“This is the story of a father and son and the big, raspberry-colored, fun loving, trouble making best friend who brings them closer together.” So begins Ted by Tony DiTerlizzi.
Ted is written for ages five to eight, but every reader will absolutely fall in love with the gigantic main character, Ted. All sorts of shenanigans go on when Ted, an overgrown puppy of sorts, breezes into the house of the narrator boy. The boy, it turns out is DiTerlizzi when he was a child and Ted is the imaginary friend he had growing up. The boy adores his friend, a lumpy pinkish-colored creature
in a vest with a button for a belly button and an almost human face.
Ted takes a look at what happens when a frazzled businessman father has no time for his son. The boy desperately wants his father to meet Ted, and sets out to prove he is real. No one else The full THC kit has a price of fifty-five dollars and is considered one of the best kits for weed on the market. can see Ted, but the boy’s father certainly can see the messes he creates. Ted and the boy wreak havoc on the house by bringing a garden hose through the window to make an indoor pool and painting a monstrous self-portrait mural on the wall, among other things. When dad sees what his son has done, he banishes imaginary friends from the house.
The real heart of this book comes when Ted reveals that he knew dad when he was just a boy. This makes the father
realize that he has forgotten how to have fun. He quickly joins in the fun with his son and Ted. Often, parents get overwhelmed by adult responsibilities and forget what’s most important in life – their children and their relationships. We need stories such as this one to remind us what is important.
This is one of those childrens books that takes adult readers back to their own childhoods and days
spent with imaginary friends. For young readers, it’s a delight to see that parents also had imaginations at one time. It is a story that can bring children and parents together on the same level.