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
Author: Stacy McAnulty is a children’s book author, who used to be a mechanical engineer, who’s also qualified to be a dog therapist (is that a thing???), a correspondent for The Daily Show (why not), and a Green Bay Packer coach (totally!).
She's written thirty books including her debut middle-grade novel, THE MISCALCULATIONS OF LIGHTNING GIRL, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor book EXCELLENT ED, illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach. Her other picture books include EARTH! MY FIRST 4.54 BILLION YEARS, illustrated by David Litchfield; MAX EXPLAINS EVERYTHING: GROCERY STORE EXPERT, illustrated by Deborah Hocking, BRAVE and BEAUTIFUL, both illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff; MR. FUZZBUSTER KNOWS HE'S THE FAVORITE, illustrated by Edward Hemingway; and 101 REASONS WHY I'M NOT TAKING A BATH, illustrated by Joy Ang. She’s also authored the chapter book series THE DINO FILES.
When not writing, Stacy likes to listen to NPR, bake triple-chocolate cupcakes, and eat triple-chocolate cupcakes. Originally from upstate NY, she now lives in Kernersville, NC with her 3 kids, 3 dogs, and 1 husband.
Illustrator: Julia Sarcone-Roach was born in Chicago and raised in Northern Virginia, where she grew up running around the backyard, looking for animals, and drawing. She studied film and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design, and her award-winning animated short CALL OF THE WILD has been shown in film festivals around the world.
Julia now lives in Brooklyn, New York, writing and illustrating picture books. She is the author and illustrator of THE SECRET PLAN, SUBWAY STORY, and THE BEAR ATE YOUR SANDWICH, which was an Ezra Jack Keats Honor Award winner, a New York Times bestseller, and an excuse to eat many sandwiches. She is also the illustrator of INCREDIBLE INVENTIONS by Lee Bennett Hopkins and the Ezra Jack Keats Honor Award book EXCELLENT ED by Stacy McAnulty.
Julia runs across a surprising number of wild animals in Brooklyn, but, to date, no bears. She does, however, share her home with two inquisitive cats, and all of them enjoy donuts very much.
A best-selling book from Knopf Books for Young Readers
Interest Level: Age 4 – 8
Reading Level: Preschool - Grade 3
Hardcover, 32 pages, 9.31" x 0.37" x 9.44"
Bargain book, very limited quantities only, so when they're gone, they're gone –new book, however some books may have minor scuffs or marks on cover.