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Bud, Not Buddy Audiobook

Bud, Not Buddy [Audiobook]

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Publisher's Summary

It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and 10-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud's got a few things going for him. One: He has his own suitcase filled with his own important, secret things. Two: He's the author of Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself. Three: His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers of Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression! Bud's got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him - not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself. Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal winner, is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters, hitting the high notes of jazz and sounding the deeper tones of the Great Depression.

©1999 Christopher Paul Curtis; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.; Cover Illustration ©1999 Ernie Norcia

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Medal Winner, 2000
  • Audie Award Nominee, Children's Titles for Ages 8+, 2001

"The cast of characters, presented with endless variations in voicing, is authentic and memorable." (AudioFile)

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    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!!!

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    monique demery 06-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Touching and funny"

    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.

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    Barbara Berg 05-20-15
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    "Read with my 4th grade class and they loved it!"

    My 4th grade students learned so much about history and life during the depression in this intriguing story!

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    Timara Westerville, OH, United States 04-09-12
    Timara Westerville, OH, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "What a great story!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bud, Not Buddy to be better than the print version?

    Yes! The Narration is wonderful and I love the Jazz music that plays along in the background before and after the chapters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about James Avery’s performance did you 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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This made me laugh,made me a little sad, and made me happy!!


    Any additional comments?

    My son enjoyed this book tremendously!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    antonio HEARNE, TX, United States 09-23-11
    antonio HEARNE, TX, United States 09-23-11
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    "Awesome Classroom Story!!!"

    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!!

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    Vida High Ridge, MO, United States 07-20-11
    Vida High Ridge, MO, United States 07-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Not just for kids"

    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.

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    Susan Kinston, AL, United States 12-21-10
    Susan Kinston, AL, United States 12-21-10
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    "Boys will LOVE this!"

    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!!!

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    Bilyili 08-31-12
    Bilyili 08-31-12
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    "Impressive performance"
    What did you like best about Bud, Not Buddy? What did you like least?

    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.


    What could Christopher Paul Curtis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make up a better story.


    What does James Avery bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything, the voices, intonation, accent, characters… excellent job!


    Do you think Bud, Not Buddy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tired teacher Martinsburg, WV 08-07-16
    Tired teacher Martinsburg, WV 08-07-16 Member Since 2012

    Former middle school teacher. small business owner.

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    "You will fall in love with this character"
    If you could sum up Bud, Not Buddy in three words, what would they be?

    Resilient, Brave, and funny


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does James Avery bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is perfect for this story. He brings each character to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book in one sitting and then listened again the next day.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    LauraKent 06-16-16
    LauraKent 06-16-16

    Laura

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    "Loved everything about it!!"

    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.

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