Mrs. Cunningham is bringing her baby for a visit! But Buddy and Earl are not prepared for the chaos the small and adorable creature brings with him.
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.
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
In their third outing, Buddy the dog and Earl the hedgehog contend with a new arrival when a friend comes to visit with her baby. After the toddler wreaks havoc in the house, they are less than impressed: "Babies are not small and adorable," wails Earl. "They are large and horrible!" But when the baby escapes its "cage" (playpen), Earl's disdain turns to concern. Older siblings who are intimately familiar with baby-related chaos will be in stitches over Earl's imagined worst-case scenarios ("The baby could be in Meredith's room trying to swim across a swamp full of poisonous snakes!") as the animals race to save a day that doesn't actually need saving. Ages 4 7.