Jane, the Fox, and Me
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Hélène has been inexplicably ostracized by the girls who were once her friends. Her school life is full of whispers and lies — Hélène weighs 216; she smells like BO. Her loving mother is too tired to be any help. Fortunately, Hélène has one consolation, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Hélène identifies strongly with Jane’s tribulations, and when she is lost in the pages of t...more
Hardcover, 104 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Groundwood Books (first published October 23rd 2012)
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Diane
If you like the book "Jane Eyre," you will probably like this beautiful graphic novel.

"Jane, the Fox and Me" is the story of Helene, a young girl who is shy and lonely and is being bullied by a group of mean girls at school. They make fun of her weight and taunt her about not having any friends. Helene's one source of comfort is reading the book "Jane Eyre," which she carries with her every day. She burrows into it on the bus as a way of blocking out the awful things the other kids say.

Things c...more
Eve
No one likes to use the "B" word, and when it is used, what comes to mind are characters like the teenage "bully" in Junior's sixth grade class in the film Problem Child 2. You remember...the one who likes picking his nose and employing the art of spitball archery. The irony is that often times, bullies are not unkempt misfits, or the posh, popular kids of the Mean Girls trio. Most of the time they're ordinary, "nice" people who were at some point close friends of yours.

Helene is a young girl in...more
Monica!
Helene’s life is not going so well at the start of Jane, the fox & me. As so often happens in middle and high school, she used to have friends, but then the leader of their group (that bitch Genevieve) turned on her with fat jokes and body odor comments and “Don’t talk to Helene, she has no friends now” written on the mirror in the bathroom.

Now all girls are horrible for no reason, the way horrible girls are, and the boys are horrible because they know it makes them look good in front of th...more
Betsy
Isn’t it strange how few children’s graphic novels are published in a given year? This is one of those phenomena that defy the basic tenants of capitalism. The need, as anyone who has ever fielded reference questions from 10-year-olds will attest, is vast. Yet the product sputters out of publishing houses so sparsely and randomly that you can’t help but be baffled. The only justification I can come up with is that graphic novels are bloody expensive to produce. That would certainly account for h...more
Jen
Not enough fox. A more honest title: Me reading Jane and briefly meeting a fox.

Past that, not a bad book.
Dijon Chiasson
I consider this to be the best graphic novel I have ever read, even though "Jane, the Fox, & Me" is targeted towards girls in middle school, My inner critic insists that this declaration speaks to my mental/emotional makeup, but I disagree. I feel that it speaks to the quality of the book. So shut up, me, and listen to why this book is great.

The story centers around Hélène, a young girl who is being ostracized by girls who used to be her friends. She escapes the teasing by diving into the w...more
Vikki VanSickle
Fanny Britt’s text (translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou) is intense and internal and feels like a long-form poem. There were no obvious translation quirks, in fact the prose is quite rhythmic and has lovely poetic moments. Isabelle Arsenault is the perfect illustrator for this kind of prose, having worked with the lovely and lyrical Kyo Maclear on various projects in the past, such as my beloved Virginia Wolf.

The muted colour-scheme does much to set a melancholic tone. Even the Ja...more
Bee
If I must hide
where is the space
with colour,
soft edged ferns,
cushions,
to hide in?

School's thin
words, weighty,
scribbled sharp
on walls and pages,
hurt that part of me
still child.

I have Jane
but she is paper too.

At camp
my tent is pitched
among ferns,
a red fox
sharp
nosed, eyes
stars under cedars.
Who knew how much
change fox would bring?

Green, green, and then
red. Hidden
places surround me
everywhere I go.

Ricquetta
Quite possibly one the of the most profound graphic novels I've read yet. The main character, Helene, deeply resonated with me and surfaced a lot of the feelings I had as child who was also tormented by evil, evil female students. Although it is written for middle grade girls, I highly recommend reading it because it is a relevant story for any age. On top of that, it is gorgeously illustrated and formatted, which makes the entirety of this piece of work so much more beautiful. I thank my lovely...more
Isadora Cal
This is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I cried with joy, even though there is a sad tone.
Scope
For an older audience than I expected - probably 6th-9th grade. Man, it's good.
Jess
This is a beautiful thing. I don't know that anyone will check it out, though.

Hélène is a thoughtful, lonely kid being picked on by girls who used to be her friends. She's currently reading (and in love with) Jane Eyre.

Make no mistake, it's well-done. The use of grays in Hélène's world vs colors in Jane's is effective. The appearance of the fox is interesting. Meeting Géraldine is luck, but I'll let it slide.

I love her mom. I grin and ache at her inability to tell her mom just how much the dres...more
Patricia

Voilà un roman graphique qui s'est longuement fait désiré. En effet, au Québec du moins, Isabelle Arsenault et Fanny Britt ont occupé une place importante dans les médias pour parler de ce petit chef d'oeuvre.

Pour résumé un peu l'histoire, une jeune fille timide et sans grande confiance en elle-même est victime d'intimidation à l'école et elle est très seule. La lectrice se sentira rapidement près de cette petite fille très simple et attachante.

Au delà de l'histoire, il y a ce motif de la lect...more
Marie
WOW. I loved this book by Fanny Britt. Think it's one of the best books of 2013 + 2012 (Pub in Quebec in French) As I read, I could really feel what Helene felt: self-image, bullying, how-to-make friends issues, --it's a lovely, sometimes heartbreaking story, but also full of hope, and what so many kids go through, especially in junior high/middle school. Isabelle Arsenault's illustrations are perfect, enhancing the text beyond anyone's expectations. they really make you feel. The book's won sev...more
Michelle Cristiani
A really pleasant read. The art was simple but deep, and the story was heart-clenching and inspiring all at once. I loved how the pages when the girl was reading were in color, and her 'real' life was in black and white. I loved her raw honesty, too.

To be honest I didn't quite get why the fox was in this story at all, but I see it maybe representing something magical, other-worldly, and friendly in an otherwise lonely adolescent life. Something that you have to appreciate while in front of you,...more
Elizabeth
If based only on the artwork this would be a five star read.
Sadly, however, this melancholic story is a bit thin.
Except, finding refuge in a book?
Story of my life.
Lynn
SO touching - this went straight to my heart. Loved the illustrations and how evocative they were.
Laela
What do Jane Eyre, foxes, and little girls who look like sausages have in common? Surprisingly, a lot.

Have you ever had that panicked moment when you have to go try on a bathing suit when you feel fat? You are standing there in the dressing room looking at yourself and feelingyou feel less than stellar. Hélène feels just that way. “Jane Eyre,” says Hélène, “may be an orphan, homely, battered, alone and abandoned, but she is not, never has been and never will be a big fat sausage.” To make matte...more
Barbara
It's impossible to know why one group of youngsters decides to pick on another. In this case the object of ridicule is Helene whose former friends belittle her and spread lies about how she smells and her weight. Although she tries to avoid them, there is no hiding from their cruel words, which pursue her through the school halls and bathroom stalls. To her horror, she must attend a school camping trip where she fears being alone and being teased even more fiercely. But she encounters a few surp...more
Paige Michaud
In the book Jane, the fox & me by Fanny Britt, the main character Helene is a young girl who doesn't fit it with anyone. She believes it is because if her weight but in reality, she was the same as everyone else. She was bullied by girls at school and resorted to a book that she could bond with.
Amanda
Almost every girl needs to have a book like this, which could speak to her in those tough, rough, and cruel times. I won't go into the whole, "Why are girls mean to other girls?" or "Finding just 1 right friend can make all the difference" or "You must be strong and stand up for yourself against bullies" or "Bullies cannot be allowed to thrive" or any of the other over-worked themes that are covered very deftly here. Soft, dreamlike illustrations.
Robin
An unusual book -- large format graphic novel tells a story to of a girl bullied by her former friends who also has extremely low self esteem (they comment on her weight; she believes she is fat, but she doesn't look fat and it isn't till almost the end when she visits the doctor who explains that she isn't fat at all -- not even a little, she's just growing.) She escapes by reading -- she's enchanted by the story of Jane Eyre. When she recounts the plot, the pages erupt in glorious full color....more
Kaethe
A friendless girl is bullied about her weight by her classmates, and escapes from her misery via Jane Eyre. And then a fox sees her, and she makes a friend.

Of course I can relate to a story about a girl who uses books as a substitute for real people, but I was deeply touched by the way the author and illustrator dealt with body-image issues.

It would have been super awesome if they'd made the leap from one girl's inaccurate self-image to societal pressure on girls as a whole, if they had centered...more
Pam
i read this in one setting, i really enjoyed it, i expected more jane eyre in it but it turned out ok, i was actually kind of apprehensive going in bc this is my first graphic novel and mainly bc i heard this deals with a little girls body image and worried that i wouldn't be happy with the way that it was handled bc i'm usually not BUT fanny britt did a great job! i loved how she so profoundly hit the point at the end that these things were learned behavior from her mother, it's such an importa...more
Susannah
This is a nicely illustrated and touching story about an isolated girl who is being bullied by her former friends. They pick on her for supposedly being "fat", and she seeks refuge in reading, primarily in the novel Jane Eyre, which is where the "Jane" of the title comes from. Therefore, Helene's real world is portrayed as black and white, whereas the scenes from the novel are drawn in vivid colour. Because this is a graphic novel, it is easy to see from the illustrations that the protagonist, H...more
Leslie
Jane, the Fox & Me is simply stunning. I spent a long quiet moment after closing the book and muttering a ‘damn.’ Naturally, I think we should all now experience this graphic novel.

Isabelle Arsenault illustrates Hélène’s life in pencil, black and white overlay a depressing tonal grey. Hélène has not only been isolated but she is being brutally tormented. The insults written on walls, like her weighing 216 increase in her mind to 316 and more as the story progresses. But, contrary to what she...more
Rachel
I don't usually read graphic novels, but I loved this quiet, magical story of a lonely girl, Helene. The illustrations are great, starting out with the bleak grayness of the school where teasing girls lurk around corners and showing her lonely life at home with her tired, hard-working, and stressed mother. Helene seeks solace by reading, especially her favorite book, Jane Eyre. At this point in the story, the illustrations change from the desolate grays to bright beautiful roses and reds. The wr...more
Amanda Harris
Helene experiences anxiety everywhere she goes because she's afraid that she'll have to hear insults, read insults, or be the target of a mass humiliation among classmates. With the help of her book, Jane Eyre, and a new found friend, Geraldine, Helene starts to realize that the things that other kids say aren't true if she doesn't believe they are true. This story is touching and heartbreaking at the same time.

Need a book that tackles the topic of bullying and loneliness with a positive ending...more
Ruby
Mar 16, 2014 Ruby rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: every single person on this earth who thought there was more to comics than marvel
Shelves: 2014
I bought this book on a whim yesterday as I had just been given a gift card for waterstones as a late christmas present and I liked the cover. AND AND aND it is the cutest book ever! The art is 1000% perfect and the story is so sweet and uplifting, recommend it to everyone! I've never been into comics / graphic novels / whatever, because I didn't like the typical drawing style in them (think marvel/dc or similar), and I have very particular feelings about art, but this book is beautiful in every...more
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Fanny Britt is a Quebec playwright, author and translator. She has written a dozen plays (among them Honey Pie, Hôtel Pacifique and Bienveillance) and translated more than fifteen. She has also written and translated several other works of literature. Jane, the Fox and Me is her first graphic novel.
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