Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Buddy and Earl Go To School, written by Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Carey Sookocheff. Groundwood Books, 2017. $16.95 ages 5 and up
Oh, I am happy to see these astute and funny characters back for another adventure. Meredith, like me when I was young, loves organizing to 'play' school. Buddy and Earl will be attending, whether they are inclined to be there or not.
Earl thinks it's going to be great! After all, the hedgehog harbors his own aspirations for dentistry. Buddy doesn't see being a dentist in his future but he can see the advantages to being educated, thanks to Earl's encouragement. Their 'power' breakfast will have kids hooting. Now, they must gather what they need for a happy and purposeful school day.
Upon arrival in the classroom, Earl is concerned with the other students' lack of sociability. Reassured that it has nothing to do with him, he soon shows his own disinterest in the schooling itself. When Meredith is called away to attend a 'staff' meeting, Earl is put in charge.
"Then, in a voice filled with emotion, he said,
"You know, I've always dreamed of being a teacher."
"I thought you had always dreamed of being a
dentist, Earl," said Buddy.
"I prefer to be called Professor," said Earl stiffly.
"Okay, Professor," said Buddy."
Earl is an inspiring teacher, motivating Buddy to excel in all aspects of his personal learning - Sniffing Things, Tail Chasing, and Scratching Itches. A hastily called assembly brings a big surprise.
Carey Sookocheff imbues her illustrations with the humor we have come to expect from these very expressive and appealing friends. Fans will be happy to meet up with them again.