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Bud, Not Buddy | [Christopher Paul Curtis]

Bud, Not Buddy

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.
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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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    Barbara Berg 05-20-15 Member Since 2014
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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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    Moe Oakland, CA, United States 05-12-15
    Moe Oakland, CA, United States 05-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Whoop Zoop Sloop! I just fell into this tale."

    The genius of this book is how relatable childhood is no matter the time, race or place. I liked how Bud's interaction with the adults around him set off the time and vibe of the Great Depression. His adventures are your education. Easy, G-rated, listen. Some sad times, lots of hope, a little back wash...nice over all ride

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    Julie 04-10-15
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    "Enjoyable for all ages."

    Very good. Though this is geared toward younger readers, I listened to it with my parents who are in their late 60s and I'm in my 30s and we enjoyed it. Great visual language and the actor reading it brought all the characters to life. We're from Michigan and loved learning some local history too.

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    tammy 01-10-15
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    "Great Story ! Loved this book. Exciting,"

    Exciting funny , and heart touching. I couldnt put it down. It is one of the best books I have read.

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    Wanda 01-02-15
    Wanda 01-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story. Very well told."

    IHumorous and heartwarming. I listened to this audio book with my 11 year-old grandson and we both enjoyed it tremendously!

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    Jen Ozkan 07-28-14
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    "Fabulous story and performance"
    If you could sum up Bud, Not Buddy in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, heartfelt and surprising


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bud, Not Buddy?

    I loved the twist at the end! superb!


    Which character – as performed by James Avery – was your favorite?

    Bud not Buddy :)


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

    I loved this book. As a 5th grade teacher I really think this book will appeal to my students because it seems as if a 10 year old is truly telling the story. It is really for a YA audience but adults may enjoy it too.


    Any additional comments?

    you have to check this out!

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    Trishia Amarillo, TX, United States 11-14-11
    Trishia Amarillo, TX, United States 11-14-11
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    "Wonderful voice!"

    My class enjoyed ever second of this book. It was fun to follow along with the amazing voice, music, and sound effects.

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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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