Saturday, January 23, 2010

Review: Aya of Yop City (Abouet and Oubrerie)


Author: Marguerite Abouet and Clement Ouberie
Genre: Graphic Novel, YA
Pages: 106
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my school's library
Challenges: Graphic Novel Challenge (#8)
Summary: (from the back of the book): The original cast of characters is back in full force, with a case of questionable paternity fanning the flames of activity in the community. The new mother, Adjoua has her friends to help with the baby, perhaps employing Aya a bit too frequently, while a new romance leaves Bintou with little time for her friends, let alone their responsibilities. The young women aren't the only residents of Yopougon involved in the excitement, however; Aya's father is caught in the midst of his own trysts and his employer's declining Solibra beer sales, and Adjoua's brother find his share of the city's nightlife.

Review: This is a fun follow-up to Aya. We get to know more about the characters and the culture of the Ivory Coast. At the end of the book there is a section on Ivorian culture, just like the first book had. This volume has a glossary of Ivorian terms, a chicken recipe, how to carry one's baby on your back (including diagrams), and an interview with the author.

As with the first book, Aya, this book ends with a cliff hanger, ensuring that I will purchase the third installment (Aya: The Secrets Come Out) for my school's library.

2 comments:

Beth said...

Hi Helen,
I'm sorry I didn't realize that you had a book blog as well...so I am going to check it out!!

Would you mind removing the link to my blog from your school blog, you know "just in case"! I love that you mentioned my blog but I am trying to be careful that it isn't posted for students. I hope that is okay?

hcmurdoch said...

Beth, absolutely! I'll remove it from the school blog.