The Adventures of a Writer-in-Training
written by Joris Chamblain; illustrated by Aurélie Neyret
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ISBN: 9781250197788160 Pages, Ages 8-12
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.
Praise for Cici's Journal
"French illustrator Neyret’s delicate, finely worked portraits bring elegance to this pair of graphic stories."—Publisher's Weekly
"The lessons are breezy, but the art is sumptuous: Neyret’s naturalistic illustrations have marvelous depth, with dense color, dynamic movement, and a fantastic use of light and shadow."—Booklist