Francis the Scaredy Cat by Ed Boxall

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With bold, childlike illustrations, Ed Boxall tells a comforting tale about friendship - and the discovery that love can make you brave, even if you’re a scaredy cat.

Francis has a secret, even from his best friend, Ben. He’s a scaredy cat! Francis is afraid of the dark, but most of all he’s afraid of the hissy, whispery monster he hears in the garden on stormy nights. One dark night Ben is late getting home, and Francis worries that the monster has captured him. Will Francis face his fears and head into the dark night to rescue his friend? And who is that monster hissing in the tree?

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Published January 1, 2002 by WALKER BOOKS LTD. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bright sunny hues reflecting Francis’s amiable nature are gradually replaced with inky darkness as his trepidation increases, while the ultimate revelation of the “monster’s” friendliness heralds a lightening of the night, in the form of sparkling stars.

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When Francis mistakenly believes that the monster has kidnapped his young owner, Ben, he bravely attempts a nighttime rescue—and ends up getting rescued himself by the very same monster, who turns out to be a big, wild but kindly black feline.

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