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Colette's Lost Pet

(Mile End #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  461 ratings  ·  106 reviews
A charming and funny story about navigating new places and friendships. Perfect for fans of Uni the Unicorn and Sparky.

Colette is exploring her new neighborhood and wants to make friends. But when she encounters someone her age she's never met before, she doesn't know what to say--so she hastily invents a lost pet! Things spiral a bit out of control as a neighborhood-wide
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by Tundra Books (NY)
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David Schaafsma
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I have just read Louis Undercover, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, and loved it. Previously I had read Jane, the Fox and Me, also illustrated by Arsenault, and My Letter to the World (illustrated Emily Dickinson poems), and see what these have in common: Pencil-sketched and subtly water-colored or colored-pencilled drawings. The color for me stands out as a kind of signature.

Color is a feature of Colette's Lost Pet. A girl moves into a neighborhood, her mother says she can't have a pet, she m
5 star illustrations, we love Isabelle Arsenault's drawing, she is so talented, and the colours are great, pencil drawn with yellow and a small amount of blue. As with Jane, the Fox and Me, the expressions are very good and you can read the children's emotions.

The story was okay. A girl moves to a new neighbourhood, she is told she cannot have a pet and should go and explore. When another child asks what she is doing she pretends she has lost her pet so off they go on a quest to find it, meeting
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read the French version of this book titled L'oiseau de Colette, but whatever translation it appears in, this children's book is simply A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E !!! I'm a longtime huge fan of Isabelle Arsenault, a local Montreal illustrator who has justly acquired worldly acclaim for her signature style which is often described as poetic.

In this story, little Colette has just moved to the Mile-End neighbourhood, where there are many alleyways for kids to safely run around and congregate for playtime,
Mel Jannard
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: albums-jeunesse
Wow! Un de mes coups de coeur à date, j'ai adoré le thème de l'imagination débordante des enfants (qui me suit encore), le dessin, le traitement de la couleur.

Colette vient de déménager, à Montréal, et elle a perdu son oiseau domestique et demande timidement aux enfants de sa nouvelle ruelle de l'aider à la retrouver. De pages en pages, une nouvelle caractéristique s'ajoute pour demander aux autres s'ils ne l'auraient pas vue : c'est une perruche; elle est bleue et jaune; elle s'appelle comme ç
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Isabelle Arsenault Fans / Readers Looking for Children's Stories Featuring Imaginative Play
Unhappy that she is not allowed to have a pet, and unsure of her welcome in her new neighborhood, Colette finds herself telling a bit of a fib about a lost pet parakeet when she unexpectedly encounters two boys from next door. Immediately concerned, they offer to help her find the lost bird, and the story grows in the telling as each new neighbor child is involved in the search. What will the kids do when they discover that Colette has made her lost pet up...?

Published simultaneously in Canada a
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
So charming!
Sara Grochowski
In this newest story from Arsenault, Colette's mother pushes her outside to explore her new neighborhood. Meeting kids her age, she tells them she's looking for lost parakeet. As the group of children searching for the lost bird grows, so do Colette's imaginative descriptions of her fictional pet. Here imagination and sharing allow a newcomer to build relationships in a new and unfamiliar place.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A transportive story. I really like the band of kids who roam the neighborhood together, their own community, which reminds me of my own growing up. I think what happens here is that Colette longs for connection, and she's transported by that connection, and then she transports and connects everyone through her imagination.
Steve Holden
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was drawn to pick this up and read it by the fantastic use of color in illustrations. This is beautifully designed, and it's really a joy to just flip through. The contrast of yellow on black and white illustrations is fun and helps with the story. Colette has recently moved to a new neighborhood, and she gets a bit, well, imaginative to her new neighbors, and they all help her try to find a lost parakeet (or really?). There's a lot of fun in the adventure, and the kids are fun to follow on it ...more
Laura Harrison
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: omg-cant-wait
One of my top five favorite picture books of the year. The astonishingly good illustrator Isabelle Arsenault not only drew Colette's Lost Pet she wrote it, too. Children will find the story relatable and interesting. Book collector's and graphic design/book illustrators will devour it. I wish all picture books were of this caliber. Just wonderful.
Edward Sullivan
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A delightful story with wonderful illustrations that make great use of color.
Vikki VanSickle
Isabelle Arsenault's first foray as both author AND illustrator is about a group of kids living in Montreal's very cool Mile End neighbourhood. This first book in a projected series reads like a hip, modern Sesame Street. Colette is new in town and invents a pet in order to win over potential friends, only to have her lie take on a life of its own. Montreal's urban setting is presented in smudgy black and white with light touches of pastel colour. Told in a series of graphic novel like panels an ...more
Liz H {Redd's Reads}
This book would have been much better and more realistic if the young protagonist hadn't lied to everyone in her neighborhood about losing her pet. If it were introduced as a game or make-believe or explicitly stated, then this story would be absolutely lovely and fun to share. Instead it introduces how to build new friendships based on a lie. I guess it would be good to start a conversation about the differences between lying and using your imagination, which is why I gave it 2 stars.
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a galley proof of this title from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.

An imaginary pet takes on mythical qualities when a girl asks for help finding her pet. Beautiful artwork. Recommended.
Kris - My Novelesque Life
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I love the illustrations and the story! A must for every kid's bookshelf.

***I received an eARC from NETGALLEY***
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Colette has moved to a new neighborhood and her parents won’t let her have a pet. She angrily kicks a box over the fence and meets some new kids. Colette wants to be friends but doesn’t have any good answer for them when they ask what she is doing, so she invents a pet that she has lost, a parakeet. The children take her to meet other neighbors who can help her find her pet. One after another the children help and then Colette adds to her fib. Her pet soon has specific colors, a name, a sound it ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adorable ode à l'imagination des enfants, élégamment servie par l'incroyable trait d'Isabelle Arsenault. On notera aussi que les enfants ont des origines diverses, ce qui est toujours à noter comme la petite cerise sur le gâteau !
Vanessa Giguere
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Comme toujours, les illus d'Isabelle Arsenault sont d'une beauté incomparable. Du vrai bonbon.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Assolutamente delizioso.
Viviane Elbee
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a really fun book celebrating imagination. It feels like a mix between a picture book and a graphic novel. It seems more aimed towards older children (older preschoolers and elementary students).

The ending was a surprise.

Kids enjoyed it and smiled at the bird’s descriptions.
Irena Freitas
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
O que dizer da sempre maravilhosa Isabelle Arsenault?
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
a little white lie gets out of hand as young colette explores her new neighbourhood and meets new friends. i enjoyed this thoroughly! so many textures in the pencil/charcoal-heavy drawings.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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Having just moved into a new neighborhood, Colette is a bit anxious about exploring her new surroundings and angry that she is not allowed to have a pet. When some youngsters approach her, she makes up an increasingly complicated and unlikely story about a lost pet. The children are kindhearted and gullible, and they try hard to help her find her parakeet, and one thing leads to another, and the group that accompanies her keeps growing. By the time her parent calls her inside for dinner, she has ...more
Dianna Lin
The story was a wonderful read, at the beginning. It speaks about a girl who wanted a pet. She makes friends and then lies about looking for a lost pet, a parakeet. It was great how she meets all these people and gradually imagines up a parakeet to be used as she takes her newfound friends on a wild goose chase around the neighborhood. The message is quite clear, as it speaks about making friends and using one's imagination to its fullest. However, the ending was not so fantastic as one would ha ...more
Exquise simplicité.

Souvent, quand je termine une oeuvre illustrée ou entièrement créée par Isabelle Arsenault, mes yeux sont humides à la fin. C'est ma manière, j'imagine, de réagir face à ce talent brut qui me touche beaucoup. Cet album ne fait pas exception, je dirais même qu'avec Jane et les renards et Louis parmi les spectres, il s'agit de mon album préféré.

La simplicité de l'histoire, un moment seulement, un mensonge-histoire raconté en évolution dans le temps à la manière que savent le fai
Stephanie (ITakePicturesOfBooks)
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.
College isn't allowed to have a pet. She has just moved into a new house and is told to go explore. She meets two boys named Albert and Tom. She tells them that she has lost her pet, a parakeet. They offer to help her find it. On their quest to find Colette's pe
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, netgalley
A cute story about a little girl who moves to a new neighbourhood and is scared and nervous about meeting new friends. When Colette meets some kids in her new neighbourhood, she panics and invents a lost parakeet. The children keep suggesting new places to look and new people to ask. Colette quickly meets several new friends while discovering her neighbourhood. Her story gets bigger and bigger until it is obvious she is making it up. Her new friends accept her imaginary pet and want to learn mor ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jason Smith
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ok-books
This is a book about a little girl who is forced outside to explore her new neighborhood. She meets some people and invents an imaginary pet that everyone sets off to find. Eventually the pet's description and legend grows until maintaining the illusion has bridged into making new friends. The illustrations are all bordered by white space, and everything has a hand drawn comic quality to it; the page breaks also work well with the vocabulary in the story. The book maintains a nice pace and doesn ...more
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Isabelle Arsenault is an illustrator who studied Graphic Design at the Université du Québec à Montréal (2001). After her studies, she quickly contributed to several magazines in Canada and the United-States. In 2004, Isabelle illustrated her first children's book, for which she received the prestigious Governor General's Award for children's literature in French (illustration). Her passion for ill ...more