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A Summer's Day in Guadeloupe,
This review is from: Zabime Sisters (The Zabime Sisters) (Paperback)
This loosely connected series of graphic vignettes follows the three Zabine sisters and some of their friends around on the first day of summer vacation on the French island of Guadeloupe. First the eldest M'Rose drags her two younger sisters Celina and Elle out of bed and off to the river, scaring Ella with a story about a sinkhole. They run into some boys they know, steal some mangoes from an orchard, and then M'Rose heads off to join a bunch of other kids waiting to see some poor kid get beaten by the local bully. Meanwhile her sisters meet up with some other friends for a picnic at a kind of clubhouse. But the events aren't really that important, it's more the general tone of a lazy summer day that's being captured. The kids all seem to be in that 8-12 age range or thereabouts, and the book and art do a very nice job of capturing the age and the sense of discovery, possibility, and social distress that can accompany it. The artwork is stark black and white inkwork with no gradations or gray washes. When coupled with the artist's very naturalistic style, the result can sometimes be very visually flat, with confusing perspective and depth. A number of times, I was taken out of the book's world by the need to stop and figure out what was happening in the panel. Still, ddefinitely worth checking out if you're someone who likes graphic storytelling that's more focused on mood than story.