Caramel reviewed Isabelle Arsenault’s Albert’s Quiet Quest last week. This week he wanted to review the first book in the Mile End Kids series: Colette’s Lost Pet. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: Let us start. What do you want to tell us about this book Caramel?
Caramel: If you like birds this might be a good book for you.
S: Now you’re channeling Marshmallow! What do you mean?
C: Colette’s supposedly lost pet is a giant parakeet.
S: Wait, wait! Who is Colette? And does she have a giant parakeet?
C: Nope she doesn’t. She’s lying. To get friends.
S: Hmm, so you think she is lying to get friends? But that doesn’t sound like such a great idea…
C: I know. But she says something and then it grows into this big story about a giant parakeet. An elaborate lie.
S: That’s a big word for a little bunny Caramel! Yes, the story does get more and more elaborate as Colette meets more and more kids on the Mile End neighborhood. Right?
C: Yup. I think she just wants a pet, just like Marshmallow. And in the beginning her mom says:
“No Colette! For the last time NO PET!”
S: So Colette goes out and tries to meet the kids in her new neighborhood. And do you think the kids believe she has a giant parakeet?
C: I don’t know. The story does get a little bit too elaborate in some parts.
S: So a bit too unbelievable, right?
C: Yup. At some point she says her parakeet can surf!
S: Well, she doesn’t quite say that, but the picture she draws leads the kids to decide the bird can surf, and she doesn’t deny it. Right?
C: Yes. But the kids are having a lot of fun. I think they actually think that she has a ginormous parakeet. Or at least they want to believe that.
S: Kind of like in Albert’s Quiet Quest where Albert wants to believe he is on a beach, right?
C: Yes. These kids have big imaginations.
S: Like you, Caramel! You too dream of big strange things.
C: Yeah. Like ginormous dragons, and other mythical creatures that I dream up.
S: Yes. So how else is this book connected to the one we read last week?
C: Well, this book is not as orange and blue as the other one, but it is yellow and gray. Though there are some tiny specs of blue here and there too.
S: Yes, the pages display only a few simple colors again, right? What else?
C: Colette appears in that other book too. And Albert shows up in this one!
S: Yes, these are both stories about the kids living in a neighborhood named Mile End. Wikipedia tells us that there is a Mile End neighborhood in London and another in Montreal. The one these books are about should be the one in Montreal, because according to the back cover notes about her, the author / illustrator Isabelle Arsenault lives there.
C: But it does not really matter. These are good books anyways, no matter where they’re supposed to be. And they are about kids everywhere, playing.
S: And being imaginative and just being kids themselves.
C: Yes. And this is a good place to wrap up our review.
S: I agree. And what do you want to say now?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny adventures!