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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

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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Audible Masterpiece!

My daughter and I loved listening to this book on our car rides. Interesting characters, beautiful narration. Highly recommend!

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Loved it

The book was awesome!!!!!! Can there be another book, like bud not buddy 2. Thank you for an awesome book.

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Laugh out loud funny!

My kids and my husband and I all loved this charming little book! We all giggled and laughed together. Great book to keep the whole family engaged!

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Great Book

A wonderful entertaining story. Perfect for young teens to get a look at another time.

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Why no chapters???

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The book's sections to not align with the chapters in the book. I like to use the audio book to help students who have been absent catch up to our reading and it has been a pain to go through and create my own bookmarks at the chapter marks.

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Best book ever

Read this book to everyone. It's so important and sweet and funny. You'll laugh you'll cry you'll wanna be Bud's friend.

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a must listen

If you could sum up Bud, Not Buddy in three words, what would they be?

listen to this with our 12 and 14 year old sons and we loved it.<br/>great, colorful characters making the best in a difficult time.<br/>The dialogue and narration are perfect.<br/><br/>

What other book might you compare Bud, Not Buddy to and why?

it was written in 1999 but feels like a classic.<br/>Rascal, by Sterling North, is set 20 years earlier but is also a story of a boy one summer.

Have you listened to any of James Avery’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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

both. some tears and LOTs of laughs at Bud's no nonsense narration about the fact of life.<br/>

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Amazing

What a treat of a historical fiction. Amazing narration, this tale gives us a view of the depression from the orphans perspective.

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Disappointed!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I am using this audible to act as a read-aloud. James Avery is wonderful, the music is fun, and the kids love the story. However, it is so difficult to find individual chapters. The sections and chapters never seem to match up on any audibles I have purchased. I am not able to go back and replay parts of the text. Chapters 2, 3, and 4 are all in section 2???? So confusing! When will the sections match the actual chapters? I ended up just reading Chapter 3 today because I could not find it again once I logged out of Audible and went back to Section 2.

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Great story

We really enjoyed this book. This is a great book to read with kids. Entertaining way to learn some history.