Text by Marguerite Abouet
Art by Mathieu Sapin
Gallimard Jeunesse, France, 2019
What the jury said:
“Much like Aya, her irresistible series for older readers, Abouet returns to her own childhood in Ivory Coast, Africa, through delightful stories about a cheeky little girl. When Akissi isn’t being a pest to her older brother, she’s got to worry about the thieving neighborhood cats stealing her fish or saving her little monkey from ending up in the frying pan. Abouet is able to write scenarios in an African setting and colloquial voice that are relatable, filled with warm, humane characters that are always funny, no less because she’s paired with an artist who manages to visually convey her voice and scenarios perfectly."