Buddy and Earl by Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Carey Sookocheff
This is a sweet and funny picture book about the friendship between a dog named Buddy and a hedgehog named Earl. Buddy is good-natured and follows the rules while Earl is adventurous and not too worried about rules. The two complement one another and have a lot of fun together while being loyal and true to each other. This first book in the series introduces Earl to Buddy. Their friendship is warm and their adventures are exciting and fun. Buddy and Earl Go Exploring is the second book in the series, also recommended.