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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play

Some Things I've Lost

illustrated by Cybèle Young

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2015
Imagination & Play
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 12
  • Grade: 1 to 7


A wallet, a set of keys, a pair of glasses — these are some of the household objects that disappear and are fantastically reconstituted in Cybèle Young’s inventive new picture book. Minimal text conveys the magic of a world where even inanimate objects are constantly undergoing a process of growth, transformation and change.

An introduction describing the frustration we feel when we lose something is followed by a catalogue of misplaced objects. Each item is shown first in its original form and then, through a gatefold spread, is shown in the process of transforming into a marvelous and mysterious sea creature. At the very end of the book, we see these transformed objects in their new, watery habitat, a conclusion which will leave readers astonished by the distance they — like the lost objects themselves — have travelled.

Some Things I’ve Lost invites readers to consider the inevitability of change and the power of the imagination. On finishing the book, children and adults alike will look more closely at everything they have previously taken for granted.

About the author

Cybèle Young is an award-winning artist who exhibits her exquisite paper sculpture (Japanese paper printed with etched copperplates) internationally. She has illustrated several books for children, including Pa’s Harvest by Jan Andrews, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) and Jack Pine by Christopher Patton. She has recently written and illustrated A Few Blocks, a Kirkus Best Children’s Book and winner of the Alcuin Award; Ten Birds, winner of the Governor General’s Award (Illustration); and A Few Bites, which received starred reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and was named an OLA Best Bet. Cybèle lives with her family in Toronto./p

Cybèle Young's profile page


  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Commended, Boston Globe Best Books of 2015 for Kids
  • Commended, National Post Best Books of the Year

Editorial Reviews

A phenomenal exercise in visual storytelling.

National Post

The nature of art, the nature of transformation, and where all those lost items go are spun into the gold of philosophy and puckishness. . . . Universally mesmerizing.


Page after page Young takes something small and ordinary and transforms it, expanding the possibilities of the everyday.

Boston Globe

Imaginative, arresting, and superbly executed.


Humorous, haunting, and just a touch creepy, it’s a singular vision of the possibilities hidden in the everyday.

Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

In a perfect world, all children would be exposed to beautiful bookmaking like this.

School Library Journal

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