Books by Beverly Cleary

RAMONA'S WORLD by Beverly Cleary
Released: Aug. 25, 1999

Ramona returns (Ramona Forever, 1988, etc.), and she's as feisty as ever, now nine-going-on-ten (or "zeroteen," as she calls it). Read full book review >

THE HULLABALOO ABC by Beverly Cleary
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 1998

Cleary's bouncy 1960 ABC book undergoes rejuvenation courtesy of Rand's ultra-wholesome watercolors, which have a genuine bounce of their own. Read full book review >

MY OWN TWO FEET by Beverly Cleary
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 27, 1995

Continuing her memoirs, begun so successfully in The Girl From Yamhill (1988), Cleary here covers the eventful years that began with her boarding a bus for junior college in California and ended with the publication of her first children's book in 1946. Read full book review >

PETEY'S BEDTIME STORY by Beverly Cleary
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Obstreperous Petey is indulged with a full bedtime ritual: splashy bath, all-out chase, book from each parent, monster check; last comes the "baby story," the already-familiar tale of his own birth ("One night Mommy painted her toenails so they would look pretty when she met the baby..."), with Petey's own embellishments (daddy "drove off in the dark a hundred miles an hour," but after a policeman stops him he's more cautious—he doesn't want to miss football on TV). Read full book review >

STRIDER by Beverly Cleary
Released: Sept. 20, 1991

Leigh Botts, of Newbery-winning Dear Mr. Henshaw, is still learning to cope with his parents' divorce—a task to which he brings his earlier sensitivity and a new self-confidence. Now 14 and entering high school, Leigh and best-friend Barry find an appealing abandoned dog on the beach and name him Strider. Read full book review >

MUGGIE MAGGIE by Alan Tiegreen
FICTION
Released: May 23, 1990

"Still, with its' sharp observations and crisp dialogue, even second-best Cleary can hold its own with most books on this level."
The best-selling author's first novel since 1984 takes up a third-grade rite of passage: learning to write in cursive. Read full book review >
A GIRL FROM YAMHILL by Beverly Cleary
FICTION
Released: April 22, 1988

"Beautifully written; memorable."
The beloved author of dozens of funny, wise books about escapades and troubles taking place on a finn ground of family affection has written an account of her own early years—very different from the happy childhoods she usually depicts, but told with the same immediacy and clarity. Read full book review >
THE GROWING-UP FEET by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 15, 1987

"This would be perfect for primary graders to read to younger children."
Twins Jimmy and Janet are back with another quintessential here-and-now story, this time concerning that favorite preschool drama, new shoes. Read full book review >
JANET'S THINGAMAJIGS by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 31, 1987

"The softly colored, realistic illustrations neatly catch the spirit of this slice of real life."
Twins Jimmy and Janet are back with an ongoing squabble, eventually solved by the arrival of full-size beds. Read full book review >
RAMONA FOREVER by Alan Tiegreen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 15, 1984

"It's a measure of Cleary's talent and acumen that the Quinbys are as credible in the mid-1980s as they were in the mid-1950s."
So it appears—for Ramona now looks set to weather the advent of a baby sister! Read full book review >
LUCKY CHUCK by J. Winslow Higginbottom
ANIMALS
Released: March 28, 1984

"But the book resembles nothing so much as a public-service offering from the motorcycle folk, jollied up for popular appeal."
The cautionary tale of a teenage cyclist who flouts the Motor Vehicle Code—in picture-book format and spoofy Dick-and-Jane form. Read full book review >
DEAR MR. HENSHAW by Beverly Cleary
Released: Aug. 22, 1983

"From the writing tips to the divorced-kid blues, however, it tends to substitute prevailing wisdom for the little jolts of recognition that made the Ramona books so rewarding."
Possibly inspired by the letters Cleary has received as a children's author, this begins with second-grader Leigh Botts' misspelled fan letter to Mr. Henshaw, whose fictitious book itself derives from the old take-off title Forty Ways W. Amuse a Dog. Read full book review >
RALPH S. MOUSE by Paul O. Zelinsky
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 11, 1982

"A little short, perhaps, on Cleary's under-the-skin empathy; but as usual the little things, down to Ralph's learning to say vroom-vroom-vroom, not pb-b-b, pb-b-b (the motorcycle noise), to start his car—and moorv (vroom backwards) to back it up, tune readers in to Ralph's experiences."
Still ensconced at Mountain View Inn in Cucaracha, California, Cleary's endearing little talking mouse with the motorcycle finds himself the cause of trouble at the inn. Read full book review >
RAMONA QUIMBY, AGE 8 by Alan Tiegreen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 12, 1981

"Once more, Cleary shows us life through Ramona's eyes and shows her young readers that they are not alone."
Ramona begins third grade at a new school determined to do her share for the family. Read full book review >
RAMONA AND HER MOTHER by Alan Tiegreen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 15, 1979

"Ramona's friends will be gratified to see her coming along, and even her lapses remain endearing."
Cleary's sociology lags behind her child psychology when she has Ramona's average-American family celebrating, after several months of her father's unemployment, his finding a job as supermarket cashier—in our experience, a near-minimum-wage spot usually filled by 18-year-olds and part-time housewives. Read full book review >
RAMONA AND HER FATHER by Alan Tiegreen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 10, 1977

"Cleary knows, for sure."
Ramona wished she had a million dollars so her father would be fun again." Read full book review >
RAMONA THE BRAVE by Tracy Dockray
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 26, 1975

After a year of kindergarten with Miss Binney who even made the Q in Ramona Quimby look like a kitty cat, Ramona finds it hard to adjust to a drab first grade teacher committed to reading circles and number combinations and avoiding waste. Read full book review >
SOCKS by Alan Tiegreen
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1973

"In the end Socks and the newcomer — young Charles William Bricker — make friends (and together make a mess of the nursery), but as cats suffering from sibling rivalry can't read, Socks' appeal will be limited to those humans who talk baby-talk to animals."
He's called Socks because of his white paws, and this is his kitten's eye view of his early life with a young college couple. Read full book review >
RUNAWAY RALPH by Louis Darling
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1970

"Happily, Ralph will be tearing along in his ping-pong ball crash helmet for a long time, on the elusive trail of peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and boys who go Pb-pb-b-b-b."
The return of The Mouse and the Motorcycle is a departure—from the wide-open corridors of Mountain View Inn to a cage that's also a vantage point in a typical summer camp; but tipping the balance from fantasy to personality doesn't throw freedom rider Ralph. Read full book review >
RAMONA THE PEST by Louis Darling
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 3, 1968

"The conjunction of belly laugh and basal emotion puts this on a par with the best in the series."
Ramona's going to school. . . who needs a review? Read full book review >
MITCH AND AMY by Alan Tiegreen
FICTION
Released: Feb. 22, 1967

"Amy conquers multiplication and Mitch advances to Wild Bill Hickok —a successful future seems assured."
It's twins this time at Mrs. Cleary's—nine years old and doing fine, thank you, after a slow start. Read full book review >
THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE by Louis Darling
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 1965

"The whimsy is slight— the story is not— and both its interest and its vocabulary are for the youngest members of this age group."
Beverly Cleary has written all kinds of books (the most successful ones about the irrepressible Henry Huggins) but this is her first fantasy. Read full book review >
SISTER OF THE BRIDE by Beverly Cleary
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 25, 1963

"404, J-232) and many other favorites."
Young daydreams of lacy, lack, formal weddings, eighteen-year old practicality, and sensible parental planning combine to form a plodding trek to the aisle. Read full book review >
HENRY AND THE CLUBHOUSE by Louis Darling
FICTION
Released: Sept. 26, 1962

"But the things that happen seems real and there's humor for all ages in the story."
Beverly Cleary continues to provide a measure of relief from the suffocating flood of books about unreal talking animals and stock characters in the way of dogs and ponies and horses — for her cast of characters can be matched in any average town and recognized as the children `round the block. Read full book review >
TWO DOG BISCUITS by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
ANIMALS
Released: March 8, 1961

"A sound idea which really needs a more credible situation."
What fun for Jimmy and Janet, four year old twins, when they discover something as new to Mother as it is to them. Read full book review >
THE REAL HOLE by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1960

"His family hits upon a delightful solution, and the denouement of this charming story takes into consideration the nature of the reader at whom it is directed."
Four-year-old Jimmy, unlike his girl twin, likes real not imagined things. Read full book review >
JEAN AND JOHNNY by Beverly Cleary
FICTION
Released: Aug. 19, 1959

"Hers is a revealing looking glass for the many readers who will instinctively identify themselves with Jean."
When fifteen-year-old Jean Jarrett transfers her affections from television idol Kip Ladish to an arrogant classmate, the whole kaleidoscope of adult relationships overwhelms her. Read full book review >
THE LUCKIEST GIRL by Beverly Cleary
FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 1958

"That same balance of humor and understanding, and the calmly affirmative outlook which have distinguished Beverly Cleary's many successful books for younger readers, makes this a teen-age story, a cut above the average."
A sixteen-year-old girl gains perspective into herself and her family when she leaves her comfortable Oregon home and spends a year visiting with friends in California. Read full book review >
HENRY AND THE PAPER ROUTE by Louis Darling
FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 1957

"Easy reading and a chuckle a page."
Irrepressible Henry Huggins is carried away with his own ambitions in another situation comedy. Read full book review >
FIFTEEN by Beverly Cleary
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 12, 1956

"It is very amusing, perceptive writing that tells much about being fifteen and should make marvellous reading for any girl who finds herself left out of things and normally irritated by the rest of the world."
From Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits and the third and fourth grade circuit, Beverly Cleary has moved into the teens to write a book about a girl and her first boy friend that is funny and grand because it doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is. Read full book review >
BEEZUS AND RAMONA by Louis Darling
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 7, 1955

"A few of the things that happen to her and desperately sensible Beezus include a marked up library book, a tussle with Ribsy- Henry's famous dog- a session in art class where Ramona comes off with literally flying colors, etc. Miss Cleary's wit is accurate and irresistible."
Still another set of adventures about the members of the Henry Huggins' contingent turns the spotlight on "Beezus", (Beatrice Quimby) and her younger sister Ramona. Read full book review >
HENRY AND RIBSY by Louis Darling
FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 1954

"Louis Darling's brisk, clean pictures are to the point."
On condition that he keep his dog Ribsy out of trouble, Henry is offered a wonderful invitation- salmon fishing in September- and his appreciative audience (see Henry and Beezus and others) is in store for more laughs at his efforts to gain that end. Read full book review >
OTIS SPOFFORD by Louis Darling
FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 1953

"He throws wonderful spitballs in the classroom, gets chummy with a rat in the science lab, has the honor of collecting bugs for a local high school football hero-before he and Ellen- whom he bullies continually- finally have it out on the ice pond."
Perhaps not as spontaneous as her Henry Huggins and Ellen Tebbits stories, this still has some mighty funny moments and follows the infectious misdemeanours of Ellen's contemporary, Otis. Read full book review >
HENRY AND BEEZUS by Louis Darling
FICTION
Released: Sept. 3, 1952

"Louis Darling's pen and inks capture action and gesture with authentic humor."
More Henry Huggins and just as good or better. Read full book review >
ELLEN TEBBITS by Louis Darling
FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 1951

"An eraser clapping session, however, patches the quarrel."
It seems obvious from this entrancing successor to Henry Huggins that the author is as well acquainted with the whisperings, weeps and whoops of third grade distaff side as she is with the ways of young men like Henry. Read full book review >
HENRY HUGGINS by Louis Darling
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 1950

"A collection of light, gay episodes, sure to please."
Enchanting small-boy adventures — a grammar school Odyssey. Read full book review >