A Perfect Place for Ted is Leila Rudge's delightfuldebut as a picture book author and illustrator. She has worked, wonderfully, with Meg McKinlay on the fantastic No Bears and two illustrated chapter books (see below for links to my reviews.)On her own, Rudge's book exhibits a sense of humor and illustration style that reminds me of a favorite, Emily Gravett.
Ted is a "smart dog with his own sweater," who does his best to make a good impression, but he has a hard time being noticed. The other dogs in the pet store where he has lived for so long all outshine him. Ted decides to try a different tack and or two, but nothing seems to work. From circus performer to pageant contestant . . .
. . . to guard dog. But burglars don't even notice Ted.
When Ted answers a "Wanted: Furry Friend" sign, it seems like his wish has come true. A page turn reveals a great moment that makes this already charming book even better. Rudge's illustrations are superb, filled with patterns, details and muted colors that add to the charm.
Books by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge with links to my reviews:
Source: Review Copy