Sterling, Best Dog Ever by Aidan Cassie follows the adventures of one very confused Dachshund. Sterling hasn’t had very good luck in finding a forever home. His owners seem to always lose interest, sending him back to the streets.
One night, Sterling notices a sign at the Butlery Cutlery Company. Their utensils are being shipped to “all the best homes.” He decides to hide in one of the boxes where he waits to be delivered to his perfect home.
The Gilberts are surprised to see the pup inside their box of forks. Yet, Sterling has a plan. He won’t just be any fork; he’s going to be the best fork ever! But when his plan starts to unravel, will he find the courage to be what the family really needs?
I absolutely adore this book! This is definitely one of my favorite picture books of all time. Sterling’s character is beyond adorable. He reminds me of my own dachshund, Hope. Young and old alike will relate to his struggle of feeling like he needs to be something other than himself.
This story is full of emotion and heart. I loved watching Sterling’s silly antics, yet my heart broke when he kept trying to be what he thought everyone wanted. I definitely shed tears at the end.
The character of the little girl reminds me of myself. I noticed that her bedroom wall is covered in dog posters and drawings. She also has numerous stuffed dogs tucked away under her night stand. I can totally relate to her passion for pooches (especially dachshunds).
I also love that this story sheds light on the importance of animal adoption. As the proud pet parent to five rescue dogs, I know that many of them have a story similar to Sterling’s. They were loved for a time, yet dumped when the owners became “bored” with them. This book would be a great addition to the humane education curriculum at animal shelters and rescue groups across the country.
Cassie’s illustrations are truly stunning. Sterling’s expressions are priceless. I was in love with his character the moment I saw the book cover. I also love the spotlight illustrations at the beginning of the book that show Sterling trying to imitate numerous items. My favorite was the curling iron (my husband favored the jackhammer).
This book is a fantastic read for animal lovers of all ages. Readers will cheer Sterling on in his quest to find his true purpose. I hope to see more books featuring the best dog ever.