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Esther’s Notebooks vol. 3 (Les Cahiers d’Esther t.3)



Original Language: French | 56 pp. | November 2017

2 Seas Represents: World Excl French.

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

Over 350,000 copies sold in all volumes.


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

The new Petit Nicolas! — Europe 1

Esther’s Notebooks perfectly marries the language and vision of pre-teens today.— L’Obs

What is once again a strength , as often is the case in Riad Sattouf’s comics, is that through the eyes of Esther, we can dissect our society.– Europe 1, La Matinale/Melting Pop

Esther is simply terrified of losing her social status. It’s a change from my ‘loser’ characters! — Marianne

Treat yourself with this third volume, in which we find all the ingredients that make this series such a joy.— Culture Box / France Info

As wonderful as the first two, Esther doesn’t have a filter, which makes her an excellent punchliner.— France Inter

I think it’s the most interesting and the most probing story set in the world of today’s kids. What seem at first to be quaint anecdotes turn out to be extremely fascinating insights on our epoch and this generation.  — Europe 1, Le Social Club

The childlike naivety that made up the humorous  parts of Esther’s Notebooks gradually fades away, and it is now her beautiful, touching innocence that charms us. Little Esther’s  evolution towards sensitivity and intelligence raises Sattouf’s work. — Benzine

It is a real pleasure to be back in the familiar world of Esther and her family, and more generally, in the artistic universe of Riad Sattouf! Sincere and innocent, disarming by the honesty of the reported facts and committed engagements, Esther is like a camera that climbs into the places and environments that she frequents. A great artist! —Serendipite

A sensitive work which,  above all, invites us to reflect on what we have become, what we have gained and what we have lost since we were twelve years old. — BDThèque

View our presentation of Vol. 1 here

View our presentation of Vol. 2 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.

Esther is a 12-year-old student at a prestigious college in the center of Paris. Esther is now a pre-teen! The presidential elections, her first cell phone, her hamster Manuela, the arrival of acne, her conspiring brother, her left-wing partisan father, her far-right voting grandmother, President Macron, the Illuminati, and her love for sausage-apricot cake… Esther talks about everything!

*To protect the privacy of certain individuals, the names and identifying details have been changed.