Excellent Ed

by Stacy McAnulty and Julia Sarcone-Roach

“All of the Ellis children were allowed to eat at the table and ride in the... read more

“All of the Ellis children were allowed to eat at the table and ride in the van and sit on the couch and use the indoor bathroom. Except Ed.” Ed is prohibited from these activities because he’s a dog, not that Ed makes any distinction between himself and his human family. But because each of the other Ellis children excels at something—Elaine at soccer, Emily and Elmer at math, Edith at ballet, and Ernie at baking cupcakes—Ed goes in search of what he’s best at. The search leads to answers that are satisfying for Ed, and for readers and listeners, too. It’s hard to say which is more appealing in this sparkling picture book, Ed or the entire lively Ellis family, of which Ed is clearly a much-loved member. The wonderful narrative makes judicious use of repetition while the vivacious illustrations are full of humor and warmth. The Ellis family is Black, with children ranging from early elementary age to their teens, something typical for many families but not for many picture books. (Ages 3–7).

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017

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