ARiOL is a graphic novel series written by Emmanuel Guibert and illustrated by Marc Boutavant that originated in France. Though all the characters are animals, in the same vein as Mickey Mouse, they act super human in a tongue and cheek way that kids are going to love. For instance, one chapter has ARiOL (a donkey) distraught over the fact that others call donkeys less intelligent. His mother explains how "people" might have a certain stereotype, but that it doesn't make it true. Not all pigs are dirty and not all horses are as agile and heroic as the superhero Thunder Horse! The conversation ends with ARiOL (as Thunder Horse) battling those who dare to say donkeys are not intelligent!
The characters and situations in the books are realistic to kids ranging 7-10 years old. ARiOL has a crush (on a cow), doesn't want his best friend (a pig) to make fun of his grandma, but at the same time will laugh at his teacher's (a big dog) lessons and imperfections. The translation from French to English isn't perfect, but also not difficult to understand. I can see this being the next graphic novel series to fly off my bookshelves!