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Bud, Not Buddy

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Christopher Paul Curtis

Narrated By: James Avery

Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)

Date: July 2000

Duration: 5 hours 17 minutes


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.


  • Diane J

    My students LOVED it!

  • Mallory T

    It's boring. It's ok it's not that interesting especially for my little one...????

  • Lyndsey B

    I LOVED reading this book with my students, and I thought this narrator was absolutely wonderful! He read with expression, and his voice fit the character and setting very well. The addition of music to some sections and the narrator's realistic singing, crying, and laughing was fantastic!

  • Nelly Navarro-Britt

    A good story, and great narration. I especially liked the afterward by the author explaining the true parts of the story.