Search Results: "Beverly Cleary"


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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 >

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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 >

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THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE by Beverly Cleary
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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RAMONA AND HER FATHER by Beverly Cleary
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 >

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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 >

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

"In her, readers will find a character worthy of even Cleary's imagination. (Biography. 12+)"
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 >

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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 >

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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 >