Fran­cis the Lit­tle Fox

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

By Véronique Bloisjoly, il­lus­tra­tions by Katty Mau­rey Kids Can Press, 88 pages, $19 ANY child will en­joy this fun-filled ac­count of Fran­cis’s morn­ing at Mr. Li’s Small Socks Laun­dro­mat. When Mr. Li’s grand­daugh­ter, Lily, is in­volved, there’s al­ways mis­chief, and this day a cat named Mouse es­capes the laun­dro­mat and has to be res­cued by Fran­cis and Lily. Based on a French-lan­guage app, Re­naud le petit re­nard, it has loads of amus­ing il­lus­tra­tions by Mon­treal artist Mau­rey and easy-to-read text by Que­bec writer Bloisjoly. A tech­no­log­i­cally savvy preschooler, Dot knows how to “tap, to touch, to tweet and to tag.” She knows how ”to surf, to swipe, to share and to search.” But Dot also likes to get out­side and play with friends, and in this clever pic­ture book she does all those things out­side as well. Au­thor Zucker­berg, the sis­ter of Face­book founder Mark Zucker­berg, has proved her own tech­no­log­i­cal ex­per­tise in her res­i­dence of Sil­i­con Val­ley, Calif. Berger, who lives in Bris­tol, U.K., adds fun and colour to the book with his lav­ish, an­i­mated art­work.

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