Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary

By: Vicki Conrad

Illustrator: David Hohn

As a young girl, Beverly Cleary struggled to learn to read and found most children’s books dull and uninteresting. She often wondered if there were any books about kids just like her. With hard work, and the encouragement of her parents and a special teacher, she learned to read and at a young age discovered she had a knack for writing.

Beverly Cleary’s story comes to life in this narrative nonfiction picture book as she grows to follow her dreams of writing the books she longed for as a child, becoming an award-winning writer and one of the most famous children’s authors of all time.

Beautiful illustrations capture Cleary’s sense of humor, struggles, and triumphs, and are filled with Easter eggs throughout for fans to discover.

Further biographical information. Time line. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781632172228

JLG Release: Oct 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Beverly Cleary (1916– ) , Twentieth-century US women authors , Librarians , Children’s literature , Literacy , Education , Childhood , Writing , Biography

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Awards & Honors

NPR’s Book Concierge - 2019

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, Booklist*, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

Beverly Cleary always loved stories, but she struggled to learn to read and write. This compassionate narrative nonfiction account of Cleary overcoming challenges and following her dreams is full of inspirational messages and connections to her enduring classics. Following this narrative is a more factually detailed recounting of her life written i Beverly Cleary always loved stories, but she struggled to learn to read and write. This compassionate narrative nonfiction account of Cleary overcoming challenges and following her dreams is full of inspirational messages and connections to her enduring classics. Following this narrative is a more factually detailed recounting of her life written in traditional nonfiction format, including photos and a time line. Though Cleary and readers are separated by nearly a century, many parts of the iconic author’s childhood will resonate with today’s young people: school struggles, the joy of playing with friends, and the importance of kind and supportive adults. Using a style and dynamism reminiscent of Louis Darling’s original drawings in many of Cleary’s books, Hohn’s depiction of the young author looks remarkably like Ramona. The setting of her childhood is fleshed out with details like horse-drawn plows and carts and historically accurate clothing and hairstyles. Observant readers will notice many subtle nods to the books starting on the title page, where Cleary’s legs are seen hanging from a tree branch above evidence of Ramona’s mantra that “the first bite of an apple tastes best.” Many are sure to be won over by the sheer nostalgia factor, but this book also contains a powerful message for young readers and dreamers: “Try! Anyone can talk about writing, but only those who sit down and do it will succeed.” A celebration of Cleary, literacy, and the pursuit of ambitious dreams, this charming picture book will enhance any biography collection.

Book Details

ISBN

9781632172228

First Release

October 2019

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.2; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 820L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Little Bigfoot

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Beverly Cleary (1916– ), Twentieth-century US women authors, Librarians, Children’s literature, Literacy, Education, Childhood, Writing, Biography,

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