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Bud, Not Buddy

by Christopher Paul Curtis

Random House Children's Books | September 14, 2004 | Mass Market Paperbound

Bud, Not Buddy is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14.

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.




From the Trade Paperback edition.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 288 pages, 6.84 × 4.25 × 0.75 in

Published: September 14, 2004

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553494104

ISBN - 13: 9780553494105

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The best book I am writing a review about a book called BUD NOT BUDDY it is really amazing . it talks about a boy who is without mom or dad. It also tells how bad foster homes could be. Things I liked about the book: It is interesting It has details, evidence, and problem It could be for all ages Things I did not like about the book: It becomes boring at some points It has many details It has no pictures I would encourage everyone to read this book and you can read it your family, friends and son or daughter. have details problem and evidence the book could be for all ages
Date published: 2013-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from has a certain charm but several questionable elements It is 1936, in the midst of the Great Depression, and ten-year-old Bud Caldwell lives in Flint, MI. His mother, who always said that his name is Bud, not Buddy, never told him anything about his father, but she kept a bunch of fliers about a musician and band-leader named Herman E. Calloway of Grand Rapids, MI, and Bud fantasizes that Calloway must be his father. Unfortunately, Bud’s mother died four years earlier, and Bud has been in and out of the orphanage and various foster homes, the latest being the Amoses. Then when Todd Amos beats him up and Mrs. Amos decides to send him back to the orphanage for defending himself, Bud decides to run away to Grand Rapids to find his father. Will he make it? And what will he find if he gets there? Author Christopher Paul Curtis, who had received a Newbery honor in 1996 for The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 and later gained another in 2007 for Elijah of Buxton, said that while Bud, Not Buddy, which won the Newbery Medal in 2000, is fictional, many of the situations which Bud encounters are based on events which occurred during the 1930s and a couple of the characters are drawn from real people. Thus, the reader will learn about life for African-Americans in the Great Depression, including Hoovervilles, hobos, racism, the KKK, and jazz music. The book certainly has a charm about it and finds its way to a happy ending. However, there are some questionable aspects to the story which need at least to be noted. Though it is never mentioned out in the open, there is a constant underlying suggestion that Bud is an illegitimate child. And some people may not care for the pencil-up-the-nose and the shotgun-fantasy scenes. Also there are a few language issues. In addition to some common euphemisms and childish slang (dang, darn, gee, and pee), Bud says “doggoned” a lot—and I mean A LOT!—as well as “kiss my wrist” several times. And others use such “polite” profane interjections as sweet baby Jesus, Lord knows, for God’s sake, my Lord, by God, and Lord have mercy. But most troubling is the fact that deception is accepted as a means of survival with little consequence. In other words, Bud lies—again, A LOT! In fact, throughout the book are found several of “Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.” Some of these are funny and harmless, but rule number 3 is “If you got to tell a lie, make sure it’s simple and easy to remember.” One might argue that Bud doesn’t have parents to reinforce right from wrong, but many parents will cringe at a book which appears to endorse lying. As one friend noted, “I’m sure leaving that controversial content in helped it win the coveted Newbery Award.” So caution is recommended, and those who parent from a Biblical worldview will want to pre-read the book and discuss the objectionable elements with their children. For these reasons, I would not suggest it for anyone younger than ages twelve and up.
Date published: 2012-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC! This book is suspenceful and makes me want to read more. It organzies its ideas well and gives me a brief understanding of what its about. Bud not Buddy is a very appropriate book, that everyone can enjoy.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny, informative and a genuinely nice story to boot! My ten year old niece had read Bud, Not Buddy, recently, at school, and as I’m always interested to know what it is she’s being taught, I decided to pick it up. At first I was discouraged by the book as it seemed to deal with a rather depressing story of a young orphan during the depression era, who was acting out revenge upon a foster family that had mistreated him. While making a mental note to explain to her the errors of vengeful retribution, I continued on and was soon pleasantly surprised by the novel’s turn. Christopher Paul Curtis has created a beautiful piece of historical fiction that teaches a young reader about some of the issues that were plaguing the American population of the 30’s, as well as telling a heartwarming story about a young boys will and determination to find his estranged father. Along the way Curtis is able to share with us the trials and tribulations of racism, homelessness and labour-union disputes, whilst keeping the tone of the book light, with a witty dialogue that often had me chuckling. Not to say that it was all roses, because there is really no way to sugar coat families forced to live in Hooverville tenements at the side of the railroad tracks, especially in a day and age when tent cities are erecting all over North America due to the recent recession and mortgage crisis. The fact of the matter is these struggles were happening in the 30’s just as they are happening now. It is important that we can share these realities with our children in such a way that they become interested, and through compassion, help to make changes in our world so that these mistakes won’t happen again in the future. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2009-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Award winning book This is a wonderful story about the adventure of Bud, not Buddy Caldwell. His journey takes him from an orphanage in Flint, MI, to a foster home, to Hooverville, to the road to Grand Rapids, back to Flint, and finally ending up at Grand Calloway Station in Grand Rapids. On this journey Bud has only a suitcase full of special things. He is guided by Bud Caldwell's rules and things for having a funner life and making a better liar out of yourself. All thou times are difficult and some people are not the kind, Bud meets many people on his journey who help along. On of my favourite scenes is when Bud goes to library searching for Miss Hill, trust librarian from better times. The description of the library is wonderful. The smell of the leather-covered books, new cloth-covered books and the paper of the pages seems to waft right off of the text. If only modern 21st century library were like that. This a good book where the feeling and language of the 1930s are woven into a journey of discovery for a 10 year boy. I highly recommend this title.
Date published: 2008-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Boring I am 12 years old and I am reading this book for literature circles. I read the book, and at times I found that the only thing keeping me from not finishing the book was that I had to, for school. Bud (not Buddy) is a very interesting character but the author seldom uses the right words to describe the situations Bud finds himself in. I recommend that if you are going to purchase this book, you read it at the library first and decide then, because although I find it quite boring, it looks like a lot of people think its a very intuitive novel.
Date published: 2003-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bud, Not Buddy Bud not Buddy was a book which gives you a taste of history in an interesting way, through the life of a ten-year-old boy, on the lam. It shows you how a boy who lived motherless for 4 years gets by, and it teaches you about the Great Depression. I give this book 10 stars, and it makes me think about how lucky I am when I read a passage about how this boy has never been in a restauraunt before, and didn't know you could order you own food.
Date published: 2001-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bud,not buddy My name is Jordan and I'm 11 years old. I think Bud,not buddy is the best book I have ever read. I simply feel like I am in the story.It's about a little boy who's mom died when he was six.And he goes through many obsticles. I would recomend this book to anyone who loves books and has a great imagination.
Date published: 2001-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book I thought this book was very well written. I enjoyed this book more than I have any other book. The plot was wonderful.
Date published: 2000-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Active Funny Bud Bud Not Buddy is quite an exciting,funny,and sad book.At first the book might be quite boring. But as the story goes on the book gets more and more powerful,intresting and entertaning. Bud Not Buddy is about a boy that ran away from his foster parent's home to find his father. One of the highlights is the rules that he made up.This gave me an idea to make my own rules!!!
Date published: 2000-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bud, Not Buddy Bud, Not Buddy takes you on an exciting adventure. The ending was very surprising! It's great how a little boy spends all his time trying to find his father. Christopher Curtis wrote an excellent book, and I encourage everyone to buy it.
Date published: 2000-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This was one of the best books I have ever read! I read this book for 5 hours straight. It is fun to travel with Bud(not Buddy!) and meet the people he meets along the way.Bud is the kind of person you just have to like. If you are looking for a book to read this is it. Christopher Paul Curtis did a great job writing this book!
Date published: 2000-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific! I was hooked on the title, and the book was every bit as good as its title. Mr. Curtis has written a book with a great plot and extremely interesting characters. I rank this book with Holes, Silverwing and the Harry Potter series as the best children's literature I've read in two years. I can't wait for his next book.
Date published: 2000-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from bud not buddy I heard an interview with the author on CBC radio... fascinating... he just won the prestigious Newberry Award for this book, a rarity for a Canadian author... this book should be hyped up!!!
Date published: 2000-01-28

– More About This Product –

Bud, Not Buddy

by Christopher Paul Curtis

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 288 pages, 6.84 × 4.25 × 0.75 in

Published: September 14, 2004

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553494104

ISBN - 13: 9780553494105

Read from the Book

HERE WE GO AGAIN.    We were all standing in line waiting for breakfast when one of the caseworkers cam in an tap-tap-tap ed down the line.  Uh-oh, this meant bad news, either they''d found a foster home for somebody or somebody was about to be paddled.  All the kids watched the woman as she moved along the line, her high-heeled shoes sounding like little firecrackers going off on the wooden floor. Shoot! She stopped at me and said, "Are you Buddy Caldwell?" I said, "It''s Bud, not Buddy, ma''am." She put her hand on my shoulder and took me out of line.  Then she pulled Jerry, on of the littler boys, over.  "Aren''t you Jerry Clark?"  He nodded. "Boys, good news!  Now that the school year has ended, you both have been accepted in new temporary-care homes starting this afternoon!"              Jerry asked me the same thing I was thinking. "Together?" She said, "why, no.  Jerry, you''ll be in a family with three little girls--" Jerry looked like he''d just found out that they were going to dip him in a pot of boiling milk. "-- and Bud--"  She looked at some papers she was holding.  "Oh, yes, the Amoses, you''ll be with Mr. And Mrs. Amos and their son, who''s twelve years old, that makes him just two years older than you, doesn''t it, Bud?" &q
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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.




From the Trade Paperback edition.

From the Jacket

It''s 1936 Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and 10-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy, but Bud''s got a few things going for him: 1. He has his own suitcase full of special things; 2. He''s the author of "Bud Caldwell''s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself"; 3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: posters of Herman E. Calloway and his band of renown, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression. Bud is sure those posters will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road, nothing can stop him, not hunger, not fear, not would-be vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.

"From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Christopher Paul Curtis is the author of the Newbery Honor–winning The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963.


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Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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