If you and your family are feeling landlocked this summer, live vicariously through Monsieur Roscoe, a friendly dog who lives at the top of a very tall building in a French city, the creation of Jim Field of Oi Frog! fame. In this book, which acts as a jolly travelogue and a French language lesson, he heads off on the most superb holiday with his goldfish, Fry (he must be in his bubble, hee hee. With news this week that dogs can pass the virus on by sniffing others’ bottoms, we can only hope M Roscoe is keeping his nose to himself.)
The pictures are rich in comic incident; Roscoe is inclined to cause havoc, in ways readers can deduce from the images alone. The book is rewarding to pore over, inviting children to search for details on the busy, colourful, cartoony pages, reminiscent of Richard Scarry, although with a softer line. Its friendly world of anthropomorphised animals is short on social distancing, but at least it focuses on the outdoors.