Bud, Not Buddy (Unabridged Audio Book)

Artist Group: 
Read by James Avery
Publisher: 
Listening Library
UPC: 
9780807282090
Publisher Catalog Number: 
YA 140
Length in minutes: 
315

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ISBN: 
0553526758
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ASIN: 
0553526758
List Price: 
22.00
Rating: 
5
Awards: 
alanotablechildren'srecording
Publication Date: 
2000

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Short Review: 
Set during the Depression, this is the bittersweet and laugh-out-loud funny story of 10-year-old orphan Bud (not Buddy) Caldwell, who’s on the lam and determined to find the father he’s never known. Actor James Avery captures the humor and deep emotion in this picaresque Newbery Medal winner.
Long Review: 

Despite all the hardships in his short life (it’s the Depression, his mother died when he was six, he doesn’t know his father, and he’s been locked in a shed with a vampire by his mean foster family), 10-year-old orphan Bud (not Buddy) still has a great outlook on life and kindness in his heart. After all, he follows “Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.” And he meets kind, helpful, and generous people, who, like the listener, are drawn to Bud’s big-hearted, optimistic nature. Shucks, he even “busts slob” with a dimpled girl he meets at a Hooverville (i.e. he kisses a girl). Film and television actor James Avery (he played the father on Fresh Prince of Bel Air) reads this Newbery Medal winner, deftly capturing the bittersweet humor and deep emotion in Curtis’ picaresque tale.

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer