What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this well-crafted and funny tale of an orphan's poignant search for a home will keep readers turning the page. Parents should know that Bud runs away from his abusive foster family. There are frank descriptions of the horrors of the Depression. Written in a strong, compelling voice, it beautifully evokes life for African Americans, especially musicians, in Michigan during the Depression.
What's the story?
Bud has run away from his abusive foster family. He's sleeping outside and can't find enough to eat. There's nothing left to do but go find Herman E. Calloway, the man whose picture used to make Momma upset. That man has got to be Bud's father! Orphaned Bud, not Buddy, Caldwell carries a ratty suitcase full of all his possessions wherever he goes. There's the picture of his Momma as a little girl. There's Momma's old pouch, full of smooth rocks with strange coded messages written on them. But the most important thing is a flyer advertising \"Herman E. Calloway and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression.\"
Sure that this Herman E. Calloway is his father, Bud sets out to find him. But when Calloway turns out to be a grumpy old man, Miss Thomas, the Dusky Devastator's kind \"vocal stylist,\" convinces him to give the ten-year-old a place to stay. Bud moves into the big house known as Grand Calloway Station and, with the help of Momma's rocks, soon discovers that Herman E. Calloway isn't his father at all--he's Bud's grandfather!
Is it any good?
Young Bud tells his story in BUD, NOT BUDDY in his own lively voice, making his character practically leap off the page. At times tough, sad, resilient, and funny, 10-year-old Bud is completely irresistible. His personality, coupled with the fast pace of the story, captures the attention of young readers on the first page and keeps them riveted right through to the end.
Bud keeps meeting up with good people who are willing to share what little they have, and to help Bud as much as they can. It is this portrayal of people at their best when circumstances are at their worst that ultimately makes the story a hopeful and heartwarming one.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about hope in the face of adversity.
How does Bud manage to keep going?
His mother told him when one door closes, another opens.
Do you see this happening for Bud?
Has that happened in your life?
|Author:||Christopher Paul Curtis|
|Topics:||Great boy role models, Misfits and underdogs|
|Publication date:||January 1, 1999|
|Number of pages:||243|
|Publisher's recommended age(s):||9 - 12|
|Awards:||Coretta Scott King Medal and Honors, Newbery Medal and Honors|