by Richard Jones

On a dark, rainy, and windy night, poor Perdu finds himself all alone in the countryside with nothing to call his own except an old red scarf. Even the leaves tumbling through the air have a place to be. But not Perdu. He follows a leaf further and further until the grass beneath his feet turns to city concrete. Suddenly, Perdu is not longer alone with the city bustling around him, but he’s still lonely. 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 (The Snow Lion and Paper Planes) delivers a warmhearted and poignant story about loneliness, kindness, friendship, and finding a forever family. This beautiful, moving story of a lost dog searching for a family and a home is the perfect read aloud choice for dog lovers, owners of rescued animals, and SEL collections. Classically gorgeous illustrations will have readers returning to its pages again and again.

Get to know more about Richard Jones and his inspiration for the book in this Q&A, and download these free activity sheets for tips on drawing your own Perdu!

Can’t wait to read Perdu? Take a look inside the book below, and see more in the excerpt!

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“Perdu is a winning and winsome protagonist, and Jones’ story contains some wonderfully specific details… The soft, stylized illustrations beautifully capture the coziness of some moments and the harshness of others while bringing the pup and his predicament adorably to life. Perdu’s quiet quest for home is a sweet journey worth taking.” —Booklist

“The text includes pleasing moments of lyricism… There are also little details sure to delight young animal lovers… Color is used effectively….satisfying.” —Kirkus Reviews

Find Perdu April 1st at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble. And don’t forget to check out the rest of our brand-new picture books and middle grade and YA titles coming to Peachtree this season!