Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Two Paperback – August 2, 2016
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"Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen strike gold again with this charming addition to the Mercy Watson story-verse."
—Shelf Awareness (starred review)
"This Deckawoo Drive adventure is sure to inspire anyone taking his or her own tentative steps toward independence."—Booklist (starred review)
"Van Dusen's illustrations enliven the already amusing text. A great addition to chapter book shelves and a must-have for fans of the series." —School Library Journal
—Booklist (starred review)
New readers ready for a challenge and some laughs will welcome more characters from Deckawoo Drive.
Like Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, it’s a witty yet tender reminder of the importance of being one’s best self. You do you, Francine.
With plenty of white space and a large font the title is tailor-made for young readers transitioning to chapter books and will be enjoyed by “Mercy Watson” (Candlewick) fans and new readers alike...A worthy addition to the series.
—School Library Journal
DiCamillo's quick, dryly hilarious dialogue makes this over-the-top story shine, as does the tender subplot about Francine's father, who still roots for her from the great beyond. Chris Van Dusen's comical caricatures of Officer Poulet, the ridiculously bejeweled Mrs. Bissinger and that crazy ghost raccoon make the whole book hum.
The wacky plot comes smartly together with humorous insights and lively illustrations. Familiar characters, including Frank and Stella, the Lincoln sisters, and Mrs. Watson, lead the story to its climax on Deckawoo Drive, resulting in the raccoon’s capture, the restoration of Francine’s self-esteem, and lots of toast.
—The Horn Book
DiCamillo’s writing is diverting and warmly descriptive, the story has heart, and Francine is an undeniably likable character. Even in black and white, Van Dusen’s illustrations evince warmth and humor. Fans of the first book in the series, Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (BCCB 9/14), and the Mercy Watson books may find similar enjoyment here.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
School librarians will definitely want to add this new escapade to their collections.
—School Library Connection
Kate DiCamillo delivers an inspiring message replete with suspense and fun...
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The story itself, like the Leroy Ninker spin-off, is a higher reading level (at least 1-2 levels) that Mercy Watson. It is incredibly moving at times (I shed a few tears reading a passage), but in a dark, heavy way that I needed to explain to/discuss with my grandchildren. It is less organized, with lots of unrelated scenes including familiar characters. While Kate DiCamillo has never been one to shelter our children from all of life's realities, it is considerably less light-hearted than Leroy Ninker. While Francine's discouraged soul-searching goes on too long for a children's book, the message of determination/perseverance is appreciated at the end. There are books my grandchildren pick up regularly. This one isn't one they (or I, sadly) have asked to read again. Gr1-3.
We are extremely excited about the new book dropping in June. We already pre-ordered.