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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (Sept. 7 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385323069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385323062
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 302 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #354,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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As in his Newbery Honor-winning debut, The Watsons Go to BirminghamA1963, Curtis draws on a remarkable and disarming mix of comedy and pathos, this time to describe the travails and adventures of a 10-year-old African-American orphan in Depression-era Michigan. Bud is fed up with the cruel treatment he has received at various foster homes, and after being locked up for the night in a shed with a swarm of angry hornets, he decides to run away. His goal: to reach the man heAon the flimsiest of evidenceAbelieves to be his father, jazz musician Herman E. Calloway. Relying on his own ingenuity and good luck, Bud makes it to Grand Rapids, where his "father" owns a club. Calloway, who is much older and grouchier than Bud imagined, is none too thrilled to meet a boy claiming to be his long-lost son. It is the other members of his bandASteady Eddie, Mr. Jimmy, Doug the Thug, Doo-Doo Bug Cross, Dirty Deed Breed and motherly Miss ThomasAwho make Bud feel like he has finally arrived home. While the grim conditions of the times and the harshness of Bud's circumstances are authentically depicted, Curtis shines on them an aura of hope and optimism. And even when he sets up a daunting scenario, he makes readers laughAfor example, mopping floors for the rejecting Calloway, Bud pretends the mop is "that underwater boat in the book Momma read to me, Twenty Thousand Leaks Under the Sea." Bud's journey, punctuated by Dickensian twists in plot and enlivened by a host of memorable personalities, will keep readers engrossed from first page to last. Ages 9-12. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By A Customer on June 3 2004
Format: Paperback
In this book, Curtis was able to capture the good side of having courage to go ahead with one's plans and ideas. Curtis also used lots of adjectives to describe the scenes of the story. By that, we feel as though we are living the story while we read it. The book tells the story of an orphan boy, who decides to go looking for his father, after seing a picture of Herman E. Calloway that his mother left him. While looking for his father, he goes through lots of messy things and adventures. One part I liked, was when he had his first kiss with Deza Malone and when he finally met Herman. Some parts I thought were boring, such as the parts in which he kept on remembering what happenned to him in the past. I only think, that it has some hard words. I think kids from 10 years old on, will be able to read it, and also people that like living and feeling what the characters feel. I think it also make's people curious about what will happen. Bud Not Buddy is a very good book!
Micaela.
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This Newberry Award winning novel is about a very resourceful ten-year-old boy named Bud. His mother has been dead for four years, leaving Bud to be shuffled from foster home to orphanage to foster home. Among the things his mother left are some flyers advertising about Herman E. Calloway and his band. Bud is convinced that Herman is his father, and means to get himself from Flint, Michigan to Grand Rapids to meet Herman.
Bud is an intelligent, clever child. In the four years he has been an orphan he has learned a great deal of useful information about how to survive. Bud has a number of bits of wisdom he calls "Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself." These rules are insightful, often laugh-out-loud funny, and will remind many readers of what life is like as a child. Like all people, Bud has found himself in situations where he felt the need to hide the truth, giving rise to Rule Number Three: "If you got to tell a lie, make sure it's simple and easy to remember."
Bud, Not Buddy is sprinkled with details about the Great Depression. Bud waits in food lines, spends the night in a Hooverville, learns about the formation of Unions, and hears talk all around about how hard times are. These details are presented without a great deal of explanation, which could be confusing to the young reader. However, any possible befuddlement about the setting is redeemed many times over by the sheer fun of spending time with Bud.
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By A Customer on Feb. 28 2004
Format: Paperback
The novel is an exciting adventure that you go on through the entire book. I like how he can take care of himself. Bud was brave when trying to find his father. The Great Depression was a sad time for a lot of people in the USA. The economic system went down. Segregation was still going on in the 1930's. The author explains on how Bud had a difficult time growing up. Bud lost his mother and his favorite librarian has moved. At the foster home Bud was having trouble with the family that was supposed to be taking care of him. Bud didnt know anyone else to turn to. Bud went to Grand Rapids to try and find his missing father. Christopher Paul Curtis introduced his two grandfathers in the book. He showed how they got gigs. They had to put other peoples names, so they wouldnt back out of the deal. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and suspense.
The author had to learn a lot about his grand parents before he wrote the book. He thought that Herman E. Calloway and Lefty Lewis reminded him of his grand parents.
Bud had went somewhere were people were having the same problems. Hooverville looked out for Bud and his friend Bugs. They have food and they shared with them. They also had shelter and they let them stay there before they tried to leave.
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WHen ym fifth grade teacher, angry at me for not handing in my book report, she insisted that I read another book and do ANOTHER book report . . . and pushed BUd, Not Buddy into my hands. When I sullenly sat down at my desk to read it . . . I didn't stop, not even for lunhc. I might not have stopped to go home, but I was finished by that time.
Bud, Not Buddy tells the story of a "wiry, not skinny' 10 year old black orphan, Bud (not Buddy) Caldwell in Michigan in the 1930s, the midst of the Great Depression. When his orphanage 'the Home' put him in an abusive foster home, after one night Bud goes 'on the lam' with his friend Bugs, from Flint to the city of Grand Rapids to find the man he believes is his father, due to his deceased mother's actions while she was alive. When Bugs makes it on the train to Chicago and Bud doesn't, he watches the policemen destroy the Flint Hooverville before continuing on his way. He decides he's just going to have to walk to Grand Rapids, and at the library, after some assistance from a kind librarian, finds out how long it would take him to walk to Grand Rapids from Flint (24 hours). He sets out, and as he comes to his first city, Owosso, he meets up with Mr. 'Lefty' Lewis who, after some fierce interrogating and a minor incident with the car, in which Bud tried to hijack it out of fear, offers Bud a ride. When Bud finally gets to Grand Rapids, he discovers the musician he thought was his father was 'a mean old coot with a big belly' and not his father. When the other members of the band find out about Bud, they invite him to join and a few days later, Bud finds out that herman E. Calloway is not his father . . . but close.
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