Books by Isabelle Arsenault

THE HONEYBEE by Kirsten Hall
Released: May 8, 2018

"Readers (and listeners) will think that this book is the bee's knees. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Children will be buzzing to learn more about honeybees after reading this story. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An unflinching, delicate portrait of a boy and his broken family. (Graphic novel. 10-14)"
As his family falls apart, a young teen boy struggles to approach the girl he admires from afar. Read full book review >
COLETTE'S LOST PET by Isabelle Arsenault
Released: May 23, 2017

"Arsenault's story has the feel of a campfire song, increasingly fun and outrageous until the joyful end and its promise of new friendships. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Colette's family moves to Montreal's Mile End, and her mother tells her, "For the last time, NO PET," before shooing her outside to explore the neighborhood. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2016

"This lyrical picture book will draw readers under its soft wing, lulling children with its velveteen artwork and assured affirmations of each creature's special nook in such a spectacularly varied world. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A narrator whispers sweet assurances of belonging in the ear of a beloved, invoking animals' analogous habitats and hollows to bring the comforting ascriptions powerfully home. Read full book review >
CLOTH LULLABY by Amy Novesky
Released: May 1, 2016

"Splendid visual and verbal introduction to little-known artist Louise Bourgeois. (author's note; photos, sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
This biography of 20th-century French artist Louise Bourgeois explores childhood experiences influencing her work. Read full book review >
ALPHA by Isabelle Arsenault
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"For kids who may have heard the letters used in movies or on TV, learning this code alphabet could turn into a game; otherwise this is more an art book for adults than an alphabet book for children. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
Themed alphabet books are a dime a dozen, but this distinguishes itself by illustrating the NATO phonetic alphabet, officially named the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet. Read full book review >
JANE, THE FOX, AND ME by Fanny Britt
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A sensitive and possibly reassuring take on a psychological vulnerability that is all too common and not easily defended. (Graphic novel. 10-13)"
Lonely young Hélène begins to get out from under her body-image issue with help from a new friend—and Jane Eyre. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"A beautiful, lyrical celebration of northern light and night. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"Once upon a northern night / while you lay sleeping, / wrapped in a downy blanket, / I painted you a picture." Read full book review >
THAT NIGHT'S TRAIN by Ahmad Akbarpour
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Short and simply told, but hard to follow and likely to have less meaning to children than to reflective older readers with authorial ambitions of their own. (Fiction. 12-14, adult)"
A writer's broken promise to a motherless child frames ruminations on story crafting and the sometimes conflicting imperatives of life and art. Read full book review >
VIRGINIA WOLF by Kyo Maclear
Released: March 1, 2012

"Knowledge of Virginia Woolf and her painter-sister Vanessa Bell is unnecessary; this works beautifully as a bad-day/bad-mood or animal-transformation tale, while readers who know actual depression will find it handled with tenderly forceful aplomb. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In the literary bounty of books about bad moods and bad days, this one goes deeper than most, poignantly showing literal and metaphorical glimpses of real depression. Read full book review >
MIGRANT by Maxine Trottier
Released: March 1, 2011

"The designer merits a rap on the knuckles for hiding part of the author's explanatory afterword beneath a jacket flap, but on the whole is a moving, inventive and thoughtful look at a way of life many people share. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Trottier frames the outlook of a child in a family of migrant workers within a series of metaphors and similes. Read full book review >
SPORK by Kyo Maclear
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A sublime little parable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children of mixed marriages are about to find an unlikely ally in their cutlery drawers. Read full book review >
MY LETTER TO THE WORLD by Emily Dickinson
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Teen Dickinson fans will enjoy this volume, but it is unlikely to make her poetry truly accessible to novices. (Poetry. 12 & up)"
This slender volume offers seven of Dickinson's haunting, ethereal and sometimes morbid poems, accompanied by Arsenault's appropriately delicate, intriguing mixed-media illustrations. Read full book review >