BLOG TOUR: Just Being Ted by Lisa Sheehan

Released in May 2021, Just Being Ted by Lisa Sheehan follows Ted the dragon who lives all alone in a big house, deep in the woods. He LOVES making things, spending his days baking cakes, painting pictures and creating costumes. There’s just one problem: he doesn’t have anyone to share his amazing creations with. Ted tries so hard to make friends with the other animals, but there’s something about his fiery breath and fearsome-looking claws that keeps putting them off. One day Ted notices a sign for a summer picnic party in the forest. The only trouble is that it’s for BEARS ONLY. Perhaps if he dresses up as a bear for the day they’ll let him in and he’ll make lots of new friends. What could possibly go wrong?

Rating:

Today is my stop on the blog tour for this book. Thank you to Love Books Tours and Tiny Tree Books for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Just Being Ted is a fun and colourful story about the importance of being yourself and accepting others for who they are. The woodland aesthetic and colour palette are beautiful. Most of all, it gives a wonderful message of not letting appearances get in the way of your judgement of somebody else, as well as the importance of kindness to others.

Not only is it a tale of inclusivity regarding appearances, but it’s also about understanding that not everybody has the same interests or hobbies but that there are many other things that people can have in common with each other. Because of this, Just Being Ted is the perfect book to be reading my four-year-old at the minute as we are getting ready for him to start going to primary school. It has helped us to open up a discussion around all of the new friends that he will be able to make and to help him understand that not everybody will like the same things that he does.

Useful for parents and teachers alike, there’s a lot to take away from this book, and it’s definitely going to be one that we return to frequently.

Details:

Just Being Ted by Lisa Sheehan
Release Date: 13th May 2021
Print Length: 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publisher: Buster Books

Buy on: Amazon

Synopsis:

Ted the dragon lives all alone in a big house, deep in the woods. He LOVES making things, spending his days baking cakes, painting pictures and creating costumes. There’s just one problem: he doesn’t have anyone to share his amazing creations with. Ted tries so hard to make friends with the other animals, but there’s something about his fiery breath and fearsome-looking claws that keeps putting them off. One day Ted notices a sign for a summer picnic party in the forest. The only trouble is that it’s for BEARS ONLY. Perhaps if he dresses up as a bear for the day they’ll let him in and he’ll make lots of new friends. What could possibly go wrong? Just Being Ted is a sweet, heart-warming story about the importance of being yourself and being accepted for who you are.

About The Author:

Lisa Sheehan is an illustrator, graphic designer and all-round image-maker. Graduating from Kingston University with a degree in graphic design, Lisa went on to become an art director for the Financial Times, before embarking on the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Since graduating she has illustrated two picture books: The Find It Book by Margaret Wise Brown, which was shortlisted for the AOI awards, and Lionel and the Lion’s Share with Lou Peacock. Just Being Ted is the first title Lisa has both written and illustrated. The idea came from a teddy bears’ picnic at her daughter’s school, at which only teddy bears were allowed. Lisa thought this was very unfair on any other stuffed animals that wanted to attend, too, and the idea for Ted was born.

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