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. Volume XXII Number 1. . . .September 4, 2015
On a lonely afternoon, Buddy suddenly finds himself with a new playmate named Earl. But what, exactly, is Earl? As Buddy tries to figure out if this new prickly pet is a race car or maybe even a giraffe, his loneliness slips away and the guessing game turns into an afternoon of fun with a great new friend.
The illustrations by Carey Sookocheff are a perfect fit for Fergus’s style of storytelling. Using muted colours and a simple design style, Sookocheff captures the day-to-day, quiet atmosphere of Buddy’s home. But as he and Earl start imagining, the illustrations show the living room turning into an ocean, and the shoebox Earl came in changing into a sailor’s hat atop Buddy’s head. The transformations are subtle as the colour-scheme doesn’t change (the carpet, for instance, is the same shade of blue as the ocean it turns into), and certain objects, such as the living room couch, always remain even in the midst of their play. This style of illustrating both the reality and fantasy of the friends’ game creates a wonderful visual accompaniment to the text, making it obvious Buddy and Earl are only pretending, while still allowing readers the chance to immerse themselves in the adventure.
Meredith Cleversey is a librarian in Cambridge, ON. She loves to read, write, and live in a world of pure imagination.
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