Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary

Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary

Just Like Beverly follows the life of beloved children's author Beverly Cleary from her early years in Oregon to her career as a successful writer who wrote stories, including the wildly popular Ramona and Henry Huggins series, for kids just like her.As a young girl, Beverly Cleary struggled to learn to read and found most children's books dull and uninteresting. She often w...

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Title:Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary
Author:Vicki Conrad
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Edition Language:English

Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary Reviews

  • Jen Solak

    As a child, Beverly Cleary’s books were a huge influence on me as I grew up wishing for a sister like Beezus and to have adventures like Ramona. When I saw that this book was the story of Cleary’s life (so far! She is 103 years old!) I was interested for nostalgia’s sake. What I didn’t expect was that the book would have such a wonderful message! The message that you can’t succeed if you never try is a universal message that we all need to hear. The story is told in a simple manner making it a g

    As a child, Beverly Cleary’s books were a huge influence on me as I grew up wishing for a sister like Beezus and to have adventures like Ramona. When I saw that this book was the story of Cleary’s life (so far! She is 103 years old!) I was interested for nostalgia’s sake. What I didn’t expect was that the book would have such a wonderful message! The message that you can’t succeed if you never try is a universal message that we all need to hear. The story is told in a simple manner making it a great introduction to her life, but what I also enjoyed was that a more straightforward biography is included as well as a timeline. These resources would make this an excellent choice for a student wishing do do a report on Beverly Cleary or for a class to study her as an author. I would also recommend this to anyone who has read the books or who is currently reading them as a way to understand her characters. Furthermore, I would recommend this book for almost any child who is struggling with reading/writing, has feared failure, or just needs some encouragement.

    Thank you NetGalley for an early copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  • Vonda

    This is the charming story of Beverly Cleary’s life. While growing up in Portland, Oregon, Beverly struggled to learn to read because the stories were so boring. She determined that she would grow up and write interesting stories for children so that they would be spared from the drudgery of reading bland books. With encouragement, first from several teachers throughout her life, and then from her husband, her writing blossomed. Beverly completed college and became a librarian where her dream to

    This is the charming story of Beverly Cleary’s life. While growing up in Portland, Oregon, Beverly struggled to learn to read because the stories were so boring. She determined that she would grow up and write interesting stories for children so that they would be spared from the drudgery of reading bland books. With encouragement, first from several teachers throughout her life, and then from her husband, her writing blossomed. Beverly completed college and became a librarian where her dream to write stories for children continued to grow. A timeline of important events in her life can be found in the back of the book.

    What a gift Beverly has given to children. Her books are timeless. The stories are funny, interesting, and relevant to children still today. Who knows how many children have developed a love for reading through her work. Personally, my family listened to her book Emily’s Runaway Imagination on CD a decade and a half ago while driving a long distance for vacation. The stories have stuck with us all these years. Not only that, but my husband grew up in the same neighborhood as Beverly, five decades after her childhood. So we can literally and vividly picture the neighborhood Beverly mentions in her books.

    This would be a lovely addition to any classroom or library. I highly recommend it.

  • Shiloah

    So many reasons to love Beverly in addition to Ramona and Henry. Great biography! Beautiful illustrations.

  • Melissa

    I love how she was slow at reading and struggled a little. Look at how far she went. This is one of the reasons I love libraries. People can get better.

  • Laura

    Hard to believe that Beverly Cleary, famous for Beezes and Ramona is over 100 years old. She is currently 103,to be precise. And her first book, Henry Huggins, was published in 1950. I well remember reading her books when I was in elementary school, and even back in the 1960s, they were of a time long ago.

    Hard to believe that Beverly Cleary, famous for Beezes and Ramona is over 100 years old. She is currently 103,to be precise. And her first book, Henry Huggins, was published in 1950. I well remember reading her books when I was in elementary school, and even back in the 1960s, they were of a time long ago.

    This picture book gives a brief biography of Cleary as a child, and what influenced her stories. And I like that it points out that the most successful books are written by the authors to tell stories that they wanted to read when they were kids.

    Highly recommended as a good intro to this most famous author. Children who enjoy her stories will enjoy learning how she became the author that she is.

    Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  • KC

    A wonderful look at the life of beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary.

  • Laura

    Every generation of kids needs books with kids who look like them. Thank goodness for the Beverlys, who write true to life and to fill a need.

  • Anthony

    A look at the life of Beverly Bunn who grew up as an only child on a farm in Yamhill, Oregon, who struggled with reading as a young grade school student. But soon blossomed into the world famous author Beverly Cleary, who is best known for her children's books the Henry Huggins series featuring Ramona Quimby, and various other books.

  • Beverly

    Two biographies in one! The main part of the book is the illustrated biography of Cleary. After this, there is a section called "How Beverly Bloomed" which is the bio again, written for older children and adults, with smaller print and more details. Following this is a timeline of Cleary's life. Both biographies are well-written, interesting, and include many fascinating tidbits about Cleary's life.

  • Etienne

    2,5/5. Little biography for children. I respect the person it presents but the book with its pace, its illustrations and the story, fine but nothing extraordinary in the life of this women, made this book loose some points. It wasn't bad, wasn't really good either!

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