cover image Akissi: Tales of Mischief

Akissi: Tales of Mischief

Marguerite Abouet, illus. by Mathieu Sapin. Flying Eye, $14.95 (188p) ISBN 978-1-911171-47-8

In her town in the Ivory Coast, Akissi cannot go more than a few days without causing calamity or getting into trouble. For American readers, she’ll recall Dennis the Menace, with an attitude that is equal parts sassy, assertive, curious, and precocious. This collection of adventures explores her life in an African town as she deals with the day-to-day challenges of girlhood. Her exploits include playing football with the boys, dealing with worm infections, sneaking into movie theaters, accidentally setting her friend’s hair on fire, and much more. Sapin’s richly colored artwork complements Abouet’s tales, which bring to life universal aspects of childhood, illustrating the silliness, resourcefulness, and mishaps that are experienced all over the world. Ages 6–9. [em](May) [/em]