You’re Invited to the Launch of Colette’s Lost Pet

Launch Invitation

Please join Tundra Books in welcoming Isabelle Arsenault to Toronto for the launch of Colette’s Lost Pet.

When: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Type Books
Address: 883 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-366-8973

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Colette's Lost PetColette’s Lost Pet
By Isabelle Arsenault
Publication Date: May 23, 2017
Hardcover | 48 Pages | Ages 4 to 8
ISBN 9781101917596

“Arsenault crafts a story rooted in themes of understanding, empathy, and the way imagination can be used to silently conspire and inspire.” – Starred review, Quill & Quire

“Arsenault’s beautiful, smudgy, scratchy scenes, rendered in soft grays with pops of bright yellow and pale blue, feature big-eyed, adorable kids earnestly searching for the imaginary bird, which is rendered relatively realistically, even as it grows to gargantuan proportions in Colette’s story. With a graphic-novel-like format, arresting artwork, and a story that will ring true to many little kids with big imaginations of their own, this warm, funny picture book hits all the right notes.” – Starred review, Booklist

“It’s impossible not to love little Colette in her bright yellow hooded jacket…. Arsenault manages to make sure everyone in Colette’s Lost Pet lives happily ever after, while also reminding readers that when it comes to sharing imaginary worlds, it’s more fun when everyone plays along.” – Montreal Review of Books

“Arsenault’s story has the feel of a campfire song, increasingly fun and outrageous until the joyful end and its promise of new friendships.” – Kirkus Reviews

“It’s not Colette’s behavior that Arsenault holds up as exemplary, but that of her new friends. They welcome Colette and don’t shame her for making up stories that they understand come from nervousness. Most fibbing stories end with an abashed moment of coming clean; this one ends with a request for more make-believe.” – Publishers Weekly

“This charming tale demonstrates to kids a lovely and welcoming way to treat someone new in their community.” – City Parent

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Shortlist for the 2009 QWF Prize for Children’s & Young Adult Literature

The Quebec Writers’ Federation announced their finalists for the 2009 QWF Awards. The winners of the 2009 QWF Awards will be announced at the QWF Awards Gala on Tuesday November 17th, 2009 at the Lion D’Or, Montreal.

Tundra would like to congratulate Jane Barclay for being a finalist in the QWF Prize for Children’s & Young Adult Literature!

Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a LionProud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion
Written by Jane Barclay
Illustrated by Renné Benoit
ISBN 978-0-88776-951-1
Much has been written about war and remembrance, but very little of it has been for young children. As questions come from a young grandchild, his grandpa talks about how, as a very young man, he was as proud as a peacock in uniform, busy as a beaver on his Atlantic crossing, and brave as a lion charging into battle. Soon, the old man’s room is filled with an imaginary menagerie as the child thinks about different aspects of wartime. But as he pins medals on his grandpa’s blazer and receives his own red poppy in return, the mood becomes more somber. Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion has relevance to a growing number of families, as new waves of soldiers leave home.

“Small photos in sepia shades evoke the past in images… the lively animal images in the words are also part of the pictures. …The blend of grim reality, heroic battle, and playful fantasy will speak to kids.” – Booklist

inviteJane Barclay will be celebrating the launch of Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion on Thursday, October 29, 2009. Please join her at Babar Books (46 rue Ste-Anne #6, Pointe-Claire, QC H9S 4P8) from 6:00 to 8:00pm.