Title: Jane, the Fox & Me
Author: Fanny Britt (translated by Christine Morelli and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault)
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication Date: September 1, 2013
AR Levels: Book Level - 4.1, Interest Level - K to 3rd (although I disagree), Points - 0.5
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17214302-jane-the-fox-and-me
In a nutshell: When Helene's friends turn their backs on her and begin to ruthlessly make fun of her, she escapes into Jane Eyre and finds hope and solace in its tale of an outcast like herself.
I'd recommend it for grades: 3 to 7
I'd recommend it to: tween girls, anyone who's ever used literature as an escape, and anyone who's ever felt like an outcast
What I liked most about this book: It's
hard to find a book that deals with bullying, low self-esteem, and
weight issues that's realistic and doesn't shy away from the issues
while still being uplifting in a creative way. From page one, I could
relate to Helene, and I enjoyed this immensely. The use of black and
white and color is genius. In Helene's world, everything is black and white, and everything in Jane's world is in color, but as Helene begins to come out of her fog, color begins to bleed into her world, ushered in by a new friendship. It's beautiful.
Single favorite moment (without getting spoiler-y): In one scene, Helene goes swimsuit shopping with her mother and sees herself as a sausage in a cute suit; the illustration is of a personified sausage in a bathing suit and not of Helene looking plump in any way, and by illustrating it that way, it shows what Helene is seeing and not what's really reflected in the mirror. It's an incredibly realistic scene that I completely related to, and I'm sure many other girls will too.
Star rating (where 5 stars is awesome and 0 stars is atrocious): 5 stars