Buddy

Based on the True Story of Gertrude Lintz

Buddy

Illustrated by: William Joyce
For Ages: 5 - 9
Get to know the gorilla who was raised like a human in this “captivating” (School Library Journal) picture book classic inspired by a true story from the brilliant mind that brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Gertrude Lintz loved animals. And she had dozens, never mind that she lived in New York City. But one baby was her favorite, and she took care of this baby just like any other mother would. Except there was one difference: The baby was actually a baby gorilla named Buddy. Gertrude raises Buddy like a civilized human, but can—or, rather, should—wild animals be civilized? Based on the true story of Gertrude Lintz, the most famous dog breeder of the 1930s, Buddy is a moving, high-spirited adventure about a gorilla’s life in the city, and how the urban jungle can’t really compare to a real one.
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 48 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481489614 | 
  • June 2018 | 
  • Grades K - 4 | 
  • Lexile ® 740L
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About the Author

William Joyce
photograph (c) Tony Reans

William Joyce

William Joyce does a lot of stuff but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The NumberlysRolie Polie OlieDinosaur Bob, George Shrinks, and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also his Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana. Talk to William Joyce and look at upcoming work at @HeyBillJoyce on Twitter and Instagram.

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