Anna and Froga by Anouk Ricard

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Anna & Froga: Want a Gumball? is so damned delightful that a review can hardly do it justice.
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Anouk Ricard's Anna and Froga features the adventures of a little girl named Anna and her gang of animal friends. Anna's best friend is the titular Froga, and they often hang out with Bubu the dog (an aspiring artist), Christopher the gourmand earthworm, and Ron (a practical joker of a cat). With a sly humor, Ricard spins yarns that will delight and entertain the whole family.

Whether the conflict is driven by eating too many French fries, bossing around Johnny the Tuna, or trying to beat a difficult video game, you know that Anna, Froga, Bubu, Ron, and Christopher will come out all right in the end, which makes the layers of confusion they pile on one another all the funnier. Ricard's characters are sweet without ever veering into preciousness, as they constantly find opportunities for a laugh at one another's expense.

Ricard works in a fanciful and childlike style, with vibrant colors and simple story lines. The illustrations in Anna and Froga are inviting and the stories well told, employing short, snappy dialogue. Without sacrificing quality, intelligence, or humor, Angoulême Festival–nominated author Ricard is able to write from childhood effectively and charmingly.


About Anouk Ricard

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Anouk Ricard is an author, artist, and stop-motion animator. She was born in the south of France. She began the Anna and Froga series after moving to Strasbourg in 2004. Initially published in Capsule Comique magazine, the collections of strips were reprinted by Éditions Sarbacane to widespread acclaim.
Published June 19, 2012 by Enfant. 40 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
Reviewed by Margo Littell on Jun 14 2012

Coupled with childlike illustrations, the whole volume may leave readers wishing for a bit more sophistication on either a narrative or visual level.

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Under the Radar

Reviewed by Jeremy Nisen on Aug 22 2012

Anna & Froga: Want a Gumball? is so damned delightful that a review can hardly do it justice.

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Broken Frontier

Reviewed by Andy Oliver on Jul 02 2012

Delightful and captivating, Anna & Froga takes readers back to a point in their lives when the world around them was acutely magical and yet somehow simultaneously incredibly straightforward as well.

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