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Buddy Is So Annoying


A tale of best friends, one a human child and one a very anthropomorphized boar named Buddy. The strong, expressive gouache paintings with an unusual palette of blue, brown and orange have a hip, contemporary look. Visually appealing and wryly amusing. 

—Kirkus Reviews


It's the brash expressive gouache paintings, with their unusual palette of blue, brown and orange, that provide the vibrant colour and comical expressions which carry this humorous and appealing story about the importance of friendship.

—Outside In World

                                                                                                   




A tale of best friends, one a human child and one a very anthropomorphized boar named Buddy.

The unnamed boy and the boar meet in kindergarten, and the young human immediately complains: “He’s annoying when he can’t keep up.” The strong, expressive gouache paintings with an unusual palette of blue, brown and orange have a hip, contemporary look. They depict the light-skinned redhead and the brown boar racing on scooters and in the swimming pool. The next double-page spread shows the two reaching out for the same piece of food with their chopsticks, and the text reads contradictorily: “He’s also annoying when he’s faster than me!” The two go through the fights that any two boys have, over possessions, fishing competitions, games, and even who can pee farther. Occasional graphic sequences advance the story clearly, mixing with full-page illustrations and double-page spreads. Some drama enters when Buddy goes on vacation and the boy really misses him. An illustration of Buddy in a beach chair with sunglasses and a cellphone reporting, “The waves here are three stories tall!,” opposite the boy lounging at home, trying to top this story, is very cool. The last pages feature thumbnail black-and-white watercolors of two boys growing older, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality. A Simplified Chinese version publishes simultaneously, featuring simplified characters and transliterated text directly above the characters. A glossary and a sequence of thumbnail reproductions of the illustrations accompanied by the English text rounds out the package.

Visually appealing and wryly amusing. (Picture book. 4-6)

—Kirkus Reviews


Buddy is So Annoying is a charming, quirky tale about friendship. The young boy narrator finds his friend Buddy, (an anthropomorphised boar), intensely annoying; they’ve known each other since the first day at kindergarten. Buddy is annoying when he can’t keep up and when he’s faster; annoying when he talks and when he doesn’t. In fact, there are lots of annoying things about Buddy. But when he goes away on holiday, his friend soon realises that however annoying he is, he still wouldn’t be without him. 

Chinese author and illustration Wenzheng Fu’s story has a simple and straightforward text, translated by Adam Lanphier, but it’s the brash expressive gouache paintings, with their unusual palette of blue, brown and orange, that provide the vibrant colour and comical expressions which carry this humorous and appealing story about the importance of friendship.

—Outside In World