Bud, Not Buddy was the first book we listened to. It captivated my kiddos (6, 7, and 9) and me and my husband. It’s about a boy in the 1930’s who goes searching for who he believes is his father after his mother leaves a flyer about a man in a band. The story is told through the eyes of Bud, a 10 year old boy who has been living in an orphanage since he was six. He eventually ends up and then escapes from a foster home and sets off on an adventure to find his father. The story is both funny and touching and the writing is superb. We exuberantly recommend this book! 5 stars!
The second one we listened to was The Watsons go to Birmingham. We got this one because we loved Bud, Not Buddy so much. This story is hilarious from the get-go, but by the end it is profound and moving and we were all in tears. Set in the 1960’s, it’s a story about a family who eventually sets off to go to Birmingham to visit grandma, and all their adventures along the way. The story is told through a 9 year old boy, Kenny. Near the end of the book a church gets bombed and Kenny in particular is trying to make sense of why someone would want to kill children because of how they look. It is sad and heart-wrenching, but has a beautifully hope-filled ending. In the epilogue the author talks about that time in history and the brave people who were part of the civil rights movement. Excellent, excellent commentary. We also highly recommend this book! But just a note, there are a few swear words in it.
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