Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
It’s 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him:
1. He has his own suitcase filled with his own important, secret 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: flyers of Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!
Bud’s got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him–not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.
Bud, Not Buddy is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters, hitting the high notes of jazz and sounding the deeper tones of the Great Depression. Once again Christopher Paul Curtis, author of the award-winning novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963, takes readers on a heartwarming and unforgettable journey.
I can’t believe I waited this long to read this book. I’ve always heard it was good-from adults and kids alike. Now I know.
Bud captured my heart with his politeness (I love it when kids are raised right!), his humor, and his persistence in finding his way in the life that was handed to him. Such strength. AND innocence.
There are so many parts that made me laugh out loud. The shed. The vampire. Got your attention didn’t I?
I won’t lie and say that tears were never produced, but they didn’t last, and they didn’t ravage my heart.
P.S. I LOVE Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself!!
Also, this author wrote another of my favorite books-The Watsons Go To Birmingham.
5 out of 5 stars