"All the Ellis children were excellent at something. Except Ed."
There are five Ellis children, and Ed the dog. The children are allowed to eat at the table, ride in the van, sit on the couch, and use the indoor bathroom. Except Ed is not. Each of the children is excellent at something, and Ed can do these things as well, but not as well, or not the same way. Ed decided if he is excellent at something, he will be allowed to do the things other children are allowed to do. Then each of the children becomes excellent at the same thing!
Maybe Ed isn't' excellent enough to be part of the family?!
As readers progress towards the end of the book they find more ways Ed is excellent, and why he does things different. Everything except the indoor bathroom, that one remains a mystery.
The illustrations are wonderful, the dog's face and body language portrays his mood, feelings and thoughts clearly while still maintaining his doggy characteristics. I love all the bright colors, and how the illustrator used white space to draw focus to Ed, and makes the pages feel full but not overly busy. I think it would be cute to see which children notice all the character's names begin with the same letter.
A sweet story about a dog trying to figure out his strengths. This book celebrates family (pets included) in a quiet, funny way.
Clever and charming story about a dog, Ed with an inferiority complex who is trying to figure out his place in his family. Sweet and gentle illustrations bring warmth and whimsy to the characters and lighten the mood. In the end, Ed realizes that he is right where he needs to be and accepts himself for who he is. Ed's family is a family of color, though race is never mentioned in the book, great for adding some everyday diversity to your collection or storytimes.
AngelHCL thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over
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