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Colette's Lost Pet

by Isabelle Arsenault

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I received this book for free from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers. The style of the graphics were nice with minimal color and a sketching style. It was easy to follow along and read which isn't always the case with comic style writing and speech bubbles. I liked how each child that was encountered tried to problem solve to help find the missing pet.

The story was entertaining and had me hooked until Colette started to create unrealistic lies near the end of the story, about the size of her missing pet. At that point, the story fell apart for me. I did like how the neighborhood children still wanted to spend time with her after lying to them but I can't tell if they believed her story or if they simply enjoyed her imagination. ( )
  boredness | Jun 20, 2017 |
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Taking time off from the 700 page historical fiction novel that I have almost finished,I read this wonderful Early Reviewers children's story. I had previously read another book by the author that also had a theme of how children can cope with loneliness. Colette is a young girl who has just moved into a new neighbourhood. Her parents won't let her have a pet. The reader sees Colette wandering around her new street. She meets two boys. They ask her what she is doing and Colette replies that she is looking for her lost pet. After the boys question her about this pet. Colette describes a very big parakeet with the name of Marie-Antoinette. The boys take Colette to meet a number of other children in the area as they try to figure out where the parakeet could be. Each child has a different idea for the hunt and Colette meets everyone who lives in her neighbourhood. The illustrations by the author are sketches in black, white and grey. Colette wears a bright yellow coat and when she describes the parakeet -it is drawn in blue and yellow. How Colette resolves the story is actually very charming. The story shows how imagination and compassion can help children create new friendships. ( )
  torontoc | Jun 14, 2017 |
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I'm feeling lukewarm at best toward this book, which others have described as charming. Colette, feeling out of sorts and new in the neighborhood, accidently invents a lost pet and inadvertently engages the children in the area in a search for the mythical missing budgie. Colette's fib gets out of hand, as many fibs do, but in the process she makes friends and discovers the neighborhood. My reservation comes from the fact that the lie is never confronted, leaving the ending unfinished and unresolved. ( )
  gilbertine | Jun 12, 2017 |
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 and the USA, Colette's Lost Pet is a sweet little book, one that addresses issues of isolation and inclusion, when moving to a new neighborhood, as well as the role of the imagination in make-believe play. I thought that the conclusion of the tale, in which Colette's new friends assume that they have been playing a game all along, was rather fortuitous, but leaving that aside, the story here rang true. The artwork, done in pencil, watercolor and ink, is charming, with Colette's yellow rain coat providing one of the few notes of color, and thereby making her the center of each panel. Recommended to fellow Isabel Arsenault fans, and to anyone looking for children's stories addressing the themes of fitting in with a new social circle, and using the imagination in one's play. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | May 23, 2017 |
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Colette can't find something to talk about with the new kids in the neighborhood...so 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, and demonstrates to kids a lovely and welcoming way to treat someone new in their community.

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