Dog lovers will adore this imperfect yet endearing mutt and his quest for excellence!
***Winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Author Honor Award!***
Everyone in the Ellis family is excellent--except Ed.
Ed wonders if this is why he isn’t allowed to eat at the table or sit on the couch with the other children. So he’s determined to find his own thing to be excellent at--only to be (inadvertently) outdone by a family member every time.
Now Ed is really nervous--what if he’s not excellent enough to belong in this family?
This funny and endearing story offers a subtle look at sibling rivalry and self esteem, and will reassure kids that everyone is excellent at something, and that your family loves you, just as you are.
Praise for Excellent Ed:
"A dog lover’s delight." —School Library Journal
"In Julia Sarcone-Roach’s joyful, expressive paintings, we see Ed pondering how to demonstrate excellence. The answer is excellent, and entirely endearing." —The Wall Street Journal
“A warm, welcome reminder that everyone is excellent at something.” —Kirkus Reviews starred review
“In a word? Excellent.” —The Horn Book starred review
Ed, a scruffy white dog whose tail seems to be in a perpetual state of wagging, worries that he doesn't measure up to the African-American family he lives with. The Ellis children are talented athletes, bakers, ballerinas, and more, and even when Ed hits on things that he does excel at, the children show him up. "I'm definitely excellent at breaking stuff," thinks Ed as Sarcone-Roach (The Bear Ate Your Sandwich) shows him in the midst of a kitchen with garbage and glassware strewn across the floor. But then Elaine goes and "breaks" a soccer record. And while Ed is good at losing (objects he buries) and forgetting (to wipe his paws), the twins lose their first teeth, and Edith aces a dance audition by forgetting to be nervous. Dominated by bright yellows and grassy greens, Sarcone-Roach's mixed-media pictures brim with familial warmth and mischievous canine energy, while McAnulty (the Dino Files series) leaves readers with the worthwhile message that it sometimes takes an outside perspective to recognize one's strengths. Ages 4 8.