The Resource Excellent Ed, by Stacy McAnulty ; illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Excellent Ed, by Stacy McAnulty ; illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach

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Excellent Ed
Title
Excellent Ed
Statement of responsibility
by Stacy McAnulty ; illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Everyone in the Ellis family is excellent, except Ed the dog, who is determined to find something at which he, too, can excel
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Review
  • PreS-Gr 1—Alliteration is key in this energetic book. Readers are introduced to the Ellis family members, whose names all begin with an E (Elaine, Emily, Elmer, etc.), including Ed, the Ellis's beloved dog. Ed notices that all of the Ellis children shine at something (soccer, math, ballet); however, he has difficulty discovering where his talent lies. He tries some naughty skills like "breaking stuff" and "losing things," but he never seems as accomplished as the rest of the family. His sadness dissipates after he is reminded by the children how much he excels at welcoming them home and warming their feet as they gather together at the end of the day. This is a diverse family with calming expressions that are illustrated well through the use of soft crayons and pencils, surrounded by gentle brushstrokes of light green and muted yellow. School librarians may enjoy reading this aloud, as it can spark wonderful discussions regarding pets, a favorite topic of children and adults alike. VERDICT A dog lover's delight, this sweet and simple title will be an excellent addition for most school and public libraries.—Maria Alegre, The Dalton School, New York City --Maria Alegre (Reviewed 05/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 5, p80)
  • Ed, a scruffy white dog whose tail seems to be in a perpetual state of wagging, worries that he doesn’t measure up to the African-American family he lives with. The Ellis children are talented athletes, bakers, ballerinas, and more, and even when Ed hits on things that he does excel at, the children show him up. “I’m definitely excellent at breaking stuff,” thinks Ed as Sarcone-Roach (The Bear Ate Your Sandwich) shows him in the midst of a kitchen with garbage and glassware strewn across the floor. But then Elaine goes and “breaks” a soccer record. And while Ed is good at losing (objects he buries) and forgetting (to wipe his paws), the twins lose their first teeth, and Edith aces a dance audition by forgetting to be nervous. Dominated by bright yellows and grassy greens, Sarcone-Roach’s mixed-media pictures brim with familial warmth and mischievous canine energy, while McAnulty (the Dino Files series) leaves readers with the worthwhile message that it sometimes takes an outside perspective to recognize one’s strengths. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Lori Kilkelly, Rodeen Literary Management. Illustrator’s agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 03/07/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 10, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Ed, the Ellis family dog, has many talents, but none of them matches the excellence of the five Ellis children's—or so he thinks. Ed longs for a place at the family table, in the van, and on the couch, if only he can think of something that he excels at. But from soccer and ballet to math and baking, Elaine, Edith, Ernie, and twins Emily and Elmer outdo Ed at things that seem the most important (and delightfully counter to gender-stereotypical fashion). Endpapers show Ed twirling and rolling across the title page and into the story, where he's maneuvered himself right out of the striped sweater he's been dressed in. He sits wagging his tail at the feet of all five of the Ellis kids, their affection for one another and for their dog obvious. There is a lot of humor in the illustrations and wordplay that children will delight in. Ed imagines that he might be best at "breaking stuff," till Elaine comes along boasting of a broken record, for instance. A frustrated Ed finally feels noticed for the talents that only he has: cleaning the floor when food is spilled and giving a warm doggy welcome when the family comes home. 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. (Picture book. 3-6)(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10488568
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McAnulty, Stacy
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • AD550L
  • Decoding demand: 77 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 73 (high)
  • Syntactic demand: 86 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 75 (high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
Reading level
3.1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Sarcone-Roach, Julia
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dogs
  • Family life
  • Ability
  • Humorous stories
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Issues)
Target audience
primary
Label
Excellent Ed, by Stacy McAnulty ; illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1526713
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780553510232
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015029134
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780553510232
  • (OCoLC)921863775
Label
Excellent Ed, by Stacy McAnulty ; illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1526713
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780553510232
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015029134
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780553510232
  • (OCoLC)921863775

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