A.V. CLUB
“Packed with wit and never afraid to tug your heart-strings, and then follow up with a comment about boogers. The thing that really accelerates this title above others like it out there is Marc Boutavant’s art. You could just stare at his art and be happy.” — COMIC ATTACK
“Writer Emmanuel Guibert and artist Marc Boutavant launched their Ariol series as a children’s magazine feature in 2000; various books followed, and an animated television program debuted in 2009. It looks like a good-natured funny animal everyday-kinda series.” — THE COMICS JOURNAL
“Guibert glorifies that time of fifth graders running about after school on par with the better memories one might possess, in a timeless manner that is legitimately fun to read.” — THE LOTTERY PARTY
“Whether Ariol is joining his father for a trip to the ATM, arguing with a friend about sneakers, accompanying his grandmother to the movies, pursuing his great crush, or emulating his favorite superhero, the author dares to depict the exclusionary, argumentative, self-centered ways children can sometimes behave, without giving up an iota of their charm.” — BOOKLIST
“Ariol is going to be a hit, no doubt about it. The funny is in the true vignettes, humorous if you’ve lived through it. . . . I dare you to put it down once you start, and you’ll agree, Ariol is the new kid in town for reluctant readers.” — KID LIT REVIEWS
INTERVIEW: Emmanuel Guibert and Marc Boutavant over at Free Comic Book Day!
“Definitely on the Wimpy Kid bandwagon, but less vicious with the satire and therefore all the more welcome.” — KIRKUS
A Children’s Book Council “No Ordinary Book” Seasonal Showcase selection!