Buddy does not know what is in the box that Meredith carries into the living room. But when the small, prickly creature says he is a pirate — and that Buddy is a pirate too — the two mismatched friends are off on a grand adventure.
In this first book in the Buddy and Earl series, a dog who likes to play by the rules meets a hedgehog who knows no limits. Their friendship is tender and loyal, and their adventures are funny and imaginative. Maureen Fergus’s text is witty and understated, and Carey Sookocheff’s art emphasizes both the humor and the warmth of this odd and loveable animal couple.
Coming in 2016 — Buddy and Earl Go Exploring and Buddy and Earl and the Great Big Baby.
Deserves to be read aloud over and over again.
An understated winner of a friendship story. . . . simultaneously of-the-moment and timeless.
Readers will enjoy the antics of these two playful friends and will look forward to more of their adventures in the future. Highly Recommended.
Fergus succeeds in engaging readers with this rollicking adventure in a way that never feels didactic or forced. . . Sookocheff marks a promising debut with her first picture book.
Fergus' deadpan text and Sookocheff's simple, flowing artwork work in elemental harmony, working together to elevate the book to a subliminal sophistication that breathes something quite smart into the proceedings.
Enjoy the humor, and the depth of characterization, in both art and text, and hope for more Buddy and Earl adventures.
Their charmingly raucous game of make-believe is appealing enough, but the sneaky lesson in deductive reasoning makes this frolicsome, read-aloud-friendly picture book truly outstanding.
A simple story for animal loving readers and proponents of imaginative play.