Reviews for Bud, Not Buddy
AudioFile Reviews 2000 October/November
Bud Caldwell, a 10-year-old vagabond orphan in pursuit of his long lost father from Flint to Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the quintessential endearing hero. Bud's first-person narrative demands an enthusiastic and versatile reader. James Avery is all that and more. His Bud is charming and sincere, and the cast of characters, presented with endless variations in voicing, is authentic and memorable. His zippy reading creates the perfect mood. Add in occasional jazz tunes at chapter changes, as well as Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar out of Yourself, and you just may have the best way to experience this award-winning book. T.B. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award. ¬ AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine Copyright 2000 AudioFile Reviews
School Library Journal Reviews 2000 October
Gr 4-7-This book by award-winning author Christopher Paul Curtis (Delacorte, 1999) relates the adventures of an African-American orphan, Bud Caldwell, as he travels through Depression-era Michigan in search of the father whom he has never met. Bud is convinced that his father is Herman E. Calloway, leader of a band called the Dusky Devastators of the Depression. Through his journey, Bud provides listeners with insight into life in the 1930s, with its Hoovervilles, redcaps and Pullman porters, and legal discrimination. The story is narrated by James Avery, an actor on the former TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, whose expressive voice and comedic timing ably convey 10-year-old Bud's earnestness and sense of humor. Occasionally accompanied by soft jazz music in the background, Avery also alters his voice to distinguish between other characters. Although there are small lapses in maintaining some voices, this minor flaw does not detract from the overall quality of the production. This audiobook lends itself to group or individual enjoyment, and would be a worthwhile addition to any school or public library, especially since audiobooks featuring minority characters are greatly needed.-Paula L. Setser, Deep Springs Elementary School, Lexington, KY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.