Expected publication: May 23rd 2017
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
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 search party is assembled and Colette makes her pet bird more amazing with each telling. Will the neighborhood kids catch on to her ever-growing fib?
This charming story both clearly identifies the struggle of navigating a different experience and demonstrates to kids a lovely and welcoming way to treat someone new in their community.
As Colette explores her new neighborhood and spins increasingly tall tales about a hastily invented pet bird, readers see how Isabelle gains a more appreciative audience and concurrently, more confidence with each new person determined to help her find her missing pet. Though she eventually spins her stories into pure tall tale territory, the fact that Isabelle's new audience still ends up appreciating her tales, is a lovely reminder to young readers on the value of the young imagination, and how sometimes, we can get what we want, as long as we make it a point of putting ourselves out there.
With lovely illustrations using pencil, watercolor, and ink, this is a charming tale that will benefit both readers young and old.
About the author:
ISABELLE ARSENAULT studied Graphic Design at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She has won the prestigious Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature three times, along with many other awards and distinctions. Two of her picture books were named as New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. She lives and works in Montreal.