Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Sterling is a very cute, homeless dachsund. He really wants a home and is determined to succeed in the next one he is offered. He enters a factory that is packing up silverware for shipment and manages to be added to a box of forks. Arriving at a house, the children are thrilled to find him with the forks, the parents not so much. Sterling is determined to be the best fork ever so that he can stay in this home. He does everything a fork would do like laying on the napkin waiting to be used and getting in the dishwasher but nothing that a dog would do like fetching or walking on leashes. Though the little girl begs him to sleep on her bed with her Sterling knows that “forks never sleep on beds. Sterling was sure of it.” When Sterling sees the family eating with their fingers, he tries to be other useful things like a whisk, a rolling pin or a lamp. When the girl takes Sterling to a dog park, he thinks she wants him to be a stick that the other dogs play with. Nope. “He wanted to make the girl happy, but he didn’t know how. Then he saw it. It had been in front of him the whole time. Sterling leaped onto the girl’s bed and into her arms. He could see it in her eyes; she just wanted him to be himself.” This is the cutest story ever with the cutest illustrations of Sterling doing his best to act and look like a fork. Inside cover illustrations also show Sterling in various poses as a shoe, fire hydrant, pogo stick and more!
Anything you did not like about the book? Perfect
To whom would you recommend this book? Of course this is a story about just being yourself, not trying to be like anyone else. It would be fun in a pet or dog-themed storytime.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, day-cares and K-2 classrooms.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? YES!!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 7/15/2018