by Andrea Beaty; illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre
Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster)
Beaty brings her sharp wit to another character with a fertile imagination who runs afoul of us numskull adults. Ted's a bear who wakes up and bangs his knee. When he can't find a doctor anywhere in his room, he dons a labcoat and stethoscope and goes about diagnosing everything from gingivitis to mumps and dispensing cookies.
Sounds like my kinda medicine!
But his Mom, teacher and principal just don't appreciate Doctor Ted's contributions to modern medicine and order him back to reality. I don't know what it is about us grown-ups that we're always portrayed as such sticks in the mud. We're fun! We like to play too! Just look at ex-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Okay, that's probably not the kind of fun we had in mind here.
Ted wins the day, of course, after a playground incident that requires medical assistance. Kids like that sort of predictability--and seeing us grown-ups get our lumps too.
Note: Other books by Beaty include Iggy Peck, Architect.