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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Review: STERLING, BEST DOG EVER by Aidan Cassie (C)

*A finished hardcover copy of STERLING, BEST DOG EVER by Aidan Cassie was sent to me by the publisher, Macmillan, for free for an honest review. All thoughts here are my very own. Any problems, questions, etc. please contact me via email - thebumblegirl@rocketmail.com. Thank you! 

Written and Illustrated by Aidan Cassie
Release date: July 10th, 2018
Published by: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (Macmillan) 
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: Hardcover from the publisher


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.


*A finished hardcover copy of STERLING, BEST DOG EVER by Aidan Cassie was sent to me by the publisher, Macmillan, for free for an honest review. All thoughts here are my very own.

A timeless story about a pup trying to find a forever home, learning to be himself, and accepting himself and, once he can do that, also accepting the fact that everyone else will love him too!
Sterling trying to please his new owners in any way possible was funny and sad. His quirky antics in trying to be the best fork possible, and then trying to be anything else that the family could possibly need really made us smile and laugh out loud. However, the realization that maybe Sterling should just be himself brought on an endearing conversation on how sometimes we try to be something that we are not just to make someone happy when we should always be the best "me" that we could possibly be. When Sterling finally realizes that, happy smiles all around! We knew he could do it! 
This illustrated book has become one of our favorites! The details and relatable pictures are really well made and engaging. 
A wonderful book for all children to learn that people-pleasing is not the way to do things; a reminder to always be ourselves, the very best version of ourselves and no matter what!


When Aidan Cassie was small, she drew dogs all the time and taped her pictures up everywhere. Then one wondrous day, her family got a dachshund. But the strange little pup didn't seem to know what she was.

She sat on the kitchen table.
She slept with the pillows.
And when Aidan clipped a leash to her collar, the dog just rolled on her back.

Like Sterling, Aidan's hound was confused, but Aidan loved her just the same.

Aidan grew up to become an author, animator, and illustrator. She earned her media arts degree at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and the Edinburgh College of Art. 

She lives on a small island in Canada's Salish Sea.

This is her first picture book. 


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