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

Download our activity kit here.

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


You’re Invited to the Launch of The Pirate’s Bed


Set sail with us and author Nicola Winstanley and illustrator Matt James at the launch of The Pirate’s Bed!

Date: Sunday, March 29th, 2015
Time: 2:00pm-4:oopm
Place: Another Story Book Shop
Address: 315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-462-1104

Praise for The Pirate’s Bed:

“What sets The Pirate’s Bed apart from other tales of its ilk is the main character – the bed itself…Winstanley crafts the mood of this bed-time story through careful word choice. At times she evokes the feeling of being lulled to sleep – prominent ‘l’ sounds resonate and the rhythm of verbs..mimic the rocking boat…Matt James’s acrylic paint and India ink illustrations playfully and artfully reflect Winstanley’s text…James also has an impressive ability to convey the emotional journey of the secret-laden bed, especially through its bedpost eyes. This unique viewpoint, both in narrative and art, makes The Pirate’s Bed charming and memorable.” – Quill & Quire

You’re Invited to the Launch of Best Friends through Eternity

best friends through eternity

Please join author Sylvia McNicoll for the launch of her new novel, Best Friends through Eternity.

Date: Sunday, February 15, 2015
Time: 2:00pm-4:oopm
Place: A Different Drummer Books
Address: 513 Locust Street, Burlington, ON
Telephone: 905-639-0925

You can also call or email ( to reserve your autographed copy!

Praise for Best Friends through Eternity:
“Sylvia McNicoll takes a typical drama centred around the old standby theme of the kid who doesn’t fit in and turns it into something more interesting…. McNicoll’s story addresses a slew of important issues – including racism, self-perception, intergenerational culture clashes, bullying, and selflessness – via an engaging, multilayered plot that will give readers much to ponder. It is also refreshing to see characters from diverse cultures presented realistically, something that is still sorely lacking from most children’s fiction.” Quill & Quire

Invitation to the Little Chicken Duck Book Launch

Please join Tim Beiser and Bill Slavin in celebrating the launch of their newest book, Little Chicken Duck.

When: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Where: Type Books
Address: 883 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1G3

Little Chicken DuckLittle Chicken Duck
Written by Tim Beiser
Illustrated by Bill Slavin
Hardcover | 24 Pages | Ages 3-7
ISBN: 978-1-77049-392-6
And so begins the charming story of Little Chicken Duck, whose fear of water prevents her from learning to swim. Taken under Froggie’s wing, she is brought into the forest clearing, where each of the birds, in turn, confesses their deepest fear and how they came to terms with it. This heartwarming tale in rhyme is lovingly illustrated by the playful, enchanting illustrations by artist Bill Slavin.

Launch of: Checkers and Dot

On Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 2:00-4:00 pm at Little Island Comics, we celebrated the launch of Checkers and Dot with creators J. Torres and J. Lum!

If you’re not familiar, the Checkers and Dot series are black-and-white board books that present high-contrast patterns and rhyming text for toddlers. For the launch, we asked guests to come dressed in black-and-white. We even had a photo booth – and now the photos are available for download. Here are the easy steps:

step11. Click on the following link to go to Tundra’s flickr photostream:
2. Look for your photo! You can do a quick search too.

step23. Click on your photo.
4. Click on the ACTION drop-down menu.
5. Click on VIEW ALL SIZES (highlighted in blue in the image above).

step36. On this page, you can choose a download size for your photo. We recommend the larger sizes!

step47. Click on the DOWNLOAD THE ___ ___ SIZE OF THIS PHOTO link (highlighted in blue in the image above). Or you can right-click on the photo and click SAVE IMAGE AS…

step58. A box will pop up, choose SAVE FILE.
9. Click OK.
10. Share with your family and friends. 🙂

Invitation to the Miss Mousie’s Blind Date Book Launch

Join author Tim Beiser and artist Rachel Berman for the launch of their much anticipated title, Miss Mousie’s Blind Date.

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Time: 2:00pm-4:oopm
Place: Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto, ON

Praise for Miss Mousie’s Blind Date:

“Spring fever strikes even the rodents. And who knows where the heart leads? … Beiser’s sprightly text has warmth, heart, and a valuable lesson. Berman’s pictures, in watercolor and gouache on rag, suggest Beatrix Potter, ably matching the crisp elegance of the story. Wonderful.” – Starred Review from Kirkus Reviews

Guest Post: Ron Lightburn

On Monday, June 11, StoryWalk launched at Jubilee Park in Bridgetown! Ron Lightburn, the illustrator of Juba This, Juba That by Helaine Becker, went to celebrate:

Ron Lightburn: Juba this, Juba that, Juba spies a yellow cat…

Juba is just waking up. Can you stretch your arms high over your head, all the way to the next sign?

Can you reach high up to the sky, then crouch into a ball, then reach high up to the sky, then crouch into a ball, all the way to the next sign?

Everybody crouch all the way to the next sign!

Everybody run in big zig-zags all the way to the next sign!

Hooray for Angela Reynolds of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library! Thank you for making a StoryWalk in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia!

Don’t forget to check out this interview about Ron Lightburn, he goes into more details about StoryWalk too!