Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
Publication: 2019 by Walker Studio
Genre(s): Graphic Novel, Contemporary, Middle Grade
Thank you so much Pansing for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault is available at all good bookstores.
A very quick and bittersweet read that covers the topic of bullying and body image. I love the contrast of colours between Hélène’s world and Jane Eyre’s. Really, I think that the monochrome of Hélène’s world and the brightness of Jane Eyre’s are used effectively to convey the differences (of which Hélène especially believes is there) between them . It also adds another layer to the grey-colored glasses Hélène wears when facing with her reality.
Unfortunately, my love for the visuals does not extend to the handwritten dialogue. I found it difficult to read at times, and a little too messy. It would have been great if the eraser marks from certain parts were entirely erased, especially when it has no other intended meaning to it (Like Hélène changing her mind or something). I mean, come on, publishers! It’s 2019, Photoshop is one the industry standard software for you!
As for the story, I think it needs a little more fleshing out for the bits where Hélène’s circumstances change (whether for the better or worse) because it goes from one to the other in a too abrupt manner. Though, this is from my adult-self’s POV. My kid/tween-self certainly would’ve not minded the abruptness and also would’ve appreciated this more than I do right now, and that’s not because of maturity levels or whatever. At this time of my life, I simply prefer stories that tackle topics like the aforementioned to be more hard-hitting. Even so, I did feel for Hélène and a few parts of the graphic novel did hit me hard.