Just Being Ted

Lisa Sheehan

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My son loved this book so much, he’s taken it to his Nana’s house for half-term! 


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.


My son, who is four, loved this book. He loved to read it along with me and also wanted to read it himself, sounding out the simpler words. He laughed at the other animals when they revealed themselves. He was a little sad that Ted felt he had to pretend to be what he’s not and we agreed that being yourself is so much better. 

The illustrations are beautiful and that inspired a fair few drawings of dragons in our household. The story of Ted is well-written and Ted is so lovely, you can’t help but feel sorry for him! We were very happy that it all worked out well in the end. 

Thanks to Love Books Tours and Lisa Sheehan for inviting me on the tour, with a gifted copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

My son gave this twenty hundred and five out of ten so it’s a winner here. 

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