©1999 Christopher Paul Curtis; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.; Cover Illustration ©1999 Ernie Norcia
"The cast of characters, presented with endless variations in voicing, is authentic and memorable." (AudioFile)
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!!!
Bud, not Buddy had both my 11-year-old son and me laughing out loud. Bud's overactive imagination gets him into some wild antics, not to mention some dangerous experiences. His fears, vampires and monsters that are able to do illogical feats, resonated with those of my son, and made him laugh at their absurdity. The story also offered a great launching point for discussions on the impact of the Great Depression, as well as racism and segregation in the USA. The author/reader has a great voice that brings each of the characters to life.
This was a fun book, much better than I expected. I actually laughed and cried out loud, which I rarely do with audiobooks.
The mystery part was not hard to solve, but then it IS supposed to a a children's book.
It gave me a feel for a part of history that I hadn't thought much about. I especially liked the author's comments at the end.
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