April 14, 2016

Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 2:27 pm by suebe2

Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon
by Kate DiCamillo
illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Candlewick Press

Francine Poulet may very well be the greatest animal control officer that Gizzford county has ever seen. She’s stared down a bear and won forty-seven trophies.  One day she even helped locate a certain porcine wonder (for those of you who remember her from the Mercy Watson books).

One day she gets a call about a super, scary raccoon.  This isn’t an ordinary raccoon and the caller, Mrs. Bissingers is convinced that this raccoon is something else.  It might even be a ghost.  How else can you explain the fact that it screamed out her name.

Francine is on edge when she takes her place on the Bissinger’s steep roof.  Mrs. Bissinger has told her time and time again just how scary and tricky this particular raccoon is.  When the scary screaming raccoon jumps on Francine, they tumble to the ground and the animal control officer ends up with a broken leg and a broken arm.

Even when she is out of the casts, Francine assures herself that no one can expect an animal control officer who walks with a cane to take on this super scary raccoon.

But the crazy raccoon is still on Deckawoo Drive and it’s up to the residents to help Francine rediscover her purpose and her gumption.  As sometimes happens, I’m not going to tell you exactly who manages to do this or how.  You will . . . I’m sure you know what I’m going to say . . . have to read the book.

“Tales from Deckawoo Drive” is a series of chapter books that focus on some of the secondary characters from Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson series.  Unlike the Mercy Watson books, these are traditional chapter books with more text and illustrations, black and white, on only a few pages.  Like the Mercy Watson books, readers will still be treated to DiCamillo’s top-notch story telling and wit.

Share this particular book with a newly independent reader who loved Mercy Watson.  It would also be a great choice for readers who love comedy, stories with animals, or any one who needs a story about someone who has lost her way and is unsure of her identity.  Rest assured, in the end Francine Poulet is once again sure of who she is.

–SueBE

 

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