Books: Best Buddy

A children's book and its author are big winners

Chalk it up as yet another evil of stereotyping, but the term children's-book author does not summon to most minds the image of a 6-ft. 2-in., 240-lb. man with dreadlocks. Yet that description fits Christopher Paul Curtis, 46, and you can add "prizewinning" to the children's-book-author part. Last week Curtis' second book, Bud, Not Buddy (Delacorte; 245 pages; $15.95), garnered an impressive twofer: the John Newbery Medal, awarded annually by the American Library Association to the best American children's book; and the Coretta Scott King Author Award for excellence by an African American writing for children and young adults.

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