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Esther’s Notebooks (Les Cahiers d’Esther)



Original Language: French | 56 pp. | 21 January 2016

2 Seas Represents: World Excl French.

Sold: Italy (pre-publication rights only: Linus Magazine), Italy (Oblomov/La Nave di Teseo, at auction)Greece (Potamos), Germany (Reprodukt), Korea (Kugil Publishing), Spain (Sapristi/Roca, 3-book deal), Portugal (Gradiva), Serbia (LOM Books), Turkey (Epsilon), World English (Pushkin Press).

Animated series adaptation by Canal+ to be broadcast in Fall 2018

Over 420,000 copies sold in all volumes

Winner of the Max und Moritz 2018 Prize

English sample available


After his comic strip La Vie secrète des jeunes (The Secret Life of Youth, which ran in the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo for 10 years), a new chronicle of our times by Riad Sattouf that is being pre-published in serial format in the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur is now available with Allary Editions in album format!

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.

Something between Le Petit Nicolas by Sempé and Goscinny and Agrippine by Claire Bretécher, an amazing work, tender, earthy and powerful. – Télérama

Young people talking without hesitation, making us laugh and worry: that’s why we need to read and reread “Esther’s Notebooks”. This is the future of France. – L’Obs

A beautiful portrait of the current youth. – Comixtrip

“Esther” confirms the taste and the talent of the author to observe and narrate the mysteries, joy and miseries of childhood. – Culturebox, FranceTVinfo

Behind the appealing image of a nice and  unglazed little girl, hides the awfully cruel portrait of our times by a brilliant observer. – Les Inrocks

A masterful performance of amusing sociology. – Le Temps

A funny and refreshing comic! – Oasis Urbaine

Based on true stories told 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.

Who are Tal, Kendji Girac and the Hotheads? What are the criteria of beauty that make young boys and girls popular? What can you do when your friends have more money than you do? What does the ‘brutal-bridge’ game consist of? How did Esther’s class feel about the attacks in Paris in January 2015? What can you do if you’re worried about having big breasts?

These 52 pages are like so many short plays, with a different theme for each one. Esther tells us about her daily life and times. What she doesn’t tell her parents, she pours into this diary, which ranges from funny to moving, and tender to cruel: a striking portrait of today’s youth and a mirror of our society.

*Real people’s names have been changed!

Esther is based on a real person, as Sattouf explains in Les Echos:
One night, a couple of friends came over for dinner with their 10-year-old daughter. […] She began to tell me stories about her friends, games in the schoolyard, the laws of attraction between the pupils, her favorite groups, what she likes, what she hates, her vision of our society… In front of me was an utterly normal young French girl, and what she told me opened up an incredibly rich territory! I immediately wanted to write a comic about her.

Riad Sattouf’s international bestselling series The Arab of the Future (combined sales of volumes 1-4: over 1.5 million copies) was sold to 21 territories so far and received raving reviews by French and foreign press. It won the Fauve d’Or Prize for Best Album of the Year at the Angoulême International Comics Festival and the RTL Prize for Best Comic Strip Book of the Year.


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Germany (Reprodukt), Spain (Sapristi), Korea (Kugil Publishing), Greece ( Potamos).