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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. 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.


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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. 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.

30 review for Sterling, Best Dog Ever

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amber Webb

    *Thank you to Aidan Cassie (author/illustrator) for giving #bookexcursion a copy to review* Sterling is the story of a dog who didn't know who he was supposed to be; a fork? a chandelier? a stick? All Sterling wants to do is find a forever home and figure out what he is supposed to do and be. He just wants to please and do exactly what he meant to do. But he doesn't know what that is. Thanks to a very patients and loving family, Sterling figures out just what he needs to be. What a precious story *Thank you to Aidan Cassie (author/illustrator) for giving #bookexcursion a copy to review* Sterling is the story of a dog who didn't know who he was supposed to be; a fork? a chandelier? a stick? All Sterling wants to do is find a forever home and figure out what he is supposed to do and be. He just wants to please and do exactly what he meant to do. But he doesn't know what that is. Thanks to a very patients and loving family, Sterling figures out just what he needs to be. What a precious story of finding who you are and trusting those around you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Viviane Elbee

    Funny book about a dog who is a little confused. Kids giggled while I read this. The art is great too.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Oliveros

    A story about a dog, Sterling, who just wants a home and takes a circuitous route through a fork factory. Now that he has that home, having been delivered in a fork box, he'll do whatever it takes to keep it. The family takes in the dog and watches, bewildered, as Sterling behaves like a fork (because isn't that what they ordered?) Through the sweet, soft illustrations Cassie shows the hilarious attempts of the dog trying his best to be a fork and the family's wonder at why the dog doesn't behav A story about a dog, Sterling, who just wants a home and takes a circuitous route through a fork factory. Now that he has that home, having been delivered in a fork box, he'll do whatever it takes to keep it. The family takes in the dog and watches, bewildered, as Sterling behaves like a fork (because isn't that what they ordered?) Through the sweet, soft illustrations Cassie shows the hilarious attempts of the dog trying his best to be a fork and the family's wonder at why the dog doesn't behave like a dog. The randomness of the whole concept is delightful. The relationship between Sterling and the girl is heartwarming. The overall theme of "it is best to be yourself" rings sincere and true.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Kramer

    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 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura Mossa

    A very special thank you to Aidan Cassie and Macmillian Kids for sending Sterling to my #bookexcursion group in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Sterling is determined to find a home. Sleeping outside the Butlery Cutlery Company, he sneaks into a box of forks that are delivered to the Gilbert family. When the family opens the box and finds Sterling, the mom and dad are perplexed but the daughter ‘s and her baby sister’s smiles say it all. Sterling strives to be the best for A very special thank you to Aidan Cassie and Macmillian Kids for sending Sterling to my #bookexcursion group in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Sterling is determined to find a home. Sleeping outside the Butlery Cutlery Company, he sneaks into a box of forks that are delivered to the Gilbert family. When the family opens the box and finds Sterling, the mom and dad are perplexed but the daughter ‘s and her baby sister’s smiles say it all. Sterling strives to be the best fork ever but soon discovers that perhaps, the family doesn’t need a fork. Being adaptable, Sterling attempts to be a whisk, a rolling pin, and even a stick but none of these tools seems to make him or the daughter happy. Will Sterling ever realizes his one and only job is to just be himself? Sterling is a heartwarming yet humorous story about learning to be comfortable in your own skin or in Sterling’s case, fur. The rich and colorful illustrations beautifully complement the plot and depict not only Sterling’s determination to be needed and useful but also the little girl’s true desire to have a dog of her own to love. I can’t wait to share Sterling with students in the fall! If you need any more convincing, get a sneak peek of Sterling by viewing the trailer below. https://youtu.be/NyxLTpnw_q0 Pre-order now so that Sterling appears in your mailbox promptly on July 10, 2018, its release date.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karen Abbott

    Sterling has received a lot of rejection and needs a home and people to belong to. He wants love so much that he is willing to do anything or be anything to live with these new people want--even if that means being a fork. "Sterling," silverware, fork, get it? Sterling won't do anything he doesn't believe a fork would do, which is unfortunate since all this family wants is a dog! Sterling comes to understand that they will love him just the way he is if he is his true self. Charming story with a Sterling has received a lot of rejection and needs a home and people to belong to. He wants love so much that he is willing to do anything or be anything to live with these new people want--even if that means being a fork. "Sterling," silverware, fork, get it? Sterling won't do anything he doesn't believe a fork would do, which is unfortunate since all this family wants is a dog! Sterling comes to understand that they will love him just the way he is if he is his true self. Charming story with a very mixed up dog who just wants to be accepted. That makes this a wonderful book for children who have the same desire. Being yourself is always the best way to make friends. Trying to impress others in ways that are not true to oneself is a sure path to misadventure, as Sterling comes to realize. The illustrations are cartoon-ish with lots of color around this darling little gray dog and help to tell the story with emotion packed faces and comical scenes. Great book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Cogan

    I really enjoyed this story about a people-pleasing dog, Sterling, who learns to please his people by just being himself. The illustrations are remarkably detailed, and infuse the perfectly-subtle text with so much humour and feeling. I particularly loved the scenes in the park, depicting Sterling's skewed concept of fetch. My sons read the book with relish on two levels--both as a funny story about a very-flexible dachshund, and as a welcome, non-sentimental depiction of the desperation to be l I really enjoyed this story about a people-pleasing dog, Sterling, who learns to please his people by just being himself. The illustrations are remarkably detailed, and infuse the perfectly-subtle text with so much humour and feeling. I particularly loved the scenes in the park, depicting Sterling's skewed concept of fetch. My sons read the book with relish on two levels--both as a funny story about a very-flexible dachshund, and as a welcome, non-sentimental depiction of the desperation to be loved.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Adorable book with beautiful illustrations! Sterling is a dog just looking for a fur-ever home, instead of living out of a box. He tries as hard as he can to fit in and do whatever his humans want from him. It takes him awhile to learn some life lessons about being true to yourself and accepting yourself for whomever you are. Great lessons for everyone!! Great read aloud for the whole family or classroom! Thanks to Aidan Cassie for sharing a copy with #BookPosse!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ariana Bacle

    What a beautiful, timeless story about wanting to fit in and ultimately realizing that just being yourself is all that really matters. Together, the delightful, humor-tinged writing and the gorgeous, vibrant illustrations bring the instantly lovable Sterling to life. I've been looking for the right book to gift to the young readers in my life, one that will make them feel entertained and happy and inspired all at once, and this perfectly fits that bill.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Holt

    A lovable and unique story about a dog, living alone at a fork factory. One day Sterling rides the conveyor belt and is packed up and shipped off with a box of forks. The dog tries his best to pretend to be a fork. He really wants to fit in with the household and be just what they ordered (so they'll keep him). Of course, dogs weren't made to be forks, and the harder he tries the more difficulties he experiences. A heartwarming tale of self-acceptance, love, and being true to yourself.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Beth Anderson

    There are plenty of stories about being yourself, but usually they feature one creature trying to be another creature. In this book, a dog tries to be a fork, which is just wacky enough to tickle some giggles from a child. In order not to be rejected again, he tries to be other things, anything to be needed, and kept, and loved. The message comes through loud and clear, and the illustrations are totally fun!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate Narita

    I'm a middle-aged adult and I still haven't learned what the canine super-sleuth Sterling learns in this picture book-just be myself. Stop trying to be someone or something I'm not. Granted I've never tried to squeeze myself into the fork drawer, be the pillar in a block tower for hours on end or be a doormat. Okay, maybe I have tried that last strategy. As Sterling can tell you, it doesn't work well. If you're a fan of Harry the Dirty Dog, be sure to check this book out!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Cusolito

    I love the opening of this book. "Sterling slept in a mostly waterproof box on a slightly damp pillow. It was like a house. But not much like a home." Poor Sterling. Will he ever find a true home? He tries to be exactly what he thinks his new owners want him to be. A fork. A whisk. A rolling pin. Will he realize that what they most want him to be himself?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

    This is funny story with a lot of heart about a dog pretending to be a fork (and many other things) to find a home. Visually, it also depicts a mixed culture (appearing to be South Asian and white), interracial family. In the end, this story helps children learn an important message: just be yourself!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    This book is just too adorable. The illustrations are darling, and the story is so sweet. (I got so sad about halfway through, when the mom and dad were giving him The Look when he was just trying so hard (too hard) to be exactly what they wanted!)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    What an adorable book! Sterling wants a home, so he tries really hard to be just what his family wants ... luckily he realizes that his girl just wants him to be himself. Great story about a dog finding himself, and a home.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    This was a cute story about a dog too busy being everything but a dog in an effort to find a forever home. Poor Sterling has been rejected so many times and I really felt for him, which made the ending all the more heartwarming. Adorable illustrations make this story all the more enjoyable.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Stoller

    Lovely author/illustrator debut by Aidan Cassie with an important message about being who you are where you belong. Sterling the dog is an adorable character who finds his forever home by just being himself. The text and illustrations sparkle in this heartwarming story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    Charming story about a dog who comes up with a clever way to find a home.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kerri Kokias

    A clever and humorous story with an underlying message of how it's best to just be yourself.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Delman

    This is a delightful, adorable book that can teach kids AND parents a good lesson about individuality and acceptance. Highly recommended!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ampersand Inc.

    Sterling is a puppy who is desparate for a home…and he finds one by pretending to be a fork.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    It's a fun book with good illustrations.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Lynne

    Expressive, dynamic illustrations for a cute, silly story!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Syntha Green

    A sweet story of a dog trying to find his place in the world, beautifully illustrated.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marina

    When Sterling finally realized what he needed to be it brought tears to my eyes. So adorable and well-written. And the illustrations of Sterling trying to be other things were so clever.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emyrose8

    Sterling thinks he has to be a fork to fit in with this family, but is that really what they want? The illustrations are perfect for this sweet story!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Mealey

    It’s a fork, or a dog, that stars in STERLING, BEST DOG EVER. Although no home has ever wanted to keep Sterling, he is determined to find a family. Outside the Butlery Cutlery Factory, he comes up with a plan to be shipped inside a package of utensils. Sure, he may have to disguise himself as a fork to succeed, but he’s resourceful! The Gilbert family is skeptical but accepting of Sterling, and their dog-obsessed daughter is delighted beyond measure. But Sterling’s role is not entirely clear. Did It’s a fork, or a dog, that stars in STERLING, BEST DOG EVER. Although no home has ever wanted to keep Sterling, he is determined to find a family. Outside the Butlery Cutlery Factory, he comes up with a plan to be shipped inside a package of utensils. Sure, he may have to disguise himself as a fork to succeed, but he’s resourceful! The Gilbert family is skeptical but accepting of Sterling, and their dog-obsessed daughter is delighted beyond measure. But Sterling’s role is not entirely clear. Did the family want a fork, a dog, or should he try to be a whisk, a rolling pin, or a chandelier? Young readers will giggle at Sterling’s enthusiastic attempts to carve out a place for himself in the new family order. Cassie’s illustrations are colorful, humorous and well-paced. Even when attempting to fill-in as an inanimate household item, Sterling is imbued with emotion, expression and energy. His earnest efforts and the girl’s equally passionate yearning to help her “dog-fork” assimilate are heart-tugging and funny at the same time. STERLING is a quirky, clever tale of self-acceptance and love that will hold special appeal for readers with rescue dogs.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Margie aka The Bumble Girl

    *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 *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!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Colby Sharp

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