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Bud, Not Buddy Mass Market Paperback – September 14, 2004
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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.
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Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The perfect, happy ending is such a delight and reminds me of the more innocent children's chapter books I was reading 30 years ago. I do love the tough, real-life books available now and tend to read those as a rule, but a book like this, as well written as it is, is a welcome change once in awhile.
The story is about a young man growing up in Flint, MI. during the Depression. Bud is an orphan during some very tough times. Kids will be entertained by his rules for a happy life. And everyone will smile as he describes Bud drinking a bottle of soda.
It is both touching and humorous. I would highly recommend this book to students.
BUD, NOT BUDDY is a great book for older elementary and middle school students to read. It touches upon all sorts of issues that are both historical (the Great Depression, Hoovervilles, hobos) and current (racism, KKK). The book is told from Bud's point of view, but is never condescending. Christopher Paul Curtis captures the feel and imagination of a child storyteller perfectly. A charming book to read, full of historical insight and youthful imagination.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Young Bud sneaks out from a foster home in 1939 in search of his father, whom he believes to be a well-known Grand Rapids jazz man. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Zip Reference
I bought this for a summer reading project for a 10 year old student who is a little behind on her reading level. I, of course, read it first. It was great! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle
My 9 yo daughter was reading this at school and some parents were concerned. We decided to read along with her and loved the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BG
Bud, Not Buddy is overflowing with genuine laughs, some real life sad cries and about as much history as you can fit in from a kid's perspective and still make an effortlessly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jules Danger Fox