Aidan Cassie's Sterling, Best Dog Ever, is a heartwarming and hilarious debut picture book for dog lovers about a dog in search of a forever family.
Sterling the dog has always wanted a home. But no home has ever wanted him. So when Sterling sees a sign on the side of the Butlery Cutlery Company advertising free "shipping to homes around the world," he is determined to become the most terrific fork ever! For what home doesn't need flatware?
Sterling is delivered on time and undamaged to the Gilbert family's front door. He is not, however, what they ordered. . . . But he may be exactly what they need. Here is a humorous, heart-tugging picture book about finding a family who wants you just as you are.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 6 Years|
About the Author
Aidan Cassie studied animation and earned a media arts degree at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design as well as Edinburgh College of Art. Sterling, Best Dog Ever is her first picture book. She lives on a small island, surrounded by other artists, in the Salish Sea of British Columbia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I opened this book and saw the endpapers with a Weiner dog shaped like a hammer, banana, curling iron, etc., I knew I was in for a treat. The first spread was quirky from the get-go— a Weiner dog in a fork factory. He takes on his role as a fork and is packed up and delivered to a family where he tries his best to be a good fork. But discovers that what the little girl wants most is for him to be himself- a dog. A funny, warm book to read aloud.
There are plenty of stories about being yourself, but usually they feature one creature trying to be another creature. In this book, a dog tries to be a fork, which is just wacky enough to tickle some giggles from a child. In order not to be rejected again, he tries to be other things, anything to be needed, and kept, and loved. The message comes through loud and clear, and the illustrations are totally fun!
A story about a dog, Sterling, who just wants a home and takes a circuitous route through a fork factory. Now that he has that home, having been delivered in a fork box, he'll do whatever it takes to keep it. The family takes in the dog and watches, bewildered, as Sterling behaves like a fork (because isn't that what they ordered?) Through the sweet, soft illustrations Cassie shows the hilarious attempts of the dog trying his best to be a fork and the family's wonder at why the dog doesn't behave like a dog. The randomness of the whole concept is delightful. The relationship between Sterling and the girl is heartwarming. The overall theme of "it is best to be yourself" rings sincere and true.