Poor Perdu is all alone as he journeys from the countryside to the city in search of a home. The city is a big place when you are very small, but is it possible that someone is searching for a friend like Perdu?
In his debut as both author and illustrator, Richard Jones delivers a warmhearted and poignant story about loneliness, kindness, friendship, and finding a forever family. Classically gorgeous illustrations will have readers returning to its pages again and again.
The text is simple and short, which makes this an excellent choice for a book that must be read multiple times. There are some tense bits, with Perdu being scared and barking and snarling, but this is followed immediately by the little girl finding him.
While not a terribly unusual story, it's always heartwarming to read about someone who finally finds a place in the world. Readers who enjoy heartwarming books about dogs such as Cecil's Lucy, Bauer's Little Dog Lost, or Colfer's The Dog Who Lost His Bark will enjoy this sweet tale of a small dog alone in a big world.
What I loved: The book is an interesting story about a dog's search for home, with an emphasis on feelings. Along these lines, the illustrations and their colors portray these feelings well. The ending is ultimately hopeful with Perdu finding a place to call home. The illustrations are really lovely throughout, capturing not only the story but also the emotions of Perdu along his journey. There is also an extra fun capture in that the girl appears earlier in the book, seeing Perdu as he travels the city, and giving a pleasant slant of a soon-to-be-friend throughout.
What left me wanting more: The book is a bit grim and subdued throughout, and some parts may be too much for sensitive readers who will not like the insults (eg, the people saying "horrible dog" to Perdu) and the fear, hunger, and anxiety that Perdu faces. However, with the positive ending, this may not trouble some readers.
Final verdict: A story with a hopeful ending, PERDU tells the tale of a dog's search for home. Lovely illustrations add to the appeal of this story.