Buddy and Earl Go to School
Buddy is a good dog and he plays by the rules, and Earl is his hedgehog friend who knows no limits. The story starts off with Meredith telling the both of them that she will be taking them to school. Over the next couple of pages, Buddy and Earl talk about how education is important and how with education you can become anything you want. Earl wants to become a dentist, and Buddy talks about the many different types of jobs he can become (hot dog vendor, police officer, etc.). Then, after packing their supplies, they are off to the school in Meredith’s room. Then the story quickly changes to where Meredith has to leave the room, and Earl takes over and has Buddy take classes in tail chasing and more. And at the end Earl awards Buddy a special award.
Like most children’s books, the story is kept simple and short, though this book is more for parents to read to kids than just for young kids to read on their own. It is not the best; it feels a bit clunky at times, especially in the transitions between the different scenes. I would say this is average and probably best to be read when your child is ready to start school.
Maureen Fergus, illus. by Carey Sookocheff