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Cici's Journal

Cici's Journal

The Abandoned Zoo

Cici's Journal

written by Joris Chamblain; illustrated by Aurélie Neyret

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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


written by Joris Chamblain; illustrated by Aurélie Neyret

Joris Chamblain was born on January 29, 1984. He stumbled into graphic novels when he was very little and decided at an early age that comics would be his career. Nowadays he devotes all his time to writing comics and books for kids, and even trying his hand at a novel. He and his many artistic collaborators have quite a few projects in the works.

Aurélie Neyret is an illustrator from Lyon, France. When she was little, she loved to hide away and read all night long, and—more than anything else—to draw! Today, her approach to life hasn’t changed much, and she works hard to bring her projects to fruition.

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Joris Chamblain

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Aurélie Neyret

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