Excellent Ed

Stacy McAnulty

Book - 2016

Everyone in the Ellis family is excellent, except Ed the dog, who is determined to find something at which he, too, can excel.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780553510232
0553510231
Main Author
Stacy McAnulty (author)
Other Authors
Julia Sarcone-Roach (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

"All the Ellis children were excellent at something. Except Ed." While Elaine excels at soccer, Ed (who may or may not realize that he is a dog) slobbers all over the ball. Ernie bakes exquisite cupcakes—Ed eats them. The kids even surpass Ed at the sweetly dim doggie skills that he claims for his own: breaking stuff (Elaine breaks a scoring record), losing things (the twins lose baby teeth), and forgetting stuff (the family ballerina forgets to be nervous and aces her audition). Pop-eyed, pointy-muzzled, slightly scruffy Ed is all tail-wagging ecstatic energy in warm, relaxed pencil lines with acrylic, watercolor, and crayon in glowing greens and yellows. Smart correlations between what Ed isn't allowed to do and what he turns out to be really excellent at wrap this warm, fuzzy story of a close-knit African American family and their pet up with a bow. Ed joins the pack of picture books about irresistible pups that includes David Shannon's Good Boy, Fergus! (2006) and Chris Raschka's A Ball for Daisy (2011). Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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. Author's agent: Lori Kilkelly, Rodeen Literary Management. Illustrator's agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—Alliteration is key in this energetic book. Readers are introduced to the Ellis family members, whose names all begin with an E (Elaine, Emily, Elmer, etc.), including Ed, the Ellis's beloved dog. Ed notices that all of the Ellis children shine at something (soccer, math, ballet); however, he has difficulty discovering where his talent lies. He tries some naughty skills like "breaking stuff" and "losing things," but he never seems as accomplished as the rest of the family. His sadness dissipates after he is reminded by the children how much he excels at welcoming them home and warming their feet as they gather together at the end of the day. This is a diverse family with calming expressions that are illustrated well through the use of soft crayons and pencils, surrounded by gentle brushstrokes of light green and muted yellow. School librarians may enjoy reading this aloud, as it can spark wonderful discussions regarding pets, a favorite topic of children and adults alike. VERDICT A dog lover's delight, this sweet and simple title will be an excellent addition for most school and public libraries.—Maria Alegre, The Dalton School, New York City [Page 80]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Wondering why he is not allowed to eat at the table or sit on the couch with the rest of the children, Ed the dog resolves to distinguish himself by finding an activity at which he excels, with unexpected results. By the author of the Dino Files. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Everyone in the Ellis family is excellent, except Ed the dog, who is determined to find something at which he, too, can excel.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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