Ted

"Like Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat, Ted knows a good time."

—Time Out New York

Ted

This is the story of a father and a son and the big, raspberry-colored, fun-loving, trouble-making best friend who brings them closer together.

Published: April 1, 2001
Ages: 4 to 8
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Author: Tony DiTerlizzi
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Extras

Browse Art

Browse Art

Look inside the book with this gallery

Look Inside
Special Occasion Goodies

Special Occasion Goodies

Happy Birthday! Download TED’s Birthday Party Hat and TED Holiday Ornaments. (pdf format)

Teaching Aids

Teaching Aids

TEACHERS! LIBRARIANS! Download TED Discussion Topics and TED’s “Imagine That” Activities! (pdf format)


Desktop Wallpaper

Desktop Wallpaper

Download this wallpaper featuring Ted!

Coloring Pages

Coloring Pages

Three coloring pages for young artists!

Videos

Videos

Tony talks about Ted

Praise

"The nostalgia in the book plays to adult readers, but the text has plenty of zip."
Publishers Weekly

"Long a legend to fans of Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, Tony DiTerlizzi is finally getting his due with a broader audience."
—Amazon.com

“A sure winner for storytime sharing”
School Library Journal

“DiTerlizzi's drawings of Ted are humorous, never scary and express the feelings of joy, sadness and hope found in the text…the story will have broad appeal to young children.”
Children’s Literature

“DiTerlizzi's polished, carefully detailed illustrations feature nerdy-looking humans and wild swirls of domestic disaster.”
Kirkus Reviews

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.