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Children's Fiction Friendship

Buddy and Earl

by (author) Maureen Fergus

illustrated by Carey Sookocheff

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Jul 2015
Friendship, Dogs, Pets
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jul 2015
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2018
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2015
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


“An understated winner of a friendship story. … simultaneously of-the-moment and timeless.” — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

What’s in the box that Meredith has carried into the living room? Buddy doesn’t know, but when the small, prickly creature says he is a pirate — and that Buddy is a pirate, too — the mismatched friends are off on a grand adventure.

In this first book in the best-selling 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.

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

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

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

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.


Maureen Fergus' profile page

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.

Carey Sookocheff's profile page


  • Commended, A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens
  • Commended, Boston Globe Best Books of 2015 for Kids
  • Commended, 49th Shelf Favourite Picture Books of the Year

Editorial Reviews

An understated winner of a friendship story. . . . simultaneously of-the-moment and timeless.

Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

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.


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.


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.

Quill & Quire

Enjoy the humor, and the depth of characterization, in both art and text, and hope for more Buddy and Earl adventures.

Horn Book

Deserves to be read aloud over and over again.

Boston Globe

A simple story for animal loving readers and proponents of imaginative play.

School Library Journal

Readers will enjoy the antics of these two playful friends and will look forward to more of their adventures in the future. Highly Recommended.

CM Magazine

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