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No Buddy Like a Book


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Allan Wolf is the author of many award-winning books for children and teens, including The Day the Universe Exploded My Head and The Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other Poems About Our Parts. Before the publication of No Buddy Like a Book, Allan Wolf frequently recited the text of the poem for educators and students, to avid response. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Brianne Farley is the author-illustrator of Secret Tree Fort and Ike's Incredible Ink. Her work has appeared in McSweeney's, the New York Times, and elsewhere. Brianne Farley lives and works in Traverse City, Michigan.


A journey into the cosmos contained in books and the adventures they provide for readers...Farley's illustrations are endearing and captivating, bringing newly imagined worlds to life through colorful illustrations. A most striking spread shows the night sky, with both known and new constellations filling the page. The trope of opening a book that reveals ideas, excitement, and new experiences within has been explored before, but Wolf's interpretation feels refreshed by both catchy rhymes and a cast of characters diverse in race, gender, age, and ability. A sweet reminder of the worlds held within books and our power to play in them.
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

In this snappy addition to the shelf of book-extolling books, Wolf (The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep) supplies a string of examples showing how books can teach and enlighten...Wolf's playful tone keeps the loosely associated episodes powering forward. Sturdy, stubby-nosed characters by Farley, meanwhile, beguile, and fantasy landscapes divert, including a wondrous spread that reimagines the constellations.
-Publishers Weekly

Featured in a roundup of "5 New Titles to Pick Up Now,"
-Parents Magazine

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