Bud, Not Buddy
by Christopher Paul Curtis
So, partly because I loved The Watsons Go to Birmingham, and partly because I love Christopher Paul Curtis, and partly because it’s a Summer Reading book and therefore Very Important, I started Bud, Not Buddy.
This book is rough – too rough for my delicate sensibilities. Bud, an orphan, is sent from the orphanage to a foster family, his third in four years. 9 pages in, he is being beaten up by his foster brother, who has shoved a pencil up his nose and then starts punching and kicking him. After the foster parents blame him for hurting their son, who is a terrific liar and managed to spin the situation, they lock him in a shed in the backyard with rats and bats and hornets and he recalls a story about a cockroach that I just can’t repeat because at “hornet” I threw the book across the room.
Not that it doesn’t have redeeming qualities. In the 29 pages I did read, there were some really very funny parts. I think I even pulled a muscle laughing. But I have a friend who was adamant that I read this book, and she is tasked with finding out which page I should skip ahead to in order to avoid all the scary stuff. So stay tuned, there might be a “Take 2” with Bud!