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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.; 1999 Ernie Norcia; 16 9

Critic Reviews

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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  • Dionne
  • Katy, TX, USA
  • 02-21-09

Great Family Audio

My family and I listned to this book on a short road trip. My boys 6 and 9 loved it as did my husband who does not normally listen to audio books. The narration is wonderful. The story telling is sharp and funny. This is a very easy book to enjoy again and again. In fact both my boys have already played it a secound time just for the fun of it. Absolutely 5 stars!

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  • Robert
  • Scottsdale, AZ, USA
  • 05-20-05

Bud, Not Buddy

This is my favorite book in the world, its breathtaking, adventurious, depressing and elating all at the same time. you read this book (or listen to this book) you won't be sorry I guarantee!
Age 10

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Loved this story!

This is a great story! I was touched by Bud's steely determination and drive to find his true father. The book is well-written and will have you laughing, hoping, and crying. The way everything works out makes this a must-listen.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Still one of my top 10 favorites after 14 years

This book was even better than I remembered! I had to read this in the 5th grade and I loved getting to listen to Bud's story again for the first time in 14 years. I appreciate his struggle and of the people around him more than I did back then. It's an amazing story to lose yourself in and the narrator was perfect. I felt like I was sitting in a room with Mr. Bud Caldwell listening to him recount his childhood. I couldn't stop smiling most of the time I listened.

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Great story, great story-telling!

Such a great story!! I wish I had read this when I was 10 or 11. I would have so enjoyed it. The writing was amazing. So funny, entertaining, poignant. So creative. And had bits of actual Depression-era history thrown in. And the narration could not have been more perfect! A+!!!!!!!

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  • Carolyn
  • Connellys Springs, NC, United States
  • 06-10-07

Wonderful

This was a great book to listen to with the kids, funny and touching. We have listened to this one more than once. Definately worth a credit!

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Bud not Buddy

We listened to this just after Holes and The Giver, which are also good. At first I didn't think it was as good as those. It doesn't have a complex plot and the writing is rather plain. The truth about Bud's background isn't hard to figure out either. So much for my adult ears because my kids really liked it. So after giving it another listen, I changed my mind about it. Any child who listens is going to be comforted by the happy ending and the straight forward story telling. Through the eyes of a child, a great story.

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Excellent story and narration!

It's a great story! Touches on a lot of issues in the US during the Great Depression, great for kids! The narrator does a great job of changing voices for characters :)

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Overall

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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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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