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Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Two


Series
Tales from Deckawoo Drive

by
Kate DiCamillo
illustrated by
Chris Van Dusen

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9780763668860

Awards and Honors
2016 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Recommended Book
Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2015, Ages 6–8
2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Early Chapter Books
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Animal control officer Francine Poulet can handle anything—except a ghostly raccoon that screams her name. Terrified of the critter, Francine has a crisis of confidence. Black-and-white gouache illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

112

Trim Size

5 3/8" x 7 5/16"

AR

3.8: points 1

Lexile

430L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

4

JLG Release

Dec 2015

Book Genres


Topics

Animal control. Raccoons. Fears. Self-confidence.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Welcome back to the world of Mercy Watson and friends! In this installment, the fearless and unflappable Francine Poulet, animal control officer extraordinaire, is called upon by the bejeweled Mrs. Bissinger to capture a screaming, ghostly raccoon. When Francine faces the raccoon, she unexpectedly panics and ends up in the hospital. Her self-confidence lost, she resigns her position because she no longer knows who she is. “She was not an animal control officer. And she was not a Poulet, because Poulets never panic.” Then she meets Frank, an observant boy who not only knows the whereabouts of the still-at-large raccoon but encourages her to face her fears and live up to her true calling, to remember “she was the genuine article…solid as a refrigerator.” Encouraging readers to believe in themselves, this short chapter book pairs illustrations on almost every page with brisk dialogue and short, descriptive sentences. 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. VERDICT A worthy addition to the series.—Ramarie Beaver, Plano Public Library System, TX

Horn Book

Mercy Watson fans will remember Francine Poulet from Mercy Watson Thinks like a Pig, in which the animal control officer tried to net Mercy. Here Francine— fearless at her job, with an impressive resumé: including forty-seven trophies and an unbroken record for most animals controlled—receives a call about an unusual raccoon (“He is an extraordinary raccoon! He shimmers! He screams like a banshee!”) on a roof. Francine’s father used to tell her, “Franny, you are the genuine article. You are solid. You are certain. You are like a refrigerator. You hum.” Unfortunately, when the shimmery raccoon screaming “Frannnnnnnnnnnyyyyy!” hurtles toward her on the roof, she loses her confidence, and then her balance; a three-story fall ensures that neither will be easy to regain. 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. For new chapter-book readers looking for a bit more of a challenge, the second in this Mercy Watson spinoff series (Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, rev. 9/14) continues to explore the neighborhood and expand on all its fascinating and comical local characters. julie roach

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Welcome back to the world of Mercy Watson and friends! In this installment, the fearless and unflappable Francine Poulet, animal control officer extraordinaire, is called upon by the bejeweled Mrs. Bissinger to capture a screaming, ghostly raccoon. When Francine faces the raccoon, she unexpectedly panics and ends up in the hospital. Her self-confidence lost, she resigns her position because she no longer knows who she is. “She was not an animal control officer. And she was not a Poulet, because Poulets never panic.” Then she meets Frank, an observant boy who not only knows the whereabouts of the still-at-large raccoon but encourages her to face her fears and live up to her true calling, to remember “she was the genuine article…solid as a refrigerator.” Encouraging readers to believe in themselves, this short chapter book pairs illustrations on almost every page with brisk dialogue and short, descriptive sentences. 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. VERDICT A worthy addition to the series.—Ramarie Beaver, Plano Public Library System, TX

Horn Book

Mercy Watson fans will remember Francine Poulet from Mercy Watson Thinks like a Pig, in which the animal control officer tried to net Mercy. Here Francine— fearless at her job, with an impressive resumé: including forty-seven trophies and an unbroken record for most animals controlled—receives a call about an unusual raccoon (“He is an extraordinary raccoon! He shimmers! He screams like a banshee!”) on a roof. Francine’s father used to tell her, “Franny, you are the genuine article. You are solid. You are certain. You are like a refrigerator. You hum.” Unfortunately, when the shimmery raccoon screaming “Frannnnnnnnnnnyyyyy!” hurtles toward her on the roof, she loses her confidence, and then her balance; a three-story fall ensures that neither will be easy to regain. 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. For new chapter-book readers looking for a bit more of a challenge, the second in this Mercy Watson spinoff series (Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, rev. 9/14) continues to explore the neighborhood and expand on all its fascinating and comical local characters. julie roach

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