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by Richard Jones

A little lost dog searches for a home and family in this beautiful, heartwarming story from Richard Jones, illustrator of The Snow Lion and Paper Planes.

“Perdu’s quiet quest for home is a sweet journey worth taking.” —Booklist

Little Perdu is lost and alone, with nowhere to call his home. Outside, the sky is dark, the wind howls, and the grass is cold beneath his paws. In the busy city, people rush and race and cry, “Get out! Go away! Shoo!” Is there no place for Perdu to rest his aching legs and fill his grumbling tummy? If only there was a special someone who might be looking for a friend like him.

In his debut as an author-illustrator, Richard Jones delivers a beautiful, moving story about kindness, friendship, and finding a forever family. Gorgeous illustrations help guide a satisfying emotional journey, from a somber beginning to a joyful conclusion. For all pet lovers, especially shelter dog and pet adoption advocates.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-248-2
Publication Date: 4/1/2021
Page Count: 32
Size: 11″ x 9-7/8″
Age Range:4 – 8
Language: English
F&P: M, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD550L
Themes: Getting Lost, Family, Loneliness, Kindness
BISAC 1: JUV039050 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
BISAC 2: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
BISAC 3: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs



“That both Perdu and Three find happiness comes as no surprise, but it warms the heart nonetheless.” —Wall Street Journal

“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

Meet the Author/Illustrator

Richard Jones

Richard Jones has more than 20 years of experience in the creative arts with a PhD in graphic communication. In his spare time, Richard enjoys bobbing about in the sea, feeding the cat, and licorice. He lives in England.