Reviews for Bud, Not Buddy

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.