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Bud, Not Buddy [Paperback]

Christopher Paul Curtis
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Jan. 8 2002

It’s 1936, in Flint, Michigan, and when 10-year-old Bud decides to hit the road to find his father, nothing can stop him.

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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bud Not Buddy June 3 2004
By A Customer
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!
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By Amelia
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Slippery Slope March 23 2004
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This is a series of books about the three Baudelaire children, whose name are Klaus, Sunny, and Violet. They are rich orphans and stalking Count Olaf. Count Olaf is an evil man trying to get the Baudelaire fortune. This book leaves off from the ninth book in the series. At the end of the ninth book Count Olaf had kidnapped Sunny and had left Klaus and Violet up in the Mortain Mountains. In this story the Baudelaires are trying to escape from Count Olaf and his troupes, find their sister, and try to find one of their parents. They have to dodge a runaway caravan and try to get up a slippery slope filled with chunks of ice. Violet and Klaus meet Quigley Quagmire who is an orphan just like them and helps them through the Mortain Mountains to find their sister. In the end, oh yeah sorry you will have to read the book to figure out what happens. One thing I will tell you is has one remarkable ending.
My favorite quote of the book was when Esme, who is Olaf's girlfriend called the two Baudelaires"idiotic liars" for thinking that they were hogging the cigarettes. Actually the things that she thought were cigarettes were Verdant flammable Devices. They are green sticks that make a lot of smoke when people light them, so people could communicate up in the mountains. This was my favorite quote because Esme thought the devices were cigarettes, so that proved she was dumb.
This was such a great book that I would lend it to anyone who knew how to read. I would even lend this book to a 6-year-old kid who barely knows how to read. But if he is a person who doesn't understand big words or tough words I don't think he would get the concept of this book. I defintely think this book was in my top 10 best books. The only problem I thought was wrong with this book is that I thought it added some extra details that didn't have to go in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Stevenson Feb. 28 2004
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Very nice! Prompt service. Will make a nice graduation gift for my niece this coming spring. One of my favourite books.
Published 8 months ago by Sandra Lafleur
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
It is a valuable book dealing with such social issues as racism, homelessness, poverty while still keeping an optimistic tone of affectionate comedy. Read more
Published on March 19 2007 by 19 Years Waiting
4.0 out of 5 stars A good short story.
I liked this book becuase it was a wonderful story about history(the Great deppresion) and a boy trying to find out who he was. Or rather, who his father was. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Emily Moon
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Blend of Mystery, History, and More!
"Bud Not Buddy" is the story of a young boy in the Great Depression whose mother has died, leaving him with what he believes to be a clue to his unknown father's identity: a flyer... Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by teachermd79
5.0 out of 5 stars My fav book
bud, not buddy is my favorite book. this book had me laughing and crying. i read it in like, the fourth grade and its still my fav book. i suggest this book to ne1!
Published on June 17 2004 by Keisha
3.0 out of 5 stars Bud, Not Buddy
I loved the Bud, Not Buddy book because I really liked the way Christofer Paul Curtis tells the story. He also describes well the characters. Read more
Published on June 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Bud-Not-Buddy
If you love mystery books, and at the same time fun books,read Bud-Not-Buddy. It is an enthusiastic book. It talkes about an orfan that faces very bad times. Read more
Published on June 3 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Bud, Not Buddy-Book Review
I think that Bud, Not Buddy is a litle bit nice and has some parts that are mysteries. Bud is one boy that is 10 years old and lives in an orphanage. Read more
Published on June 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Bud, Not Buddy
If you like mystery stories, and you want to laugh a little bit reading, you should read Bud Not Buddy. Read more
Published on June 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Bud, Not Buddy.
Although Bud is just a 10 year old, he has a big story to tell. That story includes vampires, hornets, mean old Herman E. Read more
Published on June 3 2004
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