Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty

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...leaves readers with the worthwhile message that it sometimes takes an outside perspective to recognize one’s strengths.
-Publishers Weekly

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Dog lovers will adore this imperfect yet endearing mutt and his quest for excellence!
 
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
 

About Stacy McAnulty

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STACY McANULTY does not have a dinosaur. She does have three kids, two dogs, and one husband. She has been on a dinosaur dig in Wyoming, where she found a small fossil. It wasn’t an egg. Stacy grew up in upstate New York but now calls North Carolina home. (She still really wants a dinosaur—preferably a Spinosaurus.) Visit her online at stacymcanulty.com.

Author Residence: North CarolinaMIKE BOLDT has worked on numerous children's books including I Don't Want to Be a Frog, 123 Versus ABC, Colors Versus Shapes, Tiara Saurus Rex, and The Gophers in Farmer Burrows' Field.
 
Published May 17, 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Feb 17 2016

Rounded, loose lines and vivid splashes of color in acrylics, watercolor, crayon, and grease pencil make for a cheery depiction of life in a middle-class African-American household. A warm, welcome reminder that everyone is excellent at something.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on May 28 2018

...leaves readers with the worthwhile message that it sometimes takes an outside perspective to recognize one’s strengths.

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