cover image Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon

Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon

Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Chris Van Dusen. Candlewick, $12.99 (112p) ISBN 978-0-7636-6886-0

DiCamillo devotes her second Tales from Deckawoo Drive story to animal control officer Francine Poulet, previously seen in Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig. Fearless and highly decorated, Francine may have met her match when she is called in to catch a shimmering “ghost raccoon” that seems to be screaming her name. A three-story “tumble” leads to a crisis of confidence, but Francine is back in the animal control game before long. 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. Art not seen by PW. Ages 6–9. Author’s agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Aug.)