"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
Bud, not Buddy
Bud has a mission: to find his biological father. His only clues are flyers his mother left behind after her death. The flyers are advertisements of a band, Herman E. Calloway and The Dusky Devastators of the Depression. Bud is convinced that his father was one of the men pictured on the flyer. After his mother's death, Bud gets bounced around form an orphanage to many different foster families. The unjust treatment he receives from the Amos family, his last foster family, is what prompts him to try to find his father. As he makes his way across country during desperate times, he meets incredible people whose lives are effected by the Depression. The major dramatic question of the missing father fueled my interest. The understatement of hard times the Depression caused are depicted in the need for food received at the Salvation Army and the homeless communities formed along the railways. This book is one of the best books I have ever read. It dealt with a time period in history that really interests me, as well as the musical theme that was intertwined throughout the book. It also has a suprise ending that takes the cake!
Bud, Not Buddy is of high literary merit
Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal winner, is a heartwarming novel that you will read again and again. The story takes place during the Great Depression in Flint, Michigan, and is the story of a witty ten-year-old homeless boy, Bud Caldwell. With only a tattered cardboard suitcase filled with memories and a possible hint of who his father might be, Bud sets out in search of him. Several characteristics of a high literary merit book can be found in this page-turner novel. The author creatively combines figurative language such as "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," with a precise set of vocabulary. Bud takes the reader on an unforgettable journey that provides the reader with a true lived-through experience. The characters are so unique, believable, and individually memorable that the reader leaves this book thinking Herman E. Calloway truly was a music legend.
If you enjoy being hooked from the very first page until the last, Bud, Not Buddy is the choice for you. This book addresses several well-developed themes including those of family, survival, hope, and racism. Bud, Not Buddy is an ideal selection to use for read-aloud or a class novel study. Furthermore, teachers may find this book excellent for connecting many of the core subjects with literature. Bud, Not Buddy is a must read for everyone!
Bud, Not Buddy review
Reviewer: A 12-year old reader from Youngsville, North Carolina, USA
This book is the best book I have ever read. It shows people that their live is better than most people. Because some people say, "I have the worst live ever." Because before I read this book I thought I had a pretty bad live, but my mom is still alive and I know who my dad is, he lives with me and I have a home. This story shows you how bad some peoples lives are. The best part was when he found out that Herman E. Colloway was his grandpa. The funniest part was when Bud made Toddy pee in his bed that was so cool.
The part I thought was weak was when he said that there was a fish head on the door of the Amos's shack that they locked him in because he started fighting with Toddy; but when Bud and Toddy fought it was cool. I think that they need to make a movie of this book because I could see it in my mind as they were telling it. You should read this book because I don't really like to read but I read this book in about four to five days. I would love to see a movie of this.