Search Results: "Beverly Cleary"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 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 >

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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 >

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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 >