Bedhead Ted is funny without being crude or lewd. The humor that Scott SanGiacomo created is not the LOL kind of humor, but a more subtle humor due to the atmosphere of the story. Of course, there are laughing out loud moments too.
There is a friendship story, tall tales, rumors, misunderstandings, jealousy, bullies, magic hair, what makes an actual superhero and a girl who does not smile. And possibly a giant monster raccoon. Aimed at ages 6/7 to 10, this is familiar story will be a hit for most. There is both a modern tone with an almost old school vibe (almost felt like reading younger versions of The Hardy Boys or Encyclopedia Brown).
In the end, all I really should say is, this book made me happy. I like the characters; the art seems like it will be just the right number of details (I read a reader copy as this is due later this year and the illustrations were not finished). If you are a fan of the Hilo series or want to do How to Train Your Dragon, but it is a tad bit too much for you, Bedhead Ted might be a place to start. I am not jumping “up and down” saying this is the best book ever, but it was a book that I will be able to comfortably recommend and kids will enjoy.
I can see sequels in the future and even a cartoon show, or possible shorter movie. It might not become a classic, but it can become a child’s favorite. However, we have to wait until this summer for it to arrive on the shelf of your favorite local independent bookstore.