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, Juvenile

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...
  • Lola Reviewer
    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...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tiana Hadnt
    I really loved this. It reminded me of when I was a little girl, and all the mistakes I made with the people around me so I could focus on whatever I was writing at the time. I loved CiCi. She means well, she’s energetic and earnest, and she has a nose for a story. Sometimes she has too much of a nose for a story. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to get the mystery solved. I love her spunky attitude and her desire to find out the whole s...
  • Kristin
    Cici's Journal collects the first two installments of the French series: The Petrified Zoo and Hector's Book in one volume.The art is warm and lovely, especially in the second story, but you need to slog through six pages of text journal entries to get to the first page of it. All the info in the journals is covered in the comic itself and has observations no ten year old would make, like, "she has a sharp edge and the soul of an artist". It's ha...
  • Siina
    Cici's Journal is an awesome kids' comic with an actual and interesting content! There's a high demand for comics like this, truly. The comic consists of two mystery stories and then there's the basic plot behind that's mostly Cici's life. Cici wants to be a writer and loves solving mysteries. In the first mystery she tries to solve who is this old man covered in paint and in the next one she tries to understand why this old lady keeps getting th...
  • Kristine
    Cici is a daughter, a friend, a writer-in-training, and a detective. Once Cici discovers a mystery, she becomes obsessed. While the mysteries themselves are enough to keep curious readers interested, the book also reveals how Cici's obsessions effect her personal life and she makes revelations about how she should treat others. The detailed illustrations are gorgeous and reminiscent of works by Hayao Miyazaki. Each of the characters are richly de...
  • Valissa
    Very sweet, 5th grade graphic novel.Set in a lovely, safe world (in Europe, no less), where 10 year old girls can have tree houses in the woods and ride their bikes freely. Adventures, hardships in friendships, excellent depiction of parent/child interaction (it's hard, duh), curiosity and its attendant troubles.Well rounded, heartbreakingly innocent, uplifting. I laughed, I cried. I want to live in a world with less traffic, street cafes, woods ...
  • Katie Lawrence
    Super whimsical and quirky! I really enjoyed following Cici's adventures. There were great mysteries to solve and some important messages about valuing your friends & family. Cici learns a lot about herself and others throughout the two included episodes. The illustrations are just gorgeous, you'll want to leave a lot of time to pour over them! My only complaint is that some of the text is really minute and a bit of a challenge to read. Otherwise...
  • Linda V
    Thank you Net Galley for the ARC to review.Cici aspires to be a writer. She loves to observe the people around her and writes about them in her journal. Unfortunately, she sometimes gets caught up in what she is doing and mistreats the people around her. The book is designed as two separate mysteries written about in her journal. I thought it was interesting that in both she ends up helping elderly people. Lessons are learned and relationships re...
  • Beth
    I heard about this book from an author I follow an twitter, and found a used copy at Powell's. I'm so glad I did, as it is absolutely lovely! The book actually includes the first two parts, and each part is a different story and investigation by Cici. Both were cute and quite touching, and provided some good lessons along the way - and the artwork was perfect for the stories. So happy I got this, and can't wait to share it with my daughter
  • Bethwyn (Butterfly Elephant Books)
    The artwork in this one is so beautiful - I love the vivid colours and the watercolour-esque style. The characters are quite good, and the mysteries were really great (both were sweet and sad, with a little hope).However, the character of Cici actually irritated me quite a bit, so I had trouble relating to her throughout the books. I was more interested in her mystery characters than in here. So, a nice diversion, with gorgeous artwork, but not s...
  • Gailanne Smith
    I really enjoyed this graphic novel! The illustrations were beautiful, the story wasn’t predictable, and there was a lesson in both of CiCi's stories about honesty, putting others' before yourself, and the importance of friends and family (as well as minding your own business!). I’m ready for CiCi’s next adventures!