This is a very good clean story!!! Good for young people. The narration was exceptional!! Very good job!!! I will listen to this story again!! And someday have my children listen to it!!!
My whole family (including a 9 year old boy and 7 year old girl) enjoyed listening to Bud. We were touched and inspired as he made his way through the hardscrabble years of the Depression, learning something about this hard time in American history- laughing and crying along the way.
Yes! The Narration is wonderful and I love the Jazz music that plays along in the background before and after the chapters.
The mood of the era is set well and the characters are well described. You could almost imagine what the scenes from each chapter would look like.
Bravo Mr. Avery!! He really gave a good sense of the characters of the story. This along with the music that played, really makes the reader feel as if they are watching a movie.
This made me laugh,made me a little sad, and made me happy!!
My son enjoyed this book tremendously!
Great story!!! I used it this past year with my 6th Grade class, and they loved it!!!! They were so interested in it, that the staff members began to read it. I love the book; although, I hadn't read anything else by Christopher Paul Curtis, I can firmly state that he is a GREAT author!!
I purchased this book when my granddaughter (age 11) and I had to drive to a distant town that was a 6 hour round trip. As we started to drive and I started the book, she was thrilled because she said her class at school had just listened to it this year and she loved it. I really enjoyed it myself, too. The narrator did a great job and was easy to listen to.
My sixth grade class read/listened to this book together. Many students actually groaned about the cover initially and said that "it looked like something depressing." BUT after the narrator started reading, the students actually begged to be the first in the room to pass out books---- before the tardy bell! The students (especially my boys) were so consumed by little Bud's life after listening to the first chapter. This book is a great read for discussing characterization, author's choices and a bit of history on the depression. Everyone in the class agreed that the narrator of the recording made the story seem alive and interesting from the very beginning. It was priceless to watch a whole room turning the pages at exactly the same time. My hearing impaired learner even applauded the recording saying that it was incredibly clear and easy to understand. Beautifully done---- I highly recommend this book!!!
The performance was sooo good that I had the feeling that I am watching a movie. I wouldn’t have imaging it as vivid and colorful as the performance made it. The story was average and predictable.
Make up a better story.
Everything, the voices, intonation, accent, characters… excellent job!
If this book was made to just make the foundations for the characters, then would be expected the next book to be the real story. If the author has a story to tell then it would be good to write it.
Former middle school teacher. small business owner.
Resilient, Brave, and funny
The best part of the book though is the character Bud. You can't help but love this smart, funny, boy who has lost so much but stands up again every time life knocks him down again.
The author manages to give you a snap shot of the Great Depression during it's worst years- Hoovervilles, bread lines, homelessness, hunger, unemployment. The characters face survive this and never loose their dignity or hope. It is their love for their children and families that keep them going.
The story should be depressing. But instead it's one of the funniest books I've ever read. .ie. Bud has a list of rules he follows called, "Bud Caldwell's list for having a funner life and making a better liar of yourself." ie. Bud tries to take off in a car when he mistakenly believes the man who has stopped to help him is a vampire. (He is transporting blood in bottles). You will laugh all the way through this book.
The narrator is perfect for this story. He brings each character to life.
I listened to this book in one sitting and then listened again the next day.
I taught middle school English. This book is between a 4th and 5th grade level. It would be appropriate for 6th graders as the first book covered in the school year or could be used for students below grade level at higher grades.
I loved this story! I'm a mom of 3 kids, and this made me laugh out loud, cry, and held my attention the entire book. It's not just for kids!! I want more just like it.