Red Ted and the Lost Things

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With bravery, teamwork, and lots of common sense, a forgotten bear finds his way home in this warm, wise, and very funny graphic storybook.

One day, a little bear named Red Ted is accidentally left on the seat of a train. When he winds up on a high shelf in the place for lost things, he doesn’t despair — he puts his mind to work! With the help of new friends and the use of all their senses (including a certain fondness for cheese), Ted and pals are determined to find their way ...

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Overview

With bravery, teamwork, and lots of common sense, a forgotten bear finds his way home in this warm, wise, and very funny graphic storybook.

One day, a little bear named Red Ted is accidentally left on the seat of a train. When he winds up on a high shelf in the place for lost things, he doesn’t despair — he puts his mind to work! With the help of new friends and the use of all their senses (including a certain fondness for cheese), Ted and pals are determined to find their way back to the little girl who loves and misses him. Author Michael Rosen and illustrator Joel Stewart offer a sweet graphic storybook about pluck, persistence, and the pure comfort of home.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For this story of a lost teddy bear's journey home by former British Children's laureate Rosen, Stewart (Addis Berner Bear Forgets) provides subdued but wonderfully imaginative backdrops. Left on the train, Red Ted is deposited in a lost property office so crammed with forgotten possessions that he and his new friend Crocodile are nearly lost on the shelves. As Red Ted and Crocodile search for Stevie, Red Ted's owner, Stewart draws city streets, bridges, bus stops, and downpours as cloudy gray scenery, like remembered dreams. By contrast, Red Ted, Crocodile, and Stevie (when they finally find her), appear in color and in sharp focus; they jump out from their foggy surroundings. Rosen lets Red Ted and Crocodile languish for a time (“It's no use crying. She can't hear you,” Crocodile points out), but restores them to Stevie in a gentle but triumphant finale. In an especially charming addition, Stevie proves she can hear the unspoken thoughts of the stuffed animals and a cat they have befriended. Readers will ponder the tangents and possibilities of this funny-sad story long after they put it down. Ages 3–up. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Red Ted, a small teddy bear in a turtleneck sweater, is left on a train. He ends up on a shelf in the Place for Lost Things. A stuffed crocodile next to him has been there for a long time without being claimed. The thought that his Stevie will never find him makes Red Ted cry, at first. Then he determines to get out and find her. Crocodile joins him as they go through the station and out into the city. A cat they meet smells cheese, something Stevie is fond of, and seems to know where Red Ted's home is. They follow the cat through the city, frightening away a menacing dog. Then Red Ted recognizes home, but nobody is there, and they despair. Finally, Stevie and her mother appear, complete with cheese for the hungry cat and a happy home for all but the cat, who does "as I please." There's a softness to Stewart's mixed media images, which are loaded with details, particularly in the Place. Backgrounds are in muted colors and brighter shades are reserved for the main characters. The pages are designed in graphic narrative style, with one to six framed pictures per page and speech balloons plus small boxed narratives, all evoking strong emotion. A double-wide wordless page on which the three travelers standing dejectedly at a door in the lower right corner is particularly effective. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K—A pudgy red teddy bear clad in a bulky white sweater is left on the train by his companion, a young girl named Stevie, who, according to Red Ted, "loves me as much as she loves cheese." Consigned to a shelf in the Lost and Found, he strikes up a friendship with a lumpy-looking stuffed crocodile that, sadly, has been there so long he doesn't remember who left him behind. Determined to find Stevie, Red Ted has a willing companion in Crocodile; soon the pair is joined by a self-proclaimed cheese-loving white cat that tracks a whiff of cheese to Stevie's front door. An initial disappointment when nobody is home turns into glee when Stevie and her mother (a bag of cheese in hand) appear around the corner for a happy ending for Red Ted and Crocodile. After munching the cheese, the white cat—being a cat—ambles off into the night. Rosen's quirky combination of characters is matched by Stewart's muted colors and deliberately hazy backgrounds, which nicely spotlight the stuffed animals. His use of panels, which effectively further the action, vary from one to six per page and provide a quiet but effective pace. Noteworthy is an almost all-white, one-and-a-half-page spread; the sole image (on the bottom of the recto) is the trio depicted at Stevie's door, alone and in despair. The plucky and determined Red Ted deserves a place among the many lost-toys books on library shelves.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Red Ted, accidentally left behind, is deposited in the Place for Lost Things. Determined to find the little girl who loves him, he escapes the cavernous closet of forgotten toys. A naysaying crocodile and cheese-craving cat join Ted's expedition, and together they search for friendship, family and food in this charming tale. Both text and illustrations evoke time-tested teddy-bear classics such as Corduroy, with its toy-comes-alive point of view, and Paddington and Winnie-the-Pooh, with delicately penciled characters clearly defined against subtly drawn backgrounds. Crocodile serves as Red Ted's foil, much like Pooh's Eeyore, highlighting the bear's sweet temperament and determined attitude. Stewart's dense environments, filled with texture and intricate details, create a rich world for Rosen's heroes, and his use of graphic novel-type panels offers a good introduction to sequential-image storytelling. A satisfying tale for all involved, from the adopted crocodile, satiated cat and found teddy bear to the readers who will delight in this sweet adventure. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763646240
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 988,079
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Rosen, the current British Children’s Laureate, is the award-winning anthologist and author of many books for young readers, including MICHAEL ROSEN'S SAD BOOK and WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT. He lives in London.

Joel Stewart is the illustrator of several books for children, including TALES OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN and THE ADVENTURES OF A NOSE. He lives in London.

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  • Posted July 31, 2010

    2010 Summer Reading

    My 3 and 5 year old kids love this book. It's enjoyable to read and talk about over and over again. I highly recommend getting this book for every child who has lost a toy.

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