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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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    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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    Joanne Clark Geneva Switzerland 04-10-10
    Joanne Clark Geneva Switzerland 04-10-10 Member Since 2008
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    "A laugh-out-loud experience"

    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.

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    C. Theimer Ohio 03-24-08
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    "A fun read"

    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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