Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis is a realistic fiction book about perseverance and family. It takes place during the Great Depression in Flint, Michigan. A boy tries to find his father. He befriends many people and goes through many adventures on the way.
Bud Caldwell is an African American, motherless, skinny, 10 year old boy. Bud is very imaginative; he believes in vampires, bats and other magical things. He thinks that a nice man is a vampire. He is very obedient, and is very polite. He calls everybody Sir, and Maam, and does all of his chores when told. He is very organized. Everything in his suitcase has a place, and is always in its place. He never loses anything.
Bud, a motherless boy who lives at the foster home, and is assigned families to live with all the time, wants to find his father. Buds mother left a flier of the band Herman E. Calloway and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression, and Bud assumes that Herman E. Calloway is his father. Bud runs away from the Amoses, a mean family Bud has been assigned to, and is officially on the lam. He finds his friend, Bugs, and together they try to go west for a job. Bud misses the train going west and instead tries walking to Grand Rapids. He comes across a man named Lefty Lewis, who is driving to Grand Rapids anyway, so Bud drives to Grand Rapids with Lefty Lewis.
The themes of Bud, Not Buddy is perseverance and family. Through much struggle and disappointment, Bud perseveres. Bud is desperate to find his father and will do anything it takes to find him. Even though Bud is rejected by the only family he has, he shakes it off and enjoys life.
Bud Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis is about a boy who has an idea, and hell do anything it takes to turn it into reality. With his great source of confidence and determination, he can do anything he sets his mind to.