Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Looking for Trouble: Adventures of Teddy and Trouble is a children’s animal picture book written by M.L. Moyer and illustrated by S.W. Moyer. What started out as a perfectly nice, sunny day turned into a series of adventures for Teddy, a young dog looking for his little brother. When Teddy noticed that the garden gate was open and realized that Trouble was nowhere in sight, Teddy knew that he had to try to find him. Teddy’s travels took him to a lily pond where a grumpy frog responded in a most unexpected manner to Teddy’s questioning. His subsequent encounters with rabbits, a honey-smeared bear and a herd of mustangs likewise got him no closer to finding his little brother. Then he met a giant golden eagle who helped Teddy figure out why no one was willing to help him.
M.L. Moyer’s engaging story follows a young dog who doesn’t understand why every animal he meets gets upset when he simply states that he “is looking for Trouble.” Kids will have a grand time being in on the joke as Teddy gets more and more mystified by the reactions he receives. The story is humorous and fun, and S.W. Moyer’s illustrations are superb. I was transfixed by each of the intricately painted, magnificent outdoors panels accompanying the text. From meadows and winding forested trails up to ridges and the Opal Mountain Highlands, each of these arresting images is suitable for framing and mounting on a child’s bedroom wall. Add to that the compelling images of Teddy, Trouble and the animals Teddy meets, and you have a picture book worth spending hours with, enjoying the story and marveling at the beauties of nature Teddy experiences during his adventure. This book is special and not to be missed. Looking for Trouble: Adventures of Teddy and Trouble is most highly recommended.