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"It's funny how ideas are, in a lot of ways they're just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small and then... woop, zoop, sloop... before you can say Jack Robinson, they've gone and grown a lot bigger than you ever thought they could." So figures scrappy 10-year-old philosopher Bud--"not Buddy"--Caldwell, an orphan on the run from abusive foster homes and Hoovervilles in 1930s Michigan. And the idea that's planted itself in his head is that Herman E. Calloway, standup-bass player for the Dusky Devastators of the Depression, is his father.
Guided only by a flier for one of Calloway's shows--a small, blue poster that had mysteriously upset his mother shortly before she died--Bud sets off to track down his supposed dad, a man he's never laid eyes on. And, being 10, Bud-not-Buddy gets into all sorts of trouble along the way, barely escaping a monster-infested woodshed, stealing a vampire's car, and even getting tricked into "busting slob with a real live girl." Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963, once again exhibits his skill for capturing the language and feel of an era and creates an authentic, touching, often hilarious voice in little Bud. (Ages 8 to 12) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A 10-year-old boy in Depression-era Michigan sets out to find the man he believes to be his father. "While the harshness of Bud's circumstances are authentically depicted, Curtis imbues them with an aura of hope, and he makes readers laugh even when he sets up the most daunting scenarios," said PW in our Best Books citation. Ages 9-12.
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Great book to do book reports on. Story very detailed.Published 3 days ago by Harry Perry Stephens Jr
Got for my grand-daugter for her required reading summer for school. She finished and wanted to read the other ones. Says a lot for a young one that doesn't read a lot.Published 4 days ago by Nancy F. Tolles
This is a lovely book recommended for my granddaughter summer reading and I read it too, nice story so vividly described.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very engrossing story. A good look at a time in our history that doesn't always get much attention. I am always looking for books that will engage reluctant readers.Published 13 days ago by gma
Great book, highly recommended. 9 year old had to read it for school and loved it!Published 22 days ago by RiDaveAmazon