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3.85441176470588 out of 53.85441176470588 out of 53.85441176470588 out of 53.85441176470588 out of 53.85441176470588 out of 5 3.85 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Paul Curtis Narrator: LeVar Burton Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2003 ISBN:
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Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, Kenny, and Byron, Kenny's older brother, who at thirteen is an official juvenile delinquent.

When Momma and Dad decide it's time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons set out on a trip like no other. Heading south, they're going to Birmingham, Alabama, and toward one of the darkest moments in America's history.

By turns comic, tragic and touching, this remarkable Newbery Honor work, delightfully performed by LeVar Burton in this unabridged production, will delight listeners young and old as they meet Christopher Paul Curtis, a storyteller of bold ambition and a true and original voice, and his inimitable Watsons.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernini and Juliet | 2/19/2014

    " This is a great book. I read it a long time ago, but there are still parts that I remember, both funny and super sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/1/2014

    " Loved it, again. Tried to keep track of all the teaching points, but there's just too many. Can hardly wait to expose my kids to this great voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 1/31/2014

    " This is the second time I have read this book with 7th grade English classes and I have to say I enjoyed it more than when I read it as a middle school student. It is funny and lighthearted, peppered with strikingly profound thoughts on race, hate, friendship, and family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/25/2014

    " Love books from a child's point of view and love of within a family. It helps me to remember what I felt when I was a young child. I love the thoughts of special showings of family to help protect us from evil. It also reminds me of a time when people in the United States did horrible things to our fellow brothers and sisters because of the color of their skin. May we never see such discrimination of any kind again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tabitha | 1/23/2014

    " Funny yet poignant book about the Civil Rights movement through a ten year old boys perspective. also learn a lot about family life in flint Michigan in the 1960's. A great book to read aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla474 | 1/18/2014

    " I laughed; I cried. What more can you ask for? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 12/28/2013

    " I've read this soooo many times! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 12/28/2013

    " it was awesome! I loved the part with the whool pool. I really liked it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenne | 12/17/2013

    " A wonderful account of a black families journey to visit relatives in Birmingham during the time that a church was bombed and little girls dies. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zaira | 12/15/2013

    " This book is just downright awful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendi Wallet | 11/29/2013

    " Way too low and it didn't keep my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 josef | 10/30/2013

    " thx "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Dudley | 9/25/2013

    " Cute and funny book. I laughed out loud several times. It is also very sad as it portrays the racial tensions of the 60's through a child's eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 1/18/2013

    " Good YA read (Middle School age). Had wit, humor, well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/4/2013

    " Some great characters and interesting history. Not my favorite of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacee | 8/1/2012

    " Prettttty funny! Had to reead this for school "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyra | 5/24/2012

    " This book was a little bit confusing but I really enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chase Smith | 2/10/2012

    " the watsons go to birmingham - 1963 is a reallly good book it has comedy and a detailed look at the struggle the Wtasons face in Alabama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theron Williams | 8/28/2011

    " After many years of saying I am going to read this book, it finally happened. And I am glad it did. Mr. Curtis is a gifted story teller that not only tells you about the characters, but shows you. I am certain we can all find a little bit of the Weird Watson's in all of our families. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kieryn | 6/28/2011

    " Confusing what happened to the little sister when she went to church, but overall, I loved this book!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 6/27/2011

    " Parts of this book were funny and I liked the growth of the relationship between the brothers, but I couldn't get past my annoyance at some of the writing and pieced together feeling of the first half of the book. There are better written books about similar experiences and events out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 6/25/2011

    " I really liked this book. However I thought that the material was a little intense for middle school ages students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mana | 6/23/2011

    " it is a humorous, well plotted book that is one to remember. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 6/23/2011

    " Fun and serious, Kenny is a wonderful narrator. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 6/22/2011

    " Loved it! Another great book, from a new point of view, and with awesome historical tidbits! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 6/19/2011

    " I love it! Thankyou ms.wright to introducing this book to me! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 6/13/2011

    " I loved the voice in this book. Would make a great anchor/mentor text to teach voice. Presents a child's point of view of the civil rights movement in the late 50's early 60's. Might be a good read for reluctant boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 6/9/2011

    " This is a awesome book. We did it for read aloud in 5 grade and I read it again by my self. It's about the family going to birmingham when a a church bombing takes place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 6/9/2011

    " Very good story line. It could do without the unnecessary cursing but other than that I loved the Weird Watsons :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chanel | 6/6/2011

    " This book was a pretty goodread. It was very confusing though. I still don't really understand what happened in the book. If you really want to understand the book you will have to read it a couple times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 6/4/2011

    " it was ok, not the best book. it was really short and not much happened until the end "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/29/2011

    " I thought the book was a bit of a slow read not as exciting or funny as the reviews stated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 5/29/2011

    " It's been 4 years since of read this book. But, I do remember highly enjoying it. I remember the scene where the main character's brother gets his lips frozen to the car mirror because he was kissing his reflection. I would definately read this again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 5/27/2011

    " The book is 5-star! the characters seemed real and the comparisons where hilarious! :D "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis made an outstanding debut in children’s literature with The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963. His second novel, Bud, Not Buddy, is the first book ever to receive both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award.