by Leila Rudge
Candlewick, 2014. unpaged picture book
Ted knows that he doesn't belong at the pet store, so he decides to go out and find the perfect place for him. He tries joining the circus and entering a pet beauty contest, but nothing seems right. Finally Ted finds a little girl looking for a dog just like Ted. His new home is not quite what he expected, but it is perfect for him. Ms Rudge grew up in England, this this book has a quaint British feel to it. The watercolor and pastel illustrations include little bits of textiles to give them a tactile appearance. There is an understated strength in Ted's persistent search to make his life better.