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Esther’s Notebooks vol. 2 (Les Cahiers d’Esther t.2)



Original Language: French | 56 pp. | February 2017

2 Seas Represents: World Excl French.

Rights sold: Spain (Sapristi/Roca, 3-book deal), Germany (Reprodukt), Italy (pre-publication rights only: Linus Magazine), Turkey (Epsilon), World English (Pushkin Press, at auction). Under Option: Greece, Korea, Portugal, Serbia.

Over 420,000 copies sold in all volumes


Riad Sattouf continues to vividly describe adolescence like no other. — ELLE

Esther, a mini-phenomenon of society all by herself! — ELLE

Very profound with universal dimensions. — Ouest France

Fresh, funny, edifying at times, whose impartial sociology puts the finger on the good and bad sides of our society and those who will make it evolve. — Spirou

A comic for the irresistible childhood. — DNA

Riad Sattouf,  a magnificent ethnographer of the ordinary life. — Libération

Riad knows precisely how to capture gestures, vocabulary and attitude in order to plunge us into the world of this young Esther. — Clara

The new Petit Nicolas! — Europe 1

View our presentation of Vol. 1 here

Based on true stories told weekly by Esther A.*, Esther’s Notebooks draw us into the daily life of a 10-year-old girl talking about school, friends, family and pop stars.

Each album contains 52 stories, for the 52 weeks of the year. Allary Editions will publish one volume per year, nine volumes in total. Each album covers one year in the life of Esther, covering her 10th through her 18th year.

In this second volume, Esther is 11 years old (Grade 5-US, Year 6-UK). She tells us about the birth of her little brother, the terrorism attacks, the boys she is in love with, religious discussions with her best friend, her midget teacher, her mother who gained weight, her idiot bigger brother and her father, that hero…

Riad Sattouf is the author of the international bestseller, translated in 19 languages, The Arab of the Future (L’arabe du futur, 3 volumes in publication), Esther’s Notebooks (Les Cahiers d’Esther, 2 volumes), Back to Junior High (Retour au college), The Secret Life of Youths (La Vie secrète des jeunes, 3 volumes) and Pascal Brutal, (4 volumes). Riad Sattouf is one of the few graphic novel authors to have won the Fauve d’or at the Angoulême festival twice (for Pascal Brutal 3 in 2010 and The Arab of the Future 1 in 2015). Riad Sattouf is also a filmmaker, directing The French Kissers (Les Beaux Gosses, César for best debut film) and Jacky in Women’s Kingdom (Jacky au royaume des filles).


Spain (Sapristi Roca), Germany (Reprodukt)