Cici's Journal by Joris Chamblain

Cici's Journal

Cici dreams of being a novelist. Her favorite subject: people, especially adults. She’s been watching them and taking notes. Everybody has one special secret, Cici figures, and if you want to write about people, you need to understand what’s hiding inside them. But now she’s discovered something truly strange: an old man who disappears into the forest every Sunday with huge pots of paint in all sorts of colors. What is he up to? Why does he...

Details Cici's Journal

TitleCici's Journal
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherFirst Second
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Mystery, Childrens, Middle Grade, Comics

Reviews Cici's Journal

  • Fran
    Cici loves to read novels, comics, and science magazines. She would like to be a writer. Mrs. Forbes, Cici's former teacher, is now a local author. Mrs. Forbes begins to mentor Cici with meet-ups and suggested writing exercises to fuel Cici's burgeoning interest.Mrs. Forbes recommends that Cici start with a personal diary or journal. She is encouraged to observe people, imagine their lives, guess their innermost feelings, then create an adventure...
  • Schizanthus
    I feel like cheating with this review and just telling you to check out the review Lola wrote, which you can find here: Thank you Lola for already articulating so well what I wanted to say. 😊So, onto my ramble.I quite liked the stories of Mr Mysterious in Part One and Ms Mysterious in Part Two. The initially unseen depth of their sweet but sad stories were unexpected, although to be completely honest I...
  • Lola
    3.5 stars.A lovely book for young readers. The illustrations are incredible. Actually, it’s the colouring that makes them so exceptional. If they had been in black and white, they would still have been charming, but not this admirable, so the colours the colourist used made all the difference here.Cici wants to become a writer, because she loves stories. She especially loves to find stories in people she doesn’t know—people she describes as...
  • Hilary
    I expected to like this more than I did. I liked the idea of an adventurous girl, investigating mysteries and keeping a journal in the hope of becoming a writer. There are two stories in this book, I felt the second story worked better. The graphic novel story parts of the book about Cici didn't seem to fit well with the pages that were her journal. I didn't really like the relationship Cici had with her friends, it didn't seem a positive relatio...
  • Melki
    Cici is a young, would-be writer who loves to solve mysteries . . . very mild mysteries like where does that man go everyday with all those paint cans, and why does the old lady keep checking the same book out of the library. I'm guessing some readers will find this rather dull, but I was hooked.This was translated from a French series, and the artwork has a charming, very European feel to it.Most enjoyable.
  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    Mystery, friendship, conflict resolution, much going on (in a good way) with this graphic novel.
  • Harker
    Cici dreams of being a famous writer someday, a novelist maybe! To start out, though, she's practicing by journaling like a reporter and finding mysteries in her small town.The construction of the book was a fun amalgamation of comic book panels, handwritten journal entries, and photographs. Since this was an arc there were some panels that were harder to see than others, such as the photographs, but the general layout gave a good impression of w...
  • cookiemonger
    The art is lovely and it’s a nice idea, but overall it lacks substance. The writing is only ‘okay’ and it manages to take a pretty basic premise and deliver a muddy execution.While reading, I couldn’t help wondering who this book is for. There are some things that seem like they might relate to girls this age in general, but they don’t go deep enough to hit the mark. Difficulty getting along with parents? Cici lies to her mother for no ...
  • Amanda
    Oh my, I loved this! I could tell it would be my type of book when I read the dedication "to the little hidden message that slept for fifty years in a treasure chest, before a little boy could discover it..." Makes me want to leave secret messages for my descendants to find, I love this kind of stuff! Plus Cici is an aspiring writer who ferrets out the mysteries around her like Harriet the Spy, and the second story involves a library and secrets ...
  • Darcy Roar
    A lovely set of mysteries for kids. Cici is a feisty and fun character with plenty of rough edges to explore. Her friends tend to get drug along on mystery solving expeditions whether they like it or not which leads to some infighting & character growth opportunities. The Cici/Mom relationship is frustrating but feels real. If the series continues I hope we'll get to see more of their relationship as it shifts and grows (& maybe some back story?)...
  • Mary
    Should appeal to Brian Selznick readers.
  • Nori
    Probably my favorite contemporary middle grade graphic novel. So so good! I want more!
  • Allison
    This was a charming and fun read. It's highly appealing to school-age students since journals/diaries are all the rage right now. It's the perfect amount of Harriet the Spy meets Amelia's Notebooks. It was enjoyable and I loved how each story wrapped up with a happy ending for the 'mysterious' people Cici sleuthed on.
  • Becky
    Cici's Journal is a gem of a graphic novel about a young aspiring author who is taking notes on the world under advisement of a local adult author who has taken Cici under her wing. As Cici keeps her journal, she stumbles upon 2 mysteries which she then investigates with her two best friends. Their journeys lead Cici to solve two heart-warming mysteries about an elderly painter and a lonely widow that elementary/early middle school kids will real...
  • Natalie
    A really cute graphic novel that reminded me a bit of Harriet the Spy! I loved the illustrations and the three stories that it contained. A great read for middle schoolers! I'm hoping that the author will publish a second volume!
  • Chris
    Review based on a digital copy received via Netgalley.Cici is a little girl of about 10-12 who lives with her mother. She has two close friends, Erica and Lena. Together, they have built a clubhouse; it is from this clubhouse that Cici carries out her investigations, with her friends’ help (sometimes willing, sometimes not). Cici longs to be an author and has made friends with a famous author living in her neighborhood. Her mother seems a bit s...
  • Sharon Tyler
    CiCi's Journal: The Adventures of a Writer-in-Training by Joris Chamblain is currently scheduled for release on November 7 2017. Cici dreams of being a novelist. Her favorite subject: people, especially adults. She’s been watching them and taking notes. Everybody has one special secret, Cici figures, and if you want to write about people, you need to understand what’s hiding inside them. But now she’s discovered something truly strange: an ...
  • Becky B
    This book actually includes two stories. I’ll review them separately. “The Petrified Zoo”****Cici and her friends notice a man coming and going from the woods with paint all over him. Cici can’t let this mystery go. Eventually she finds out what the man is up to (view spoiler)[painting in animals at an abandoned zoo her worked at (hide spoiler)] and recruits others to help which changes several lives for the better.A sweet and moving stor...
  • Jade
    Loved that this new graphic novel encourages budding female writers, women mentoring women in careers, and a girl fully committed to and unembarrassed by her passion. The artwork was intricately detailed and the coloring in particular was so lovely. Cici learned a lot about brainstorming, overcoming obstacles, and the writing process over the course of the story through her mentor and writing activities. The mixed format narrative of the book inc...
  • Barbara
    I'm wavering between a 3 and a 4 for this graphic novel, originally published in France so it's a 3.5 for me. Like many youngsters, Cici has ambitions of being a writer, and one of her neighbors, Mrs. Flores, is a published author. The older woman takes her under her wing and offers her suggestions about observing others and the world around her as well as keeping a journal and a scrapbook. Cici takes her advice to heart, and she imagines so much...
  • Cindy Hudson
    Cici knows she’d like to be a writer when she grows up. “My trick for telling stories,” she says, “is to observe people, to imagine their lives, their secrets.” To hone her skills at observation, she keeps a journal to capture her thoughts about the people around her. What she finds often turns into a mystery to be solved.Cici’s Journal: the Adventures of a Writer-in-Training by Joris Chamblain, is about a spunky 10 year old who is cu...
  • Alenka
    A sweet story about a young girl who dreams of being an author, and chases mysteries in her neighborhood in order to find stories that will hopefully fuel her writing. In the first story, Cici and her friends see a mystery man entering and exiting a specific place in the forest at strange hours, covered in paint, carrying paint tins, and occasionally accompanied by a brightly colored bird. In the second story, Cici sees an old woman taking the bu...
  • Ang
    This graphic novel is about young Cici a budding author and mystery solver. Two mysteries make up this book, the first is about a mysterious man who always appears to be covered in paint and the other is about a woman who only ever checks out the same book.Both stories are surprisingly full of heartwarming and touching moments. This is a great book for both young readers and older readers. There's Cici and her friends and the relationship and int...
  • Maggie Gordon
    Cici's Journal is a translation of a French series aimed at younger readers. It is about the aforementioned Cici (Cerise in the French), a young girl who wants to be a writer, so she snoops into people's lives to find out their story. The first part of the book is about an old man who paints pictures of animals in an old zoo. It's surprisingly touching, and sets the groundwork for the series. Cici is inquisitive and precocious, but she's also a b...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Chamblain, Joris Neil Cici’s Journal: The Adventures of a Writer-in-Training, 150 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. First Second, 2017. $18. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G. This is the story of Cici –an aspiring writer and mystery solver. The first part of the book is the mystery of a man that Cici and her friends see in the woods from their treehouse. He is covered in paint. One day Cici decides to follow him and discovers a magi...
  • Anne
    CiCi wants to be an author someday, so her mom buys her a journal to start practicing her writing. Cici also wants to be a detective. Her best friends are Lena and Erica. There are two stories within this book: The Petrified Zoo and Hector's Book. The Petrified Zoo is the story of a mysterious man who disappears into the woods each day with a parrot and comes back covered in paint. Hector's Book is about a woman who checks out the same book from ...
  • Ms. Jessica
    Cici's Journal by Joris Chamblain and Aurelie Neyret | Cici's Journal is a fantastic addition to such books as Harriet the Spy, Nancy Drew, and the Amelia notebooks. Cici wants to be an author, so she devotes much of her time to observation and journaling. Along with her two friends, Lena and Erica, they observe the "mysterious" members of their community and work together to understand their everyday routines. The people she observes, one an art...
  • Stephanie Tournas
    Cici, who wants to be an author, tells her journal all about the people she observes. She likes to figure out people's lives and solve the mystery of what is behind what she sees. So, this graphic novel's framework is a narrative journal, which is fleshed out by graphic illustration. Two stories, taking place in her little village, involve investigation of mysterious grownups, while trying to get her friends to join her and her mother to give her...
  • Amanda
    The art was my favorite part of this book; the colors are amazing. The first adventure was my favorite--who hasn't dreamed of something like this? Cici's detective skills leave a lot to be desired on so many levels; particularly in how she treats others. (view spoiler)[I'm really glad that her friend called her out on this so that she will (hopefully) stop this negative pattern of lying to her mother and treating people in such a rotten fashion. ...