Sterling, Best Dog Ever

Victoria Children's Book Prize
About this Work 

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.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Jurors' Citation 

Engagingly told and beautifully illustrated, Sterling will speak to any child (or adult) struggling to find their own place in the world. The story has a lively rhythm and is full of laugh-out-loud moments.

Aidan Cassie

Aidan Cassie is an author-illustrator who grew up on Canada’s West Coast. At Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Edinburgh College of Art she studied animation and earned her Media Arts degree. While spending a year in Provence she finished her debut picture book, Sterling, Best Dog Ever. Her second book, Little Juniper Makes It Big, about a feisty raccoon who feels too small for everything, was released in July 2019. She lives with her family on Saltspring Island.