Red Ted and the Lost Things by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Joel Stewart
This is a picture book graphic novel. It is best described as sweet and quiet, two words that are rarely associated with graphic novels! Red Ted has been lost on the train by Stevie who loves him as much as she loves cheese. He is put on the lost and found shelf next to a green crocodile who has been there so long he can’t remember who lost him. Red Ted doesn’t want that to happen to him, so he decides to escape. The crocodile goes with him, jumping off the shelf and following the signs out of the station. Once outside, they meet a cat who smells the cheese on Red Ted and then helps him find his way to Stevie by following the smell of cheese.
The adventures they have on the way are not frightening, focusing on things like rain and dogs. This book has a quiet story that combines an old-fashioned feel with a modern format. It is a very good first graphic novel for young children who will enjoy the speech bubbles and the frames that they see in older siblings’ books. Rosen tells a complete and charming story in just a few words and snatches of conversation. Stewart’s art works really well here with the bright and bold colors of the main characters contrasting with the gray tones of the backgrounds.
A graphic novel for the preschool set, this book has a charm about it that will find it happy owners. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from library copy.