Red Ted and the Lost Things

by Michael Rosen and Joel Stewart

Designed in graphic novel format, the familiar story of a misplaced toy seeking its... read more

Designed in graphic novel format, the familiar story of a misplaced toy seeking its home gains a fresh feel from clever dialogue and striking illustrations. When Red Ted is left behind on a train, he meets a long-lost stuffed dinosaur, and the two toys develop an escape plan from the station’s cavernous lost-and-found room. Wandering through the city streets, they encounter a white cat who offers to help Ted find his home, secretly motivated by the strong smell of cheese that lingers on the toy bear’s fur (his owner is a cheese lover). The trio perseveres through a sudden downpour and a hostile encounter with a dog. The cat’s olfactory powers lead them to Ted’s house, where his delighted young owner offers the newcomers a home as well. Repetition and humor culminate in a highly satisfying resolution, and the mixed media illustrations provide visual focus on the colorful traveling trio and their owner set against sepia-toned backgrounds. (Ages 3–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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