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Sam and Lielet are two new friends living in Ethiopia who are dealing with the kind of problems that all kids judgemental social cliques, condescending adults, alienation, and a legendary brain-eating monster of folklore. Sure, it's not going to be easy, but all they have to do is live through it.

176 pages, Paperback

First published April 24, 2019

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Nicholas Aflleje

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Profile Image for Sam Quixote.
4,488 reviews12.8k followers
March 31, 2019
Two outsider teen girls become mates in Ethiopia and get involved in an arbitrary conflict between lions and hyenas because Lion King! Also mythical talking monster hyena for reasons…?

Little Girls is crap because Nicholas Aflleje’s story is not very well put-together. I wasn’t sure who this mythical hyena thing was, why they’d come back (or from where), what they wanted, or why they were targeting these kids. Similarly, I’m not sure why the girls were involved in this mystery or why they made it their business - because that’s what kids do, I guess? Hmm.

The girls never felt in any real danger anytime, all of the characters were flat and uninteresting, the story didn’t feel like it had a point nor did it really go anywhere (beyond the predictable good triumphing over evil cliche). I think Aflleje tried at the very end to hint that it was a metaphor for the Eritrean-Ethiopian war but, if that’s what it was, it went way over my head (and likely will everyone else reading this who doubtless know nothing about that conflict)!

Sarah Delaine’s art reminded me of Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodriguez’s style and I liked it a lot. The hyena monster’s design was genuinely spooky and the hyena body language was convincing and natural-looking.

Maybe if the story were more focused this’d be a good comic but, as it is, Little Girls is largely boring and forgettable.
Profile Image for Dave Schaafsma.
Author 6 books31.3k followers
July 6, 2019
Sam and Lielet are referred to as "two little girls" (they would seem to be 8-10?) by adults and animals alike in this story set in Ethiopia. They are not part of the in-groups in school, they are grounded by parents, one has an annoying brother, the usual kid stuff. But this is a slow burn atmospheric story about a legendary monster of Ethiopian folklore that has killed 8 people recently, a hyena-lion war, and a confrontation with all these critters where the girls save the day (and importantly, remain besties).

The back cover says it builds suspense like Nick Drnaso's Sabrina, which is to say it has a kind of contemporary horror vibe, I guess, and it does take its time getting to the scary parts, but I didn't see the Sabrina connection so mucht. They also mention Adrian Tomine, and this was even more out of left field for me in terms of any of his stories, but I think the references might be to the impressive art of Sarah DeLaine, a little like Tomine and Drnaso, maybe, though I think she is not quite in their league (yet!) and is better at drawing natural settings than humans.

I like the spareness of it, I like that there are many wordless panels, but the resolution doesn't come to all that much, frankly. There's (for me, with my little children's comics and mystery background) a bit of a Stranger Things feel to it: Let the kids solve the mystery, facing imminent death by the bared teeth of the mythological beast! And I thought of another graphic novel, This One Summer, by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, also about two little girls, though that one is not fantasy, but the two stores similarly take their time, are not afraid to let the images tell the story. Also, the girls in both graphic novels watch horror movies, which is interesting.

I liked this; some cultural aspects of it are unique (to me; my first comics story set in Ethiopia) and intriguing, and as I said, I like DeLaine's art. Not sure if Aflleje's story should have had more back story about the beast or beasts, but it would have helped me.
Profile Image for Mir.
4,862 reviews5,010 followers
May 15, 2020
I liked the character of Lielet. Sam was fine, too, really, I'm just a bit tired of "exotic" locations being translated through the viewpoints of displaced middle-class white Americans.

Mild cheers for using the mythical Kerit rather than a better known folkloric monster, although I've seen them around a bit recently and am guessing the author read the same stories I did.

The war between the lions and the hyenas was not interesting to me and I didn't see what advantage the hyenas expected from it, as so many of them were dying in the process.
Profile Image for Melanie (TBR and Beyond).
509 reviews366 followers
May 8, 2019
Ok, I went into this thinking we were going to get a cool dark fairytale/folk lore story but instead I got a weird version of The Lion King and I'm not saying that in a positive way in the slightest.

What a strange story - I feel like the author didn't even know where he was going with this when he started writing it. It started off as two little girls in Ethiopia befriending each other and becoming fascinated with the local monster legend of Kerit and if it's him killing all the people in their village. They decide to play Nancy Drew and investigate what is really happening. Sounds pretty cool, right? WRONG. Kerit turns out to be some big hyena with a lot of infection looking shit all over his face and he is pretty pissy at the local lions. Yep, it takes a weird turn about halfway in the book and this becomes a territorial war between the hyenas and lions. We get a lot of gory animal violence and the girls just watch, I guess... I can't even wrap my head around this mess.

The illustrations are odd, particular the illustrations of the people. I don't even know how to describe it other than plain odd. The animals were fine I guess - nothing awful but nothing to care about either.
Profile Image for Rian *fire and books*.
494 reviews143 followers
February 20, 2019
I did not enjoy this.

Firstly, let’s talk about the character drawings. The angles on some of these frames were... weird. The perspective was shifted sometimes to represent a character being bullied but it just came off weird. There’s even a couple panels where the characters resemble pop funko’s rather than people. Heck, in some panels the kerit was huge, and in others it looked the size of a normal hyena. It wasn’t consistent and it drew me out of the story.

Secondly, I had some issues with the story. I think we could have benefited from more of an explanation of what the kerit was and why it was there. Because of this I felt like we were slowly drawn into a creepy story and then given a rushed and not really great ending.

Thirdly, and this is where it gets spoilery so back out now...

what was the point? The kerit’s motivations were unclear, as was the precursor to the fight scenes. I felt like the story lacked direction.

I loved the gore in this and I think I would have preferred more, as well as more storytelling. Otherwise it’s just two girls who want to find a serial killer and instead end up almost getting eaten by a bunch of lions and hyenas.

There wasn’t enough to keep me engaged or even creeped out if I’m being honest.
Profile Image for Rod Brown.
5,309 reviews174 followers
August 21, 2019
Nice art, sort of reminiscent of Gabriel Rodríguez in Locke & Key, but the story is sloppy and makes little sense. A white girl finds herself in Ethiopia because of her dad's job and makes friends with a local girl. Of course they decide to Scooby gang it and solve the mystery when rumors say animals are being mutilated and people killed by a supernatural creature. It's supposed to be scary, but the creature looks too much like Sandy from Little Orphan Annie to be anything but ridiculous. And its main plan is some sort of war between lions and hyenas? Who cares?

The action is often confusing, especially when a battle begins and a running tally is included that is unclear as to whether it counting the number of combatants present or dead, because more seem to keep showing up as others die. Indeed the final tally far exceeds the numbers shown at the start of the scene. And if it is a tally of the dead, it really doesn't mean much if we don't know how deep a reserve each side has to draw upon.

So, no tension or excitement for me, but I wouldn't mind seeing the characters again doing something more worthwhile.
Profile Image for Valéria..
740 reviews29 followers
June 28, 2019
I seriously need a lobotomy after this.
1. This will haunt me in my dreams for a long time.
2. Why and how and again WHY this was made?
3. Somebody compared on the first page the artwork of this comic book to Geofrey Darrow's artwork. Please, go to your bathroom and put soap in your mouth immediately. Because this.. those drawings.. that monstrosity.. I really am in the mood to go grab forks and take my eyes out with them.
4. "a perfect graphic novel", "share this treasure with comic readers".. No! Stop lying to us.
5. Image, what the fuck, why?
6. Dialogues were bad. Not childish, not weak, bad. Really bad.
7. The parts with lions and hyenas were .... okay.
8. This should be free digital comics. It's really not worth the price.

I really do not want to rate this even with that one star because it does not deserve a star. But guess I'll go with that so people will see the rating and rather spend money on something better.
Profile Image for Donovan.
698 reviews65 followers
December 27, 2020
This could've been better. The art felt rough but unpolished, the characters flat. While I see the comparison to Killing and Dying, it isn't earned. What drove me to finish is the monster, which I think could have been more. I thought a huge plot hole was that their parents kept letting them go out monster hunting in the Ethiopian wilderness--sorry, but I don't buy it, not with townsfolk getting killed--the girls would've been on lock down. I also think the title (and characterization) is cliche and perhaps even sexist.
Profile Image for Lukas Holmes.
Author 2 books19 followers
February 25, 2019
I got this as part of a box for the store of IMAGE books to check out advanced copies of. BLOWN. AWAY. This is a perfect meeting of several cultural crossroads at once. Middle-grade fiction, the resurgence of horror, African mythos, diversity, girl power and terrific supernatural stakes. The art is spot on. Simple, clear, easy to follow while blowing up a wider world. I instantly went online after I finished to read more about the "monster" in the story and Ethiopia itself. I really hope we see more of this world.
Profile Image for Dakota Morgan.
2,331 reviews28 followers
May 31, 2019
Little Girls is a forgettable monster story starring two young girls in Ethiopia. They track down and fend off an Ethiopian monster that inhabits the local hyena tribe. The girls don't have much depth and the monster is wildy underexplained. The art is an extremely amateur version of Gabriel Rodriguez's Locke & Key art.

Better art and a firmer sense of place would have improved the story immensely. I'd be curious to know more about Ethiopia and its native monster myths! Little Girls, oddly, doesn't provide much information in that regard.
Profile Image for Jennifer.
321 reviews5 followers
April 7, 2019
Someone handed me an ARC of this book at a convention, and I'm never one to turn down free books. However, there is absolutely nothing to recommend about this graphic novel. The art is stiff and awkward, the plot is somehow simultaneously difficult to follow and nonexistent, and characterization is entirely absent. Nothing about this book works.
Profile Image for Laura Barnes.
67 reviews
September 4, 2022
I love a quiet horror story. Really dark subject matter that handled itself with a gentle touch. The attention to detail in the artwork is everything. The little crust under Kerit's eyes? Unnerving. Amazing, and unlike anything else I've read in a long time.
6,297 reviews69 followers
March 30, 2019
"I just like the night, OK?" says one of the lead characters here. Well it's a shame then that the colouring and design really don't convey the darkness of the true African night – not the stygian starlight of the uncivilised plains beyond the village limits. White girl there because her father works all over the world, and village tomboy drop-out, unite as best friends and try to investigate whether urban myth has any connection with some vicious killings going on. It might be a collective imagination thing, or it might be something mysterious and nasty and oh so real, the subject of horror stories rather than legend. Well the book wants to be strong on the horror side, even within its very PG-friendly limits, but it fails, partly as I said because it's just too bright and coloured. I know we can't have every page being full of gloom, but these are supposed to be two young women in the wilderness hoping against hope they don't find something dark and nasty. Nobody finds anything dark here.
Profile Image for Persy.
810 reviews18 followers
January 1, 2023
“Lots of words for me in your head... lots of tricks...”

I wanted this to be darker. The moment with the hyena feeder... yowza, what a spine-chiller. But the majority just felt like two kids playing make-believe and a lot of the somber mood-setting was lost.

The art was beautiful and I loved the folktale it drew inspiration from! I just wish it had pushed the envelope a bit more.
Profile Image for Hallie.
242 reviews21 followers
May 15, 2020
Really a 2.5, bumping up. I liked the premise a lot, and the characters felt very realistically written. The little domestic scenes and snippets of friends hanging out were tonally perfect. The scene between Kerit and the old man was pretty great, although I wish it had either told us more or mattered again later. A lot of the plot was honestly confusing, and it felt like that was out of a weird desire to be "mysterious" or "moody"? Like, the entire I wanted to like it, but I couldn't understand it enough to like the choices made.

I also couldn't settle on whether I liked the art or not. The things that were good were great - the animals, the closeups of eyes & faces, the general sense of place. The page towards the beginning about moving to a new place was brilliantly composed. But panels showing a character's full body often had them awkwardly positioned, the perspective felt a bit off, and there was a weird dedication to showing cross-sections of houses, with super specific details of bathrooms and closets. In some cases, like when Sam packs a flashlight, it feels intentional - other times it's just distracting.

Anyway, a generally forgettable story with a rich setting and cool monster art.
Profile Image for Gabriell Anderson.
311 reviews15 followers
June 28, 2019
Komiksový debut, který měl možná ještě nějakou dobu zůstat v šuplíku a dozrát.
Ono je to až humorné, že komiks, který vám hned na začátku úvodu oznámí, že je to "perfect graphic novel" tak moc nefunguje. Jasně, onen úvod to myslí tak, že je perfektní zvolená forma pro tento příběh, ale i v tom se shodněme, že se neshodneme.
Za mě osobně tu nefunguje ani příběh, ani kresba. Na obojím je strašlivě poznat obrovská nezkušenost a nedokážu si představit, proč po tomhle Image sáhla kromě nějakého vysvětlení, že podporují mladé a nezkušené autory, jejichž příběh zapadá kulturně jinam (v tomto případě v Etiopii).
Příběhově tu máme horror, který najednou v půlce přestane být horrorem (a i do té doby moc napětí nebudoval) a hodně nedovařený scénář, který jakoby občas zapomínal, co chtěl vlastně autor vyprávět a co prostě jenom chtěli nakreslit.
Kresba je tu další velká špatná. Ať už jsou to charaktery, které vypadají prostě špatně a občas anatomicky mimo, tak prostředí, které si přímo říkalo o krásné scenérie a zajímavé prostředí a místo toho je tu většinou prázdná nuda.
Po tomhle na nějakou dobu končím s pokusy a vracím se k starému dobrému první přečíst a když to stojí za nákup, tak hezky do poličky s tím.

Mohlo by se vám líbit, pokud:
- je pro vás prostředí Etiopie dostatečné lákadlo na vyvážení všech ostatních nedostatků
- vyhledáváte věci, které jsou špatné

Spíš vás zklame, pokud:
- čekáte horror nebo napětí nebo konzistentní příběh nebo konzistentní kresbu
- od Image čekáte jistotu aspoň průměrné kvality
Profile Image for ashes ➷.
865 reviews80 followers
January 1, 2023
Solid plot that wrapped up a bit too quickly for me (how have our characters changed and developed as a result? why does all this matter in their world?) despite a fantastic sense of horror and a great Big Bad. The art also wasn't doing it for me-- the lineart is lovely and detailed but the sense of proportion and movement was all wrong:

I read this due to Sina Grace's blurb for it but otherwise wasn't impressed.
Profile Image for Susan.
1,536 reviews37 followers
May 4, 2019
This book starts out with two outsider girls in Ethiopia who befriend each other and team up to solve a murder mystery. It sounded right up my alley but then things took a turn with the main story being a huge battle between large groups of hyenas and lions. There was a lot of disturbingly graphic animal death and it was not at all what I was expecting. The art and colouring seemed all good to me but the story ended up turning me off.
March 2, 2019
As a high school teacher I am always on the lookout for the next book that I just know will be made into a movie. I feel so cool when it comes out and I was smart enough to read it years prior. This is one such book. This was so well written, the artwork is amazing. It appeals to all ages. The friendship between the characters is awesome. We need more female heroines for girls to look up to! I can’t wait for this movie!!!!
Profile Image for Tabrizia.
725 reviews8 followers
March 16, 2019
I felt that the story really didn't go anywhere. There was really no explanation, one that I could clearly see, that explained the existence of this monster. Although the dynamic and the budding friendship was great between the two girls, it wasn't enough to carry out the story. Also, the illustration was very stilted and unappealing to anyone who is a lover of graphic novels.
Profile Image for Ryan Mishap.
3,356 reviews60 followers
September 2, 2019
Set in Ethiopia, this follows two young outsiders who bond over investigating the cause of grisly deaths. I liked it, but the writing and pacing was a tad disjointed.
Profile Image for Ionarr.
293 reviews
June 20, 2019
What? I..... What?

This is just terrible. It's so bad I'm genuinely confused about what I read, but from what I pieced together:

I was expecting, based on the blurb (by far the best part - I want to read whatever book that was based on, because it certainly wasn't this one) a spooky, atmospheric, mythology-meets-urban-legend tale with hints of Buffy or 80s teen sci-fi. What I got was a story, if it can be called that, about a girl who is in Ethiopia for a reason we never find out and makes friends with another outsider, by making a face at someone she was arguing with. Although given she doesn't seem to have had time to pick up the language (all languages other than English are helpfully denoted with awkward asterisks, and rude words blacked out) who knows how.

Anyway in a conversation I'm assuming they have although it's not in the book, girl tells new girl about some killings(? again, not clear), then they hunt for the culprit, and then halfway through this very boring and terribly executed storyline we discover that this is actually a book about a hyena vs lion war and if you think that sounds bonkers, boy you do not know the half of it. It's an ambitious plot, to say the least, which I can only assume was aiming at some great metaphorical point or possibly a moral about war or the environment or... Folklore? Friendship? Internalised misogyny and weirdly friendly racism? Sadly I couldn't tell you because there's nothing in the book to hint at why they decided to take this route. I am left guessing at artistic insanity or desperate need of an editor.

The art... Oh, the art. This is a very art-heavy book, possibly due to the apparently missing bits of dialogue and story (except at the end, where suddenly the book starts monologuing in what may be English but makes absolutely no sense). You would, therefore, expect the art to be the high point. You would be wrong, unless by high point you mean the thing I will inflict upon my friends so they can marvel at who thought this was a good idea and also have nightmares about the fucking teeth, in which case you would be 100% correct. It's not quite terrible enough to be a style or artistic statement, it's just bad. There are some very weird things attempted with perspective, which just makes the whole thing painfully 2D. Proportion also suffered, with everyone having a giant head that makes the adults look like children, and bodies drawn to look like stick figures. If you've seen those pictures of "if Barbie was a real human" or the diagrams comparing Disney princesses waists to the size of their necks, then think that but without any of the curves. Sadly there is no real description of the art style that quite captures the uncanny valley nature of it, although again I stress THE TEETH. Oddly enough, I think the artist can draw - I enjoyed the depiction of the Kerit and there's one panel which was really captivating and what I hoped the whole book would be like. Sadly I can't tell you what the panel was of, because this was during the part of the book where panels seemed to have randomly switched order - granted this could be because I have an advance reader proof, but I think that's hope talking.

Anyway. I expect - hope - that this will become a cult classic, in the way The Room is a cult classic movie - so oddly bad, so incoherent, so clearly convinced of its own superiority yet missing every point it's trying to hit so very hard that people just have to see the trainwreck again and again. I have visions of viewing clubs, of panels projected onto screens to be studied in great detail, of reproductions on t-shirts, of memes with the text replaced with the latest jokes, of the piecemeal dialogue reproduced, in full, on niche merchandise that will be greatly sought after. That is by far the best use for it, and I do hope it comes true. I will certainly be doing my part by showing this to everyone I know, not least so they don't foolishly spend money on it themselves, and because one of my favourite past times is giving people I love nightmares.

A must read - you WILL be disappointed.
Profile Image for Monita Mohan.
730 reviews14 followers
May 5, 2019
I received an advanced copy of this volume from Image Comics and was intrigued by the central premise and the book cover. However, the content of the title did not live up to expectations. The dialogue was natural but occasionally seemed disjointed. The art was a little to simplistic as well.

I am not sure about setting a story in Ethiopia but making one-half of the protagonists a white girl - it borders on the white saviour trope. The creators should have established Sam's globe-trotting existence from the get-go. Also, demonizing most of the other native Ethiopian characters was insulting.

I liked Sam and Lielet as characters - it's not often you read a book about two young girls outside of the realm of romance. I loved their adventurous spirit and easy camaraderie. I think young people will see themselves in these characters.

The book seemed to be in a rush to get the plot underway, which resulted in the story lacking any character or atmosphere. There are pages of speech-less panels, but what's missing is any sense of motion or movement forward be it physically or story-wise. Motion isn't easy in a comic, but it can and has been done; this book needed momentum.

Youngsters may enjoy this, but this is a mostly forgettable title.
June 28, 2022
To forward Little Girls with the statement that it is the perfect graphic novel is a disingenuous and frustrating move. The setting of the text- Ethiopia, a place of rich wildlife, culture, and individuality- feels squandered by middling art and ambiguous storytelling.

Not every text needs some deeply rich theming and/or symbolic purpose, but outside of its short reference to several important historic events within the country and a folkloric creature, Little Girls doesn’t have much to say regarding its female protagonists, their environment, or man’s relation with nature, which would be great topics to explore given all of the elements that contribute to its story. What purpose to its dual protagonists serve as young women? Neither seems well-versed enough in folklore or worldly perspective to give meaningful solution to the problem at hand- a problem that is planned for, but is haphazardly resolved. It offers no particular message about anything, which might be an attempt at realism. Perhaps. This might be an example of a non-Western narrative lacking appeal for a Western reader. I don’t want to be too critical of this part, as there are more concerning elements to cover.

Artistically, the text breaks a number of visual storytelling rules without intention, coming across as sloppy. Characters talk across panel gutters without a sense of priority, text boxes are used inconsistently and without purpose, and the coloring and art come across as flat and lacking detail. The most damning example of this lack of artistry is a single repeated panel in a single dialogue sequence, existing only to further pad out the art with the amount of dialogue in the conversation. If used with consistency, it would be a technique. Without consistency, it feels lazy.

There is some evocative art here, though mostly relegated to the animals of the text, while everything rooted in civilization lacks authenticity and richness. There is potential in this storytelling duo, but at the time of publishing, it is unpolished. There are clear areas to address, and with practice and purpose, this team could do far better than Little Girls.

1 Star: Poor craftsmanship, unappealing subject material, lacking substance.
2: Unappealing subject material, lacking substance
3: Average craftsmanship, lacking substance, enjoyable subject material
4: Enjoyable subject material, possesses substance
5: Enjoyable despite subject material, excellent craftsmanship, deeply substantive
Profile Image for Plaguedoctor.
86 reviews27 followers
April 19, 2019
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

So, I didn't hate. I thought it was an interesting concept. However, there is much to be desired in the way the story is constructed and the way the panels flow.

The first problem I had was that I wasn't really sure what was going on because of the awkward drawing and akward flow of the panels. It threw me off quite a bit.

I feel like it tried to get through the story to fast. Nothing was explained and there was no character developement. It just wanted to skio straight to the lion vs hyena fight.

That's another thing that threw me off. It never explained why they where fighting or why the hyena spirit existed or anything like that . Maybe I would understand it better if I knew what the myth it was based off of was. I did like the art and concept for the hyena spirit though. It reminded me a lot ofthe boar spirit from princess mononoke. Where it became deranged over time. I liked the concept, however, it never elaborated asmyty the spirit was like that.

The character developement for the kids was crap. I could have cared less about them and honesy think thw story would have been better if they were just left out and the auyhor just make a story about the battle between hyenas and lions.

Just disappointed in this book. It advertises itself as a horror based off of myth from Nigeria(I think it was). Which sounded really interesting but ended up being really boring instead.

It was a great concept. Maybe if they elaborated more on the hyena and lions and put in more background for the characters it could really go somewhere. Maybe even make it a series and put in some good developement. Also, drop the kids, they do nothing for the story. You could easily change them or take them out and it would make no difference to the plotline. It would have been a lot more interesting if everything was feom the animals perspectives.
April 27, 2019
I really tried to like this book.

After reading the 4 page preview online (which was revealed to be part of the 3rd act of the story, a pretty misleading/deceiving move as I thought it was really the beginning), I was excited to read the full story.

It started off so unusual and fresh, in interpreting lore from a lesser known myth, and featuring 2 headstrong girls (that we need more representation of in GNs) that I was ready to be more forgiving of some of the pitfalls that were arising as the book delved into its plot. Unfortunately though, by the end I felt had subconsciously tallied up quite a few pages in my head.. which I either couldn't understand because the comic book language wasn't used well (sequences not connecting/confusing), or the intent of the horror scenes just didn't work; either the angles were just too conventional and uninteresting, or the anatomy was really off.

I appreciate choice of the graphic novel format too to tell long-form storytelling at their own pace, but not when there are so many wasted panels and even pages with nothing really happening and nothing for the reader to grip on to, by way of plot intent or character motivation.

I honestly feel down that I couldn't like this book more; the team all seem to be new voices to the medium, and there were snippets of really fantastic stuff here - DeLaine's linework and attention to detail was incredible in the background and fur textures, for example, and it feels like everyone put in a ton of that time and attention into their respected areas.

I think the problem was that everyone had a ton of passion, but it seemed like there was a serious lack of directional critique from a comics pro, to explain how the storytelling etc. didn't quite work.


Having said all this, if that passion and commitment was better directed this would be fantastic achievement! So I'm genuinely look forward to seeing new work from everyone in this team, going forward.
Profile Image for Kariana.
21 reviews
February 15, 2023
I saw that Little Girls didn't have fantastic ratings, but I was super interested in the premise, so I decided to give it a shot . . . Ehhhh.

The art is very off-putting. The character designs are fine and I actually really like the way Kerit is designed, but the backgrounds are incredibly bland and feel like an after thought. The story is set in the Ethiopian wilderness - there's so much you can do with that type of landscape -but we get very copy/paste drawings of trees that oftentimes look like they belong in the American Midwest instead of East Africa.

Additionally, the way the people are drawn is VERY strange. Like I said, the character designs are just fine, but the perspectives - especially when a particularly dynamic scene takes place - are super strange. Characters' heads will take up 90% of a frame, someone's shoulders will look all shrunken up, some of the expressions are weird and creepy for no reason.

The art isn't my cup of tea, sure, but the weakest part of Little Girls is the plot. What even WAS that??? Okay so. A white girl, Sam, moves to Ethiopia, befriends a native, Lielet, and the two take down Kerit, a monstrous hyena-like cryptid that's been murdering people in their village, using FIRECRACKERS???? ALL WITHOUT EITHER OF THEIR PARENTS FINDING OUT OR CHECKING ON THEM???? Think about that. There's a giant creature eating people and NONE OF THE PARENTS EVER SAY ANYTHING!! THEY JUST LET THESE YOUNG GIRLS GO OUT AT NIGHT AND DO WHATEVER!!! So stupid.

The reason I'm not giving Little Girls one star is because I actually do like Sam and Lielet. Sam is a little bit cookie cutter and I wish I got to learn more about her history, but Lielet was very likeable and the way their friendship was written was sweet. I really, really, REALLY wish more was done with the Ethiopian setting and the lore around Kerit, but at least the characters I had to follow for the entirety of the book were interesting enough.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Kristin Lansdown.
211 reviews4 followers
May 2, 2019
I pick this up after reading it’s set in Ethiopia and the first thing I notice is that we’re following a white main character. That’s first thing that threw me off. Of course there’s white folks in parts of African countries but she’s there because her dad does....idk what; he was watching videos of boxes Everytime we saw him. I thought maybe she was an “army brat” but he was literally always home! With that said, I get that the point of having this character was to show how different she is from everyone and feels like an outsider, kids are mean etc. That had nothing to do with the overall plot or growth of this character so frankly this could’ve featured to Black girls.

Secondly, there is never any backstory given to the legend of the Kerit. I had to do my OWN legwork and learn that this is in fact a real legend in East Africa. The Legend holds that it only eats the brains of its victims. Was that ever explicitly stated? Why did it bite off the hyena feeder guy’s legs? Why were these two girls just randomly walking deep into territory with active packs of hyenas multiple times?!

There is an unexplained issue of a humanlike figure that is most certainly not the same thing as the Kerit we saw and my reading on the creature mentions nothing about it. I’m very confused by this. This title was hyped up in the beginning as the perfect graphic novel, something I’ve never seen unless I’m reading some type of classic reprint compilation of issues and it just....wasn’t perfect. Can’t be making tall claims at the outset like that. Now I’m expecting it to be true!

I did like the art so far as the imagery of the town they lived in and the sprawling landscape they inexplicably kept visiting despite clear and present danger.
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