Francis the Little Fox
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.