Perhaps a little of both. Colette might be wanting a pet. A LOT. Other neighborhood kids seem to be looking for something to do. Clearly they don’t have 24/7 access to electronics, because so many of them are playing outside. Before you know it, they rally to look for the pet, not even seeming especially bothered by the Colette’s announcement later on that her pet bird became so large it wouldn’t fit in the house anymore.
It might be an interesting book to read with a child who has a flimsy grasp on honesty. How would they react to Colette’s story? Or you might just like to read it for its whimsical and imaginative journey through an afternoon with some neighborhood kids. It’s a sweet read either way.
Colette’s Lost Pet by Isabelle Arsenault