Dec 3, 2013

Young Reader Review: BUD, NOT BUDDY by Christopher Paul Curtis

My guest reviewer today is Harper, a fifth grader who enjoys fashion design, music, and—of course—reading!
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Hi Harper, and thanks so much for joining us today! What types of books do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy reading chapter books and middle grade books. I like a lot of different genres, especially historical fiction and historical fiction mysteries.

What is your favorite genre?

My favorite genre is hard to choose, but one of my favorites is mysteries.

I know it is hard to pick a favorite book of all time, but tell us about your current favorite.
Right now my favorite book is BUD, NOT BUDDY. It is called this because Bud’s mother told him not to let anyone call him Buddy. The author is Christopher Paul Curtis. In this book the main character’s mother dies and he goes to an orphanage. There are some special things that Bud saved, and these make him want to look for his father, so he escapes and starts looking for him. The book is set in the Great Depression. I like it because Bud never gives up, and I like his accent.

This is one I haven’t read yet—I will have to read it soon! What kinds of books would you like to read more of?
Christopher Paul Curtis wrote more books, and I would really like to read those.

If you could meet any author in the world, past or present, WHO would it be and WHY?

There are so many I would love to meet, but one is J.K. Rowling. Why? Because I like her HARRY POTTER series!

That is one of my favorite series, as well! What do you think it is important for authors to know about their readers?

I think that authors should know what age group they are writing for.

I’ve heard “know your audience” over and over again at writing conferences, so that is definitely great advice, Harper!  What kinds of stories do YOU enjoy writing?

I have never written a book, but if I do it will be a mystery or historical fiction.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us about books or reading?


Well said, Harper! I agree 100%! ☺ Thanks again for your thoughtful review, and for taking the time to talk with us about BUD, NOT BUDDY. Happy Reading!


  1. Thank you, Harper, for your review. Christopher Paul Curtis hasn't published many books, but every one of his books is a gem. I know you'll love The Watson's Go to Birmingham and his latest, The Mighty Miss Malone.

  2. Hi, Harper! If you like historical fiction, you might try out Laurie Halse Anderson's Chains or any of Ann Rinaldi's books. They've wrote some of my fav historical fiction. Lovely interveiw! =)

  3. A very good review...Bud, Not Buddy is one of my favorite books. You will remember the book every time you see #2 yellow pencil.

  4. Great review, Harper! Young Reader Review is such a valuable venue for those of us who write for children. Like Harper says, "authors should know what age group they are writing for". And we should also know what our young people like to read! Bravo!

  5. Books ARE awesome! I have come across BUD, NOT BUDDY but haven't read it yet. Thanks to your review, Harper, I'm going to bump it up on my to-read list. Great review!

  6. Another great book we read in school while I was teaching. Loved reading about Bud and his journey!


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