A little dog named Ted sets out to find his perfect place, but no matter where he goes, he doesn’t stand out. Will anyone ever notice Ted?
Ted has lived among the dogs at the pet store for as long as he can remember. But there are so many dogs there, nobody ever chooses Ted. So he decides to go someplace else — someplace perfect. But Ted can’t fly through the air like the circus dogs, and he doesn’t have fancy pom-poms like the show dogs. Just as he loses hope, he sees a sign: Wanted: Perfect Pet. Little animal lovers will be tickled along with Ted at the unusual household that finally becomes his perfect place.
Leila Rudge was born in England and grew up making mud pies with her six siblings. This led her to Bath University, where she received a degree in illustration. Leila Rudge now lives in Australia.
If readers aren’t loving Ted by now, they have no heart. ... The illustrations, with their muted color scheme, nicely complement the deadpan humor of the text and are sprinkled with details that young readers may enjoy discovering. ... This humorous story with its lovable protagonist is a keeper.
Rudge finds low-key comedy in a dog’s search to be noticed. ... Gentle colors with squiggly, penciled-in details give each page tranquil charm: fancy hairstyles, flower petals, flags, and ferns fill the spreads like wallpaper patterns. It’s a quiet, small-scale story with an atmosphere that’s free of suspense.
Illustrations done in pen, ink, and collage enhance this charming story.
—School Library Journal
Joyful... Ted's predicament is analogous to that of a child who, for all his good qualities, simply does not stand out. ... Ms. Rudge's color-pencil and collage illustrations deliver Ted into an unusual household where, for once, he cannot but stand out.
—The Wall Street Journal