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  • Mass Market Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf Library; Reprint edition (Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553494104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553494105
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.9 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,764 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 everthought 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, stand-up bass player for the Dusky Devastators of the Depression, is his father.

Guided only by a flyer for one of Calloway's shows--a small, blue posterthat had mysteriously upset his mother shortly before she died--Bud setsoff 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 andeven getting tricked into "busting slob with a real live girl." ChristopherPaul Curtis exhibits his skill for capturing the language and feel of anera and creates an authentic, touching, often hilarious voice in littleBud. (Ages 8 to 12) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"This is a fast paced, tightly plotted story, which deserves promotion, especially with boys" (Books for Keeps) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Towell on 26 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
This American book is simply the most wonderful read that I have discovered for my two children. Set in depression-rocked America, it track the totally mesmerising adventures of Bud in the search for his father, a legendary (and itinerant) Jazz musician.
For the first time, a writer has absolutely gripped the soul of a 9 year old. There are passages that remind us, as parents, of the beautiful simplicity and naiivity of a childs mind.
Funny, sad, and occasionally frightening, it is a story that fills your heart, makes it beat more quickly, and at times, almost tears your heart out . My kids loved to hear it at bedtime, and I was always up there first, looking forwards to the next couple of Chapters.
Absolutely brilliant, and essential. You will not be disappointed.
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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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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful
A second Newbery for C. P. Curtis 23 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I read this book last fall, I knew it was a winner. Bud, not Buddy, is an unforgettable character. The tale of a young boy who doesn't let the circumstances of being black during the Depression keep him down is as pertinent today as it was then. It's message is if you have a dream & are willing to work to make it happen, you can rise above even the most humble beginnings and it's told with humor and hope.
51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Newberry/Coretta Scott King Award Winner! 1 Feb. 2000
By Ruth Clay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
You will want to adopt Bud (Not Buddy) after the first page! This book speaks to all ages, even if you're 44, like me. Pay close attention to Bud's "Rules and Things"; sound advice from such a young man! And if you ever get the opportunity to hear Christopher Paul Curtis speak in person, don't pass up the chance! I didn't and I am so fortunate to have done so. After you've read "Bud", be sure to get "The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963". You won't be disappointed -you'll be enchanted.
61 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Bud Not Buddy 27 Jan. 2000
By D. B. Bunting - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After finishing my 2nd Christopher Paul Curtis novel, I am hooked. It is ok that I am a 50-something mom of an 11 year old girl, we both loved The Watsons Go to Birmingham and were very happy to find this Newbery winner even more entertaining, profound, historically educational and a downright pleasure to read. This writer understands not just children but clever, one-step-ahead of the grownups-children, and he makes them lovable, polite in spite of circumstances that could lead to not so appealing behavior, brave, sensitive and SMART. This is a MUST read for all ages.
57 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Teachers Alert! 5 Feb. 2000
By James Hiller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Christopher Paul Curtis' new book "But, not Buddy" magically accomplishes so much in a book that as a teacher, your head will spin. First and foremost, Curtis picks up the ball of yarn so magically spun in his first classic, "Watson Go to Birmingham" and manages, impossibly so, to create an even more endearing, serious novel. I have LONGED for a book with African-American characters where the color of their skin wasn't the reason for the plot, but a part of the plot. Curtis tackles obvious racism, and a range of other issues like homelessness, poverty, familial issues, and the Great Depression that you're head will be spinning with the connections you can draw in this book. Bud-not-Buddy is such a true child that you are convinced he is real, as well as the wonderful cast of characters Curtis created. To learn about Curtis' own life and how he became an author is to appreciate his gifts of literature even more. DO NOT pass up this book, teachers, and use it for years to come!
43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Bud, Not Buddy 15 May 2000
By Abby Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Bud, Not Buddy" is a great story for all ages, while reading this great fictional book I imagined the great depression through the eyes of a ten year old boy. Unlike all the other books I have read, this one let me imagine being inside the book with Bud and his rules. Bud being an orphan at the age of ten is tuff on him. His momma died when he was nine, and he was sent to an orphanage. As a reader I could imagine Bud being the awkward position of having a new family, especially when they weren't very nice to him. Bud struggles but always has "Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself" He states his rules whenever he has to think through something, it keeps the book going. It helps the reader get a better sense of how smart Bud really is. One struggle Bud has to live through is not knowing who is father is. While reading through the inside flap of the book, I came across this "His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers of Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression! " This is the only thing that Bud could hold close to his heart. When he left his home he took his "I slowly pulled the twine together to close my suitcase." It sounds like an old suitcase, and he hangs on to it all the time, because it's his life. The only reason I can paint a picture in my head about what all goes through Buds life is the cover. They teach you not to judge the cover by the book, but I really couldn't help it. It came across as a really interesting book. I like learning about other cultures during such a hard time such as the Great Depression. One of the things that Bud never forgot was this "And Bud, I want you always to remember, no matter how bad things look to you, no matter how dark the night, when one door closes, don't worry, Because another door opens." This quote is true for anybody, it is how life is expressed. We can always fall on something if it be open doors or closed doors. Christopher Paul Curtis, has beautiful writing and I really enjoyed reading his fiction book on the adventures of "Bud, Not Buddy"
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