Akissi: More Tales of Mischief


Akissi: More Tales of Mischief offers the welcome return of the spirited girl who drives her family and friends crazy. Who else would try to reorganise the classroom so her new teacher thinks she’s a hopeless student? That’s one way to stay out of the way of the terrifying Mr Adama’s gaze!

How do you stay out of the witch doctor’s way, however, especially when he visits your house? Although Akissi has hopes of a little sister she doesn’t imagine a witch doctor may be necessary! Thereafter, his pronouncements about Akissi are enough to turn anybody’s tummy!

Marguerite Abouet’s reminisces of her childhood in Abidjan are the foundation for this brilliant graphic series. While we’re travelling to a different setting, the problems seem familiar at times. For example, what is a girl? Why do friends gravitate to somebody new who seems such a fake? Mathieu Sapin’s graphics explain so much of the relationships, setting and drama.

Bookwagon recommends this series highly to readers of all ages who seek something real, different, interesting. amusing and heart-warming.

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Akissi: More Tales of Mischief

Abouet & Sapin

(Flying Eye Books)

We return to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, from where Marguerite Abouet builds her childhood memories for Akissi: More Tales of Mischief. Akissi’s devotion to allocos (fried plantains) extends into the emergency medical room. Thereafter, she is intrigued by the fact her parents want another baby. Who might they call to help? Thereafter, what is a girl is supposed to be? Can Victorine help? It seems that playing football and espousing pretty dresses mean Akissi could not possibly be a girl! Furthermore, her friends are all enthralled by a new girl in town, who Akissi can’t bear! Thereafter, the main concern for Akissi and the children is Mr Adama, their Year 4 teacher. He warns, ‘No more playing house, football, painting or drawing. You are growing up now. I want you to work hard, very hard! Rest assured, I will be very strict.’ While Akissi’s brother, Fofana survived his year with Mr Adama, it seems that the experience has changed him to be ‘very mean’. 
However, the meanness cracks when he agrees to Akissi joining him and his gang on a pigeon shooting expedition. Will his friends’ warnings about Akissi bear fruit? Is she ‘still annoying’. Thereafter, will she hold her catapult or shoot without heeding the warnings. What do you think?
Bookwagon adores these stories. Not only do Akissi: More Tales of Mischief offer a glimpse into a wonderful childhood through a character whom we feel we know, but the stories are beautifully told. They’re also very funny and brilliantly realised through Mathieu Sapin’s graphics. Welcome back for more, following Akissi: Tales of Mischief


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