We first met Francine Poulet, animal control officer, in the Mercy Watson series, but now she is back with her own book in the latest Kate DiCamillo series, Tales from Deckawoo Drive. I thought she was a hoot in Mercy Watson, but now we journey with her as she questions the only version of herself that she has ever known - Francine Poulet, animal control officer. She has never been afraid, but one night she encounters a racoon, that seems to be screaming her name, "Frrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnyyyyyyy!" She takes an awful tumble off a roof while trying to capture said creature, and then wonders if she was really meant to be Francine Poulet, animal control officer. Maybe she was meant to be Francine Poulet, retail clerk on a stool? Eventually she meets a determined young boy who sees the real Francine and encourages her to be her true self. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read this book through NetGalley, and I hope you will pick it up at your local library when it comes out on August 25.
I think this book was meant to be read out loud and shared, so here is Kate DiCamillo's PSA on the value of reading aloud to children.