Colette’s Lost Pet by Isabelle Arsenault


Colette’s Lost Pet by Isabelle Arsenault, Random House, 2017. 9780553536591

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Colette is mad she can’t get a pet, so she kicks a moving box up into the air, startling a bird and beginning a chain of events in her new neighborhood. A child’s’ imagination in an urban landscape evolves as Colette meets neighbor after neighbor, embroidering her story about a lost bird. Her woe is forgotten and her fib becomes a galvanizing myth that enchants all of her new friends. Black and white ink and watercolor, with the yellow of Colette’s jacket and the yellow and blue of her imaginary lost bird, are rendered in a pleasing retro style, an amalgam of picture book and graphic novel.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Pair this with stories about imagination and story telling, such as This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: June 4, 2017

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