7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #536: Featuring Isabelle Arsenault

h1 May 28th, 2017 by jules


I’ve got a BookPage review of Isabelle Arsenault’s newest picture book, one she both wrote and illustrated. Colette’s Lost Pet was just released (Random House); my review is here over at BookPage; and I’m following up with some art from the book here at 7-Imp today, thanks to Isabelle.





“Until it became TOO BIG to fit in the house!”
(Click to enlarge — Note: Text appears slightly different here than in final book)




COLETTE’S LOST PET. Copyright © 2017 by Isabelle Arsenault. Published by Random House, New York. Illustrations reproduced by Isabelle Arsenault.

Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

1) School’s out for my girls.

2) Brunch with friends yesterday.

3) My daughters’ faux movie trailer:



4) Being a part of this every year makes me happy.

5) Last weekend’s children’s festival of reading in Knoxville was very fun.

6) This!

7) This hasn’t happened yet, but I’m looking forward to the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards announcements this week.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

7 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #536: Featuring Isabelle Arsenault”

  1. Good morning. I love the parakeet name: Marie Antoinette. And the color palette is perfect.
    Jules, the faux movie trailer is the best! Here’s to summer break.
    My kicks:
    1. My 5th grade student, Jamison, who sent me two poems to share on my blog.
    2. Watching a former student In The Music Man, Jr.
    3. Students.
    4. Finished Theo and Vincent….loved!
    5. How our city pulled together after that unspeakable act of terror on the MAX train on Friday.
    6. Impromptu trip to pick up wine for a friend in McMinnville Saturday.
    7. Time to write. Taking this Tuesday off for 2 days of revising.
    Have a great week.

  2. Good morning, Imps!

    Hello, Isabelle! To no one’s surprise, that black cat is my favorite part of the illustrations. I hope all of the pets find their way home.

    Jules: Two paws up for that movie trailer. I’d watch it. 😉 Love the real cat cameo!

    Jone: Wishing for peace and safety for everyone. Enjoy your writing time.

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Helping
    2) Recover
    3) Moderate
    4) Steady
    5) Sense
    6) Safe
    7) Rest

  3. Really love the style and color palette of the illustrations in Colette’s Lost Pet.

    Jules – that cat movie trailer is spectacular! Your budding filmmaker might be interested in checking out the projects at hitrecord.org they often ask for submissions or re-edits of pieces, and fun and whimsy are highly encouraged.

    Jone – Friday’s violence here in Portland was a horrible thing, but the heroes, and the community’s response to the tragedy give me hope. Enjoy the lovely weather and your writing time.

    LW – I really love all your kicks, but especially kicks 1 and 7 the best. Hope you have a restful weekend.

    My kicks:
    1) This morning’s long walk with Daisy.
    2) Morning gym time.
    3) Currently reading Lean In.
    4) Also currently reading The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.
    5) Fun Friday night bbq.
    6) Making plans to see Wonder Woman next week with a group of friends.
    7) My good luck – this time I won 2 tickets to see the band Los Colognes live at Doug Fir last Wednesday. They were good and it was a fun night.

    Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend Imps!

  4. Jone, I’ll have to look for those poems. Enjoy your time off, revising! Like Little Willow, I wish peace and safety and comfort for your city.

    Little Willow, I’m glad rest and recovery are hand in hand. I hope you weren’t ill.

    Rachel: I’ll have to look up Los Colognes’ music. And you’ll have to let us know how Wonder Woman is. I’m intrigued! Hugs to Daisy, as always.

  5. This weeks kicks-
    1. That faux movie trailer!
    2. Anything new by Arsenault, always.
    3. Salad greens and nasturtium sprouts in our new raised garden bed.
    4. The first time our surfing in months.
    5. Grilled asparagus.
    6. Macaroons and Macarones
    7. Five sunny days in a row!!

  6. Great Kicks today! Thanks for Isabelle’s new book. It looks smart and beautiful as usual.
    Thanks for the Bull-Bransom shout-out (https://www.wildlifeart.org/news/national-museum-wildlife-art-announces-2017-bull-bransom-award-winner/).
    My kicks:
    1. my daughter #1 is a college graduate!
    2. other family
    3. writing press releases
    4. publishing portfolios (finally)
    5. duck babies at the river today!
    6. Rhododendrons!

  7. Corinna, I had asparagus this week too and actually cooked it properly. Yum. …. I agree that a new Arsenault book is always a kick.

    Rob: Congrats to your daughter! I always love to see your nature sketches and photos, duck babies and rivers and all. Please keep it up.

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