Buddy and Earl

Maureen Fergus (Author) Carey Sookocheff (Illustrator)


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' 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.

Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
Groundwood Books
Publish Date
August 11, 2015
7.3 X 0.5 X 8.6 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

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 And What If I Won't? and The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten. She currently lives in Winnipeg with her husband, three kids, a dog, and a hedgehog.

Carey Sookocheff's illustrations have garnered awards from Communication Arts and American Illustration as well as the Society of Illustrators. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two daughters and one dog. Buddy and Earl is her first picture book.


"'There's obviously no fooling you, Buddy, ' said Earl. 'So I'm going to tell you the truth.'
Slowly, Earl changed from a tight ball of prickles into a flattish prickly thing with a face.
'The truth is that I'm a talking hairbrush.'
Buddy was almost positive that Earl was not a talking hairbrush." -- from the book
A 49th Shelf Favourite Picture Book of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2015 for Kids
A Bank Street College of Education Children's Book of the Year, 2016
CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, Spring 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 "Earl and Buddy know the secret of camaraderie and play it out in fine form." -- 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

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