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Children's Fiction Friendship

Buddy and Earl and the Great Big Baby

by (author) Maureen Fergus

illustrated by Carey Sookocheff

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Aug 2016
Friendship, Dogs, Pets
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2016
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2016
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7


Mrs. Cunningham is bringing her baby for a visit! But Buddy and Earl are not prepared for the chaos the small and adorable creature brings with him.

Mom’s friend Mrs. Cunningham is coming for a visit, and she’s bringing her baby! While Buddy tries to explain the ins and outs of babydom to Earl, neither of them is prepared for the chaos the small and adorable creature brings with him.

When the baby manages to escape from his cage — which Buddy gently suggests is really just a playpen — it’s up to our favorite odd couple to save the day.

This third title in the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series follows a dog who likes to play by the rules and a hedgehog who knows no limits on another fun adventure in deductive reasoning and imaginative play.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

About the authors


Maureen Fergus est auteure lauréate de plusieurs livres pour enfants et jeunes adultes, dont The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, Et si je ne veux pas? et les livres de la série Buddy and Earl. Elle vit à Winnipeg, au Manitoba.


Maureen Fergus is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults, including The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and the Buddy and Earl series of books. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Mike Lowery has illustrated many books for children, including The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and A Squiggly Story. Mike lives in Decatur, Georgia.


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CAREY SOOKOCHEFF is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series, Sprout, Seed, Sprout! and What Happens Next. She is also the author/illustrator of Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems and Wet. She loves all kinds of stories, except for scary ones. She lives in Toronto with her family and their dog Rosie.

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Editorial Reviews

This story tickles the funny bone raw.


Older siblings who are intimately familiar with baby-related chaos will be in stitches over Earl’s imagined worst-case scenarios … as the animals race to save a day that doesn't actually need saving.

Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

This sweet story showcases qualities of friendship, love, and imagination … Fans of the first two titles will want to follow Buddy and Earl in this next adventure.

School Library Journal

This series just keeps getting better and better; we'll all look forward to our next visit with Buddy and Earl.

The Horn Book

The comedy shifts neatly between the ironic and the direct while remaining cozy throughout, and audiences will relish both laughing at and laughing with Buddy and Earl.

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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