I was introduced to “Ariol, Just a Donkey Like You and Me”, while attending a conference at Book Expo America several weeks ago. Since my website is still undergoing “changes”, I suggest you pick up this book for a few good laughs. Written by French author Emmanuel Guibert and illustrated by Marc Boutavant- it’s a charming and humorous tale of a little blue donkey, Ariol. The illustration style is quirky, which hooked me straight away. It’s great too, to see that some publishers aren’t opposed to telling stories with anthropomorphic animals. Done in graphic novel form, it is digest-sized, 128 pages and contains a collection of short comic stories; among them- “Rise and Shine!”, “Vomit”, involving a practical joke using the novelty item of the same name, and my favorite story, “Operation ATM”, featuring some hilarious dialogue from Ariol as he pretends to hold off (imaginary) bandits during a trip to the ATM with his father. I laughed out loud at this one, and if you have kids 7-9 years old- i suspect they will laugh out loud too. I also picked up the second volume in the series, “Thunderhorse”, but have not had time to read it yet. I anticipate more laughs from the little blue donkey who is, after all, just like you and me. (Published by Papercutz)