Perdu

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Perdu
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
April 01, 2021
ISBN
978-1682632482
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A beautiful, moving story of a lost dog searching for a family and a home. From the illustrator of The Snow Lion and Paper Planes.

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.

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Little Dog Lost
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4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Perdu lives all alone in the countryside, the only hint of hope in his dreary life a red scarf around his neck. Following a floating leaf to see where it belongs leads him closer and closer to the city. Once there, he catches the attention of a small girl who shows up in many of the scenes, but in general, is ill treated. There are too many people and too much hustle and bustle, and when he desperately tries to get food in a cafe by pulling on the tablecloth, he is chased, yelled at, and loses his scarf. In a park, the little girl approaches him with his lost scarf, puts it on him, and takes him home to stay with her.
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The illustrations are executed in a soft, that reminded me of one of my favorite 1960s Whitman Tell-s-Tale books, Fiedler'sMy Very Special Day. The backgrounds are softly colored and impressionistic, so small, brown Perdu, as well as the little girl, stand out. The colors include a lot of muted turquoise, brown, and ochre, with the warmer colors being used when Perdu is in trouble.

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.
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picture book about finding home
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
PERDU is an ultimately hopeful picture book about a dog's search for home. Perdu is a lost dog without a home and all alone. He wanders into town to try to find a place he can fit, but he is rejected at every turn and told to get out and go away. After a scary mishap at a cafe, he snarls, growls, and barks and runs away so fast that he loses his scarf. That is when a young girl finds him and ultimately provides a home.

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.
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