September 9, 2010

Bud, Not Buddy

This was funnier than I remembered.  I read it when it came out and recall a lonely orphan during the Great Depression dealing with hunger, bullies, police, long scary walks in the dark, and a grumpy old man.

That's all in here, but there's also a ton of sly and ironic Twain-like first-person narration, another hilarious old man (along with the grumpy one), and a warm and wonderful wise-cracking band.

You'd think I'd remember the fun with this delightful cover.  It's the newer paperback that makes it seem more serious.  Oh, well.  That's getting old for ya.

This is a classic and it'll be interesting to hear what the Reader's Rally team thinks of it at school.  We just had our first meeting last Friday.  Tomorrow will be the second one.  That'll be when we see who drops out because of the early hour and after they've seen the pile of books to be read.