Walker Books Australia (2013)
Hardcover, 32 p.
Reviewed by Elinor Couper
Ted is Leila Rudge’s first solo picture book. It is a beautiful story about a little dog who is smart, has his own knitted green jumper and is always trying to make a good impression. Unfortunately he has been at the pet shop for as long as he can remember. Ted realises that as nobody ever notices him, he must belong elsewhere. He sets off to find his rightful place in the world and his adventures begin.
Ted joins the circus, enters a pet pageant, and takes a job as a guard dog, but still nobody notices him not even a burglar. He becomes very dejected and decides to head back to the pet shop but something catches his eye. When he least expects it, Ted get noticed! Leila Rudge notes in an interview, “ His perfect ending isn’t quite what he was expecting with a surprise twist in the tail… Ooops, I meant tale.”
Sometimes finding your place in the world takes perseverance and tenacity, particularly in the face of rejection.
Ted, the little dog who is the subject of the story, graces the front cover in various poses wearing his little green jumper and will captivate children before they even open the book. The illustrations are both cute and funny, with lots of quirky details that children will want point out.
Ted is a superb picture book by a very talented author/illustrator.