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Everybody Needs a Buddy

Written by Ellen Jackson & illustrated by Maddie Frost
Published by Little Simon
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Goodreads Rating - 3.9 / 5.0
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Everybody needs a buddy, whether clean or green or muddy! Everybody needs a friend, true and blue who’s not pretend. If a baby’s on the ground, elephants will gather round. Trying hard to help him stand, friendly trunks can lend a hand. This charming board book about friendship highlights the ways animals care for each other! Sweet, silly, and all true, these friendships are described in ways that children will understand. With perfect rhyming text from Ellen Jackson and bright illustrations from Maddie Frost, it’s very clear: everybody needs a buddy!

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The Notorious RAD
Mom of 1. Wife to 1. #1.
5.0 / 7.0

Fun cantor and modern illustrations

Readerly Mom
Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader
4.5 / 7.0

This cute little board book is great for preschoolers who like to really explore a book. It’s chock-full of animals to identify (from bats to ants to elephants), verbs to act out (from dance to purr to conquer) and adjectives to notice (from muddy to rough to itchy). There’s not much of a story to it, which would be a turn-off for my kindergartener, but the animals, bright colors, and rich action words would make it ideal for my high-energy two-year-old!

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
5.25 / 7.0

Darling and colorful illustrations, paired with simple rhymes, share the sweet ways animal friends help each other out. I like it’s educational factor, incorporating real ways animals care for each other, while not really feeling like a non-fiction book.

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Who Wrote Everybody Needs a Buddy

Ellen Jackson

Ellen Jackson is the award-winning author of more than fifty-five fiction and nonfiction books for children, including The Mysterious Universe (a Golden Kite honor book) and Earth Mother (which garnered three starred reviews). She lives with her husband and dog in Santa Barbara, California.

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Who Illustrated Everybody Needs a Buddy

Maddie Frost

MADDIE FROST quickly discovered a love and talent for scanning paper then digitally cutting the pieces into layers. Her results are rich and textured, whimsical and fun, and oh-so-perfect for young readers. Maddie lives outside of Boston with her husband and her dog. Visit

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Publication Date:
October 15, 2019

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