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Bud, Not Buddy [Mass Market Paperback]

Christopher Paul Curtis
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Sept. 14 2004 Readers Circle (Laurel-Leaf)

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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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Feb. 28 2014
Format:School & Library Binding|Verified Purchase
Very nice! Prompt service. Will make a nice graduation gift for my niece this coming spring. One of my favourite books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful March 19 2007
Format:Hardcover
It is a valuable book dealing with such social issues as racism, homelessness, poverty while still keeping an optimistic tone of affectionate comedy. Bud goes through his difficult life of a foster child with an open mind, creating his list of survival rules. He is on a mission of finding his father...

Another good read for this age bracket (9 to 12) is a series of 4 books titled "Why Some Cats are Rascals." - Very inspiring and optimistic stories...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good short story. July 5 2004
Format:Paperback
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. he ends up traveling with a band and finding more than he bargained for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Blend of Mystery, History, and More! June 23 2004
Format:Paperback
"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 for a band featuring bass player Herman Calloway. When Bud exhausts other options to finding a happy home, he listens to his mother's advice ("When one door closes, another one opens") and heads to Grand Rapids to find his father. Bud's naive nature and vivid imagination lead to many humorous moments and observations along the way. Readers find themselves constantly guessing about Herman Calloway's relationship to Bud and trying to put the artfully-inserted clues together. While Bud is surprised when he finds out the truth, he ends up learning a great deal about his mother, his past, human nature, and what it really means to belong. The book is an excellent introduction to the Great Depression, while at the same time interesting readers with a likeable character and excellent mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My fav book June 17 2004
By Keisha
Format:Paperback
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!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bud, Not Buddy June 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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. The only thing that I didn't like is that sometimes the book gets real boring... It starts talking about other things which they don't interest you...
I LOVED the ending of the book... I thought it was real sweet! When I started reading it I thought it was boring, til' I got to the ending which I loved. I thought that the part that he stays in his mothers room without knowing was realy sweet! I loved it! And I also thought really funny the part that he always says that his name is not Buddy, but yes Bud!!!
I think that 10 or 11 year old readers should read the book, and also they need to be really patient because the story goes really slow...
But I sugest the book for all types of people 'cause it teaches you a lot of things!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bud-Not-Buddy June 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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. It includes a boy that tries to put a pencil in Bud`s nose, and a vey bad and evil vampire. But what Bud really wants is to find his father, that is a famos musician, but he just knows the name of the band, that is ""The Dusky Devators of Depression", and of course his father's name, that is Herman E. Calloway. Bud-Not-Buddy is a very funny book. This is one of Chistophers Paul Curtis famous book, that also has some parts of his other book, Bud Caldwell's Rules for having a funner Life and Making a Better Liar out of Yourself. Read Bud-Not-Buddy and never forget things about life.
Daniela
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bud, Not Buddy-Book Review June 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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. He ran away from the orphanage and from some houses that he 'lives'. I think that's it.
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