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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  308 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
This is the story of a father and a son and the big, raspberry-colored, fun-loving, troublemaking best friend who brings them closer together.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 2001)
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Lisa Vegan
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kids who have imaginary friends & adults who need a reminder re being a kid
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
This story is so adorably cute.

It is funny and has a sort of sad feel too. It’s seems to be about an only child, a boy, and perhaps his single father. At least they are the only two family members who make an appearance. And the father has given games to his son for his birthday but he has nobody to play them with, which I found poignant.

But the child meets Ted, who becomes a friend, a friend his father says is an imaginary friend, mentioning in passing that he once had an imaginary friend too
Jess Quimby
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: someday-books
Ted by Tony DiTerlizzi Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in 2004. The book is 40 pages long and the genre is fiction. This book best accommodates students age 5 to 8, in Prekindergarten to 3rd grade. The lexile level is 230 and the guided reading level is L.
Ted is about a boy who is quite lonely because his dad is always working and impossible to play with. His birthday had just happened and it went by so fast that nothing exciting happened. Finally the boy gets a visit from a certai
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great story for dads to read to their children! Wonderful illustrations!
An odd little book, but I always love the look of DITerlizzi's creatures.
Jennifer Stanbro
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In Ted, a lonely and bored boy is visited by an extremely large, flop-eared, bubblegum-pink creature in search of raspberries. Despite his uncanny entrance and unusual appearance, the boy lets him in:

"He looked harmless enough. . ."

The boy is particularly upset that his father never has time for him. But Ted is eager to play and coaxes the boy into playing all sorts of new games.

At first, is father seems
Madie Marie
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture
Picture book number 17- This books starts with a little boy eating cereal when A big pink imaginary friend named Ted shows up for the little boys birthday. The little boy explains that his birthday was a week ago but Ted still wants to play and eat raspberries so they eat raspberry cereal and play monopoly twister. The little boy tells his father about Ted and his father tells him not to get into any trouble. A few days later the little boy's father wants to take him to a movie but Ted says he m ...more
(NS)Jennifer Reiner
This is an adorable story about the friendship between a boy and his imaginary friend, Ted. Ted arrives one morning on the boy's birthday and he is so happy to find someone who will play and do all sorts of things with him-things his dad doesn't have time to do with him anymore. The boy and Ted get into an abundance of trouble, coloring the walls, making a swimming pool in the house, shaving and getting a haircut. One day the dad has enough and tells the boy to tell Ted to never come back. The b ...more
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebook
An imaginary friend turns up thinking it’s Ted’s birthday. They play together and get into all sorts of mischief. (Drawing on walls, flooding the house.) Dad is really angry. (There’s no mother in the story.) The imaginary friend takes off to the park, Ted joins him. At the park, the monster says that he used to play with the father, before he got so busy and boring. (The underlying message is that adults have no time for children these days -- a common ideology in picture books in which the chi ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun story about an imaginary friend that gets a little boy in a pack of trouble with his dad. The ending is very sweet and the book really reminds me of the old 90s flick, Drop Dead Fred starring Phoebe Cates and Rik Mayall. It was such an odd story, but I really liked it.

The illustrations in this book are sweet and very humorous and each part or "chapter" of the story shows another example of how Ted gets the little boy deeper and deeper into trouble. This book was read to us at a li
Samantha Gacke
An imaginary friend seems to just be causing trouble, but is actually bringing a father and son together.

The pictures in Ted look very realistic, well except for the big pink imaginary friend. It almost seems like the pictures were based on actual photographs, because they are very practical. The little boy and his dad look like they were taken from the 50’s and the objects also go along with that time frame. The TV, phone, slide and the furniture look like they belong in an antique store. The t
Steven R. McEvoy
This book is like a cross between Dr. Seuss and Robert Munsch. A little boy has a strange friend arrive a week after his birthday, this friend named Ted knows how to have fun and shows the young boy a good time. But every time they try something different the young buy gets in trouble. Soon the boy is being yelled at by his father saying that he is not allowed to play with Ted anymore. If Dad was not always busy maybe he could play with the boy. This was a wonderful book, and it will remind pare ...more
I love stories about imaginary friend. I think they are wonderful because I have not met one child who hasn't had an imaginary friend or person in their life. I love that the imaginary friend is not just a person, it is actually something that a child has made up all on their own. This things makes them happy and keeps them satisfied for as long as they need to until they feel comfortable. It is also a really good book to helps parents relate to their kids when they are going through a time like ...more
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been trying to find a copy of this picture book for years and was so excited when I finally found it at my local library! It was as good as I thought it would be, i.e. a zany and funny picture book done by the fabulously talented author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi. Ted is the pinkish-purply imaginary friend of a young boy, and they get up to some pretty crazy adventures, which the boy's dad does not appreciate. That is until the boy realizes that Ted knows his dad (was in fact his ima ...more
Sam Grace
This is the story of a boy's imaginary friend and the trouble he gets said boy into with his father. The illustrations are fun and beautiful, the plot made me tear up with happiness (just a little) at the end. It's told with a few short 2-3 page (big children's book writing) sections, so depending on how much energy you have come bedtime you could tackle the whole thing (totally doable) or split it up. My man likes it because it's also about the father - there's not so many books where the fathe ...more
Karyn The Pirate
Ted is a pink, raspberry loving, game playing creature who might or might not be real. But he is real enough to the little boy he befriends. They play Monopoly Twister and have fun with everything they do. Too bad the boy's father does not believe in "imaginary" friends. Or does he?
I loved this book. It is short and simply but strikes right at your heart. You quickly get the just of the story - a little boy greatly in need of some fun and a friend and whose father is too distant for either.
Jun 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
A week after his birthday, a lonely little boy makes a new (and his father insists is imaginary) friend, Ted. Ted has lots of great ideas, but they seem to keep getting the little boy into trouble. After his father tells him he's not allow to see Ted anymore, the little boy runs away to live with Ted, where he learns that his father had an imaginary friend as a boy named Ned (sound familiar?) The mention of Ned and a long lost toy helps his father to remember what it was like to be a young boy i ...more
I like this book, because I think the message is really applicable for adults--especially parents. I learned it often in my "Proclamation" class in child: "It's NOT quality time, it's QUANTITY time." I think this story illustrates that in a humorous, fun way. Not sure how well children will connect with the message at the end, but I think they'd enjoy the story overall. Worth a try in storytime. Should get a couple of laughs.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have a special place in my heart for Tony Di'Terlizzi. I absolutely adore his art. My family has grown with this author, and have read his books for older readers "Kenny and the Dragon" and the Wondla series. This story is sweet, and lead to fun discussions about imaginary friends, and how grown ups often forget what it's like to be creative and fun. This book is one you can read over and over to enjoy the story, great vocabulary, and beautifully detailed artwork. Great family read.
The Brothers
I LOVED this story of a lonely little boy and his "imaginary" friend Ted. It's very Calvin-and-Hobbes-esque in that the little boy's father doesn't see Ted, but he certainly see the chaos caused by him. The father forbids the boy to ever play with Ted, much to the little boy's anguish. In the end there's a wonderful twist and everything ends happily.

Fantastic, engaging, delightful illustrations!
Liz Todd
This book was so....weird! I really enjoyed it, and so did my kids! I just can't figure out why! I connect it with Polar Express.. Only the child can see the imaginary friend, Ted. In the end, he helps his dad remember Ted from his own childhood. It was interesting talking with my kids about who, exactly, was making the messes around the house. I think they got it!
Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The arrival of Ted happens in the first sentence—another example of how that “arrival” drives a narrative into being, creating obstacles, leading to resolution and epiphany. The dad’s recovery of his childhood complements the narrator’s recovery of his father. A great mixture of humor and poignancy.
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literacy-books
The story of Ted is really great for teaching students different ways of playing with words (Ex: raspberry-cereal, Monopoly-Twister). It also teaches about imaginary friends, so this could be a good book to use to explain imaginary friends to students, which could lead to a writing assignment on imagination.
Mrs Bond
Mar 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: friends, family
Knocked off a star, couldn't help but feel this book was written more to admonish parents ("Cats in the cradle" anyone?). Otherwise a fun "my dad is too busy for me so me and my imaginary friend, who also used to be my dad's when he was little, are going to do crazy things to amuse ourselves/get his attention" book.
Amanda Hartley
This book brings out the kid in us all as we remember "friends" we once had. This book is great for kids with parents who don't always have time for them. Ted is a very touching book, and everyone can feel for the little boy in the book.
Cute little story that reminds me a little of Cat in the Hat. I like the illustrations and the theme of keeping the kid in us alive.

WritingFix has a creative writing lesson using Ted as a mentor text. Here's the link:
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
I thought I was gonna hate this book, based on the cover (I mean, how much more hideous could Ted be?!) but I was pleasantly surprised by the tender message, couched in slightly uncomfortable comedy. Happy ending.
Emily Blay
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book beacause it is very relatable for many students. A lot of children have imaginary friends, which is what this book is about. It is also a very ammusing book to see what adventures Ted goes on.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's amazing how an imaginary friend can bring a son and father together. Ted is a great character who brings laughs to the reader. Students of all enjoy hearing this read aloud and the pictures catch their attention.
Aug 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
Shelves: childrenslit
The illustrations in this book are hilarious and wildly creative. The storyline is cute and original. This is the best imaginary friend book out there.
DiTerlizzi's art is simply amazing.
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New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Tony DiTerlizzi, has been creating books for over a decade. From his fanciful picture books like "Jimmy Zangwow’s Moon Pie Adventure", "Ted" and "The Spider & The Fly" (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like "Kenny and The Dragon" and the WondLa trilogy, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. With Holly Black, he creat ...more
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