Early Reader Review: Francis, the Little Fox


Author:Veronique Boisjoly

Illustrator: Katty Maurey

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Lexile Measure: 800L

Hardcover: 92 pages

Publisher: Kids Can Press (September 1, 2013)

Series: None

Genre: Early Reader

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!)

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Francis the fox enjoys everything about his Saturdays at Mr. Li’s
Laundromat, except for Mr. Li’s granddaughter, Lily. When Lily plays a
dirty trick on Francis, it’s up to the little fox to clean up and save
the day.

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My Thoughts:

This is an early reader book. It has simple sentences; just a few
words on each page and full color illustrations all the way
through. The story itself is pretty cute and the illustrations still
play a fairly big part in telling it.

It is quite long, so it’s best for kids that have moved past the initial
stages of learning to read, but it’s not so long that it couldn’t be
finished in a reasonable amount of time. I think it took me about 15
minutes to read it to my kids, but obviously it would take longer for a
child to read it by themselves.

Overall, This is a fun story with beautiful artwork that would be great for kids looking for the next step.


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  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    November 19, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I would't expect it to be so big. I'm pretty sure I've read another review of this basically saying it was alright. It looks like it could be cute what with a fox being the center of attention. Question: Do you have your kids read to you?

    • Reply
      November 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      My oldest just started kindergarten and is just beginning to read. I do have her read to me, but she is still on the very beginning level. This book would have been too difficult for her. I should review some of the books that she has been reading.

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