Buddy and Earl

Buddy and Earl

Written by: Fergus, Maureen
Illustrated by: Sookocheff, Carey
ages 4 to 7 / grades K to 2

“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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.1
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

“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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.1
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Jul 24, 2015
Specifications 32 pages | 8 in x 7.25 in 32 pages | 8 in x 7.25 in
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Written By

MAUREEN FERGUS is an award-winning author of books for kids of all ages. Her novels include The Gypsy King trilogy and Ortega; her picture books include InvisiBill, The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, and the Buddy and Earl series. She lives in Winnipeg with her family and her dog, Buddy.

Illustrated by

CAREY SOOKOCHEFF is the author and illustrator of Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems and Wet. She is also the illustrator of the Buddy and Earl series. She lives in Toronto with her family and her dog, Rosie.

Audience ages 4 to 7 / grades K to 2
Reading Levels Lexile AD420L
Reading Recovery 18
Guided Reading K
Key Text Features speech bubbles
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.1

Commended, 49th Shelf Favourite Picture Books of the Year, 2015

Commended, A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2016

Commended, Boston Globe Best Books of 2015 for Kids, 2015

Commended, CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, 2016

"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." — Kirkus, 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." — Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

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

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