cover image Fran's Friend

Fran's Friend

Lisa Bruce. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, $15.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-1-58234-777-6

The heroine who made her debut in Fran's Flower is seriously neglecting her dog Fred-or so Fred thinks in Fran's Friend by Lisa Bruce, illus. by Rosalind Beardshaw-and Fran's art project must be for someone else. Large scale, candy-colored acrylic paintings put readers right in the thick of Fran's cutting and paint-sloshing, as Fred tries to insert himself into the process, only to end up paint-splattered-yet Fred is the recipient in the end.