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

by Kate DiCamillo

Paperback, 2016



Local notes




Candlewick (2016), Edition: Reprint, 98 pages


When she confronts a screaming raccoon that may or may not be a ghost, animal control officer Francine Poulet questions her abilities.

Original language


Physical description

98 p.; 5.38 inches


0763690880 / 9780763690885



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LibraryThing member paula-childrenslib
When she confronts a screaming raccoon that may or may not be a ghost, animal control officer Francine Poulet questions her abilities.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
In this second entry in Kate DiCamillo's Tales of Deckawoo Drive series, which presents longer stories about some of the secondary characters from her Mercy Watson books, Animal Control Officer extraordinaire Francine Poulet, the third in a line of animal control officers in her family, unexpectedly meets her Waterloo in the form of an eerie raccoon said to be 'haunting' elderly Miss Bissinger's house. When Francine becomes frightened and loses her head, falling off the roof and injuring herself, she loses her confidence and resigns her post. Will she ever be an Animal Control Officer again...?

This being the world of Kate DiCamillo, naturally things turn out for the best, but young fans of the author will still enjoy reading about Francine's adventures, having first encountered her in Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig. Stella and Frank, other secondary characters from the Mercy Watson books also make a reappearance here, and Frank has a role in helping Francine to overcome her malaise. These books are a step up in reading level, from the earlier ones devoted to Mercy Watson, and the artwork, done by Chris Van Dusen, is black and white here, rather than in color, perhaps reflecting the fact that most chapter-books at this level are illustrated without color. Reccommended to fans of Mercy Watson, and to young readers looking for entertaining chapter-books.
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LibraryThing member JalenV
One look at the cover of the Listening Library version of Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon and I had to check it out. There's quite a bit of repetition in the story of fearless animal control officer Francine Poulet, daughter and granddaughter of animal control officers, but it's of the variety that seems to get funnier during the repetition. I liked the fact that some of the words were reasonably long.

As for the ghost raccoon, will it make the highly-decorated Francine sorry she ever got into the family line of work? I enjoyed finding out. Kathleen McInerney's narration got the humor just right.
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Kate DiCamillo is my favorite children/tween book storyteller of authors from the last 25 years along with Roald Dahl - Bev Cleary, Judy Blume and Frances Lattimore were my favorites as a kid in the 60s and early 70s.

She is so different from other writers in that she is far more of a story teller than just a writer of stories, which are two different things.

I first discovered her when I saw the film ' Because of Winn Dixie ' then read the book, she had me hooked and I have been a fan of hers ever since.
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