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Buddy and Earl and the Great Big Baby

Written by Maureen Fergus

Illustrated by Carey Sookocheff

Series Title: Buddy and Earl

  • 32 Pages
  • 9781554987160
  • 8.5" x 7.5"
  • from grade K to grade 2
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Pets
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Friendship



Publication Date August 01, 2016

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.

Selected for the OLA Best Bets Top Ten 2016


Maureen Fergus
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.

Carey Sookocheff
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.


Star Review

"This story tickles the funny bone raw." Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

"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