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Colette's Lost Pet

(Mile End #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  612 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Colette can't find something to talk about with the new kids in the she invents a pet! Her fib quickly escalates, and suddenly her parakeet is a larger-than-life world-traveler named Marie Antoinette. Have her new friends figured out her secret? What will they do?

This charming story both clearly identifies the struggle of navigating a different experience
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Dave Schaafsma
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Colette has moved to a new neighborhood and is told she cannot have a pet. Despondent, she kicks an empty box. Two boys ask what she is doing? Colette tells them she lost her pet parakeet. The boys offer to help her find her pet. Colette's fib grows larger with each new child who helps her find her lost parakeet. Will they figure out Colette's fib, or will they just play along with Colette's imagination?

The illustrations are drawn in colored pencil. The text is in speech bubbles. The story flows
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
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. ...more
Steve Holden
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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. ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
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
Edward Sullivan
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Viviane Elbee
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
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.
Dec 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
This story would appeal to a young child. Most of the illustrations did not excite me, but are fitting and understandable to a child.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Colette's Lost Pet by Isabelle Arsenault, PICTURE BOOK. Random House, 2017. $18. 97805535369591



Colette has just moved into a new neighborhood, so when her mother sends her out exploring and she meets some new friends they help her look for the "pet" she said she lost. Each new friend asks a question and Colette adds a detail, soon the whole neighborhood is looking for her lost parakeet, but as the description of the bird becomes rath
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Amory Blaine
Colette accidentally/on-purpose pulls kids from her new neighborhood into a quest to find her imaginary bird. How will they react when they learn the parakeet they've been searching for doesn't exist? (view spoiler)

A spiraling story with cute, simple illustrations (more graphic novel style than picture book) and an interesting twist on the morality of childhood imagination.
Maggi Rohde
Imagination wins in this picture book of a children’s community in the city. Great for 1st or 2nd graders learning about the mystery genre, and for a discussion about honesty/truth telling.
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
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
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
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book tells the story of a little girl who moves into a new neighborhood and makes up a story about a lost pet because she's not sure how to make new friends. As Colette and her new neighbors go about searching for a lost parakeet, her story grows more and more sensational. I'm not sure that I would want to use this book in a classroom with young children because the girl's basis for the start of her friendship is a lie. The children in her new neighborhood are friendly and she makes up a st ...more
Jason Smith
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Erin Buhr
I had mixed feelings about the premise of this book.

A little girl is new to a neighborhood and really wants a pet. She ends up telling a small lie to a couple of boys that she meets and that spirals into a neighborhood-wide hunt for her missing pet that doesn't really exist.

I love the illustrations. I love the imagination. I love the diversity of characters. There is a lot to love.

However, as a parent of kids who are trying to understand the importance of honesty right now and a parent of kid
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Isabelle Arsenault is a French-Canadian artist and illustrator. Born in Sept-Iles, Quebec in 1978, she 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 child ...more

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