In Ukrainian-American novelist Yuriy Tarnawsky’s new trilogy The Placebo Effect (JEF Books), the themes of alienation, abandonment, and fear of death, developed in Like Blood in Water and elaborated in The Future of Giraffes, respectively the first and second book of The Placebo Effect Trilogy, …
Anna and Froga Want a Gumball
by Anouk Ricard
Published by Drawn and Quarterly
42p, full color, hardcover, 8"x10"
"Anouk Ricard’s Anna and Froga features the adventures of a little girl
named Anna and her gang of animal friends. Anna’s best friend is the
titular Froga, and they often hang out with Bubu the dog (an aspiring
artist), Christopher the gourmand earthworm, and Ron (a practical joker
of a cat). With a sly humor, Ricard spins yarns that will delight and
entertain the whole family.
Whether the conflict is driven by eating too many French fries, bossing around Johnny the Tuna, or trying to beat a difficult video game, you know that Anna, Froga, Bubu, Ron and Christopher will come out all right in the end, which makes the layers of confusion they pile on one another all the funnier. Ricard’s characters are sweet without ever veering into preciousness, as they constantly find opportunities for a laugh at one another’s expense.
Anouk Ricard works in a fanciful and childlike style, with vibrant colors and simple storylines. The illustrations in Anna and Froga are inviting and the stories well told, employing short, snappy dialogue. Without sacrificing quality, intelligence, or humor, Angouleme Festival-nominated author Ricard is able to write from childhood effectively and charmingly."