Graphic Novel Review: The World According to Francois

The World According to François by Vincent Zabus
The World According to François: The Writer’s Secret
by Vincent Zabus,  Renaud Collin (Illustrator)

4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads


Francois is a little boy with a big imagination. He is always writing down stories and telling them to his classmates and teachers, but the bullies in school make fun of his stories and his teachers are exasperated with him. He meets a mysterious woman who tells him that he has a magical power over letters of the alphabet and can command any book to do his bidding. An evil man has seized control of the letters, and only Francois can restore balance to the secret world of authors.

I loved Francois’ character! He has a good heart and enjoys using his intelligence to fantasize about other worlds and magical creations.

He makes up stories about robot teachers, a green fish that blushes gold, and a father who tells pretend adventures to his sick son.
I loved the artistry that Francois discovers inside himself as his natural talent for writing is revealed. He learns to have more self-confidence in his abilities, and embrace his true self.

The story line has some good suspense and action, but the real draw is the magical letters and the mystery of the author’s secret society. The letters are sentient, and they spy on Francois and follow him around to determine if he has the budding magical powers to direct the alphabet to create stories. The plot is so interesting and imaginative!

I can’t really comment on the artwork, since the e-file that I got from NetGalley was a little blurry. As far as I can tell, it looks colorful and fun, and I liked the design of the characters. Sometimes the action was a little confusing, and I wasn’t sure what was going on in each panel, but that might have been the low quality of the e-file.

A fun and inventive book with a good story line!

Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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