Beverly Cleary s timeless Newbery Medal winning book explores difficult topics like divorce, insecurity, and bullying through the thoughts and emotions of a sixth grade boy as he writes to his favorite author, Boyd Henshaw.After his parents separate, Leigh Botts moves to a new town with his mother Struggling to make friends and deal with his anger toward his absent fatherBeverly Cleary s timeless Newbery Medal winning book explores difficult topics like divorce, insecurity, and bullying through the thoughts and emotions of a sixth grade boy as he writes to his favorite author, Boyd Henshaw.After his parents separate, Leigh Botts moves to a new town with his mother Struggling to make friends and deal with his anger toward his absent father, Leigh loses himself in a class assignment in which he must write to his favorite author When Mr Henshaw responds, the two form an unexpected friendship that will change Leigh s life forever.From the beloved author of the Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby, and Ralph S Mouse series comes an epistolary novel about how to navigate and heal from life s growing pains.
Dear Mr Henshaw Beverly Cleary s timeless Newbery Medal winning book explores difficult topics like divorce insecurity and bullying through the thoughts and emotions of a sixth grade boy as he writes to his favorit
I like to imagine the replies from Mr Henshaw Dear Leigh, Please stop writing to me every single day I m glad I impressed you, but you must cease and desist.
One of my comfort reads as a kid was Dear Mr Henshaw by Beverly Cleary I read my copy enough times to leave the pages tattered This week my first grader brought a copy home from her school library, and I could not resist reading along with her As it is always a struggle to for me to find quality books for kids, I figured it was time for a trip down memory lane, and, as always, Beverly Cleary does not disappoint her readers.Leigh Botts is a fifth grader whose parents have just gotten divorced His [...]
This cunningly woven allegory of the Cold War s nuclear buildup is simple and gripping enough for children to understand, if a bit fleshless Our adolescent narrator, one Leigh Botts of California both an immediate reference to Harvard President and Interim Committee member James Bryant Conant and a deep frappe indeed to the testicles or vagina of Bridge to Terebithia s androgynous lead character , devoid of a father figure the waning British Empire, their ocean spanning fleet here captured in Bo [...]
Rereading this book, I was struck with how Cleary manages to convey her narrator s complex of feelings in the limited vocabulary and understated style of Leigh Botts, a lonely and isolated young boy Leigh faces several problems in the narrative his lunch is stolen, he doesn t understand his parents divorce, he resents a pizza boy whose mother Leigh s father seems to be dating but none are neatly solved Cleary refuses to resolve them conclusively and instead shows Leigh struggling to address them [...]
A brilliant book Beverly does a fantastic job of showing how Leigh s writing changes as he keeps writing At first it is short with little to say and by the end he is getting good at showing what happens A simple story This is similar to Crenshaw in several ways This is a powerful story and I can t believe it took me this long to read it There are great tips if children really want to be a writer too Please get kids to read this It s a story will enjoy.
Dear Mr Henshaw,FUCK YOU I heard you reply to children writing letters to you so this I gotta try Fuck you for replying to Leigh Boots, that boy who was dumbly obsessed with your books with 10 stupid questions that are by definition, useless unless you re a 6 year old pixie spending afternoon sipping apple juice answering questions from a slumbook You might as well stab him in the eye with a corkscrew It killed his potential, Mr Henshaw I know Leigh wouldn t like me writing to you but I got to g [...]
Are You There God, It s Me Margaret for boys, well sorta Boy this book is depressing Dear Mr Henshaw, my errant dad stopped by for his bi annual visit last night.Dear Mr Henshaw, I sleep in the back of a gas station on a forgotton stretch of highway.Dear Mr Henshaw, my life is so lonely that the only entity I can think to communicate with is the name of an author I ve never met.Dear Mr Henshaw, life has no meaning.The End
I picked this up in a thrift store thinking that it was another book entirely but when I started it I found that it was charming story told from the point of view of a young man dealing with the fallout of his parent s divorce The young man is given an assignment in school to write to a favorite author and when the author mails him back a list of questions, he endeavors to answer them in series of letters and then journals as he grows up a bit Overall it s a great book for children of middle sch [...]
Watching the movie Stuck in Love a character makes reference to this book as his favorite while the hard character of his affection felt the same It is now one of my favorites as it has so many parallels to my life as a young boy It doesn t bother me this is Jr Fiction, what bothers me is, it took so long for me to find.
Man, how I love this book.
Dear Mr Henshaw is Beverly Cleary s highest award winner, capturing the Newbery and Christopher Awards in the early 80 s, yet it is one of my least favorites Written as a series of letters and journal entries, with absolutely no narration, Mrs Cleary somehow, miraculously, weaves together a plot, a central California setting and a well rounded character This accomplishment is a testament to her craft the story is emotional and compelling I simply don t care for the style.In a departure from her [...]
I am currently reading Dear Mr Henshaw by Beverly Cleary this book is very interesting and funny Leigh Botts the main character writes letters to Mr Henshaw because the book he is reading is by Mr Henshaw They have to do a report on the author of the book they are reading in class Leigh and Mr Henshaw write letters to each other about themselves Leigh has a hard life because his parents got divorced and he lives with his mom His mom and him don t have a lot of money so they struggle at times You [...]
Get to know Leigh Botts, first through his letters to an author he admires, and then through letters to himself in his journal It s not easy getting through sixth grade in a new school while also dealing with divorced parents, but Leigh s correspondence with Mr Henshaw helps him cope with changes in his life and alternating disappointments and triumphs.I ve been trying to remember when I first read this book I think I must have been in grade school, and although I can t remember exactly whether [...]
I find it so interesting and also rare that there are books about children dealing with divorce This book holds up over time and it made both of us go from laughing one second to being a bit sad the next.
not as good as diary of a wimpy kid but I still liked it
I picked this book up because I recently read some author s bio and he she said this book was influential in their lives Unfortunately, I don t remember who the author was or the particular significance A sweet story but not life changing for me The premise is a school aged boy writes to his favorite author He also keeps a diary, with his thoughts written in the form of letters to the author, Mr Henshaw Henshaw s role in all this is fairly minimal Most of the meat of the story is when the boy L [...]
I thought this was so good I d tried to read it as a kid and got maybe halfway through it s that thing about not liking books about boys, and I remember that I also didn t want to read about a kid whose parents were divorced, which seemed strange and unhappy to me But reading it now, I thought it was very sweet and honest and funny At one point I almost cried.I ve been trying to put my finger on why I can t give this five stars I think maybe because Leigh seems too self aware sometimes, in contr [...]
Really liked it, the so, due to the first person diary and letter narrative which I am partial to The story of a young lonely pre teen, the product of a broken marriage, who lives with his mother in a cramped house and has a good imagination and who loves writing The story starts as a letter he writes to a popular children s author as a part of a school project and carries on from there via correspondences and diary entries It was a poignant story, I felt like befriending and nurturing the poor [...]
This is the tale of Leigh Botts, a school aged boy and wannabe writer, as told in a series of letters to Boyd Henshaw, the author of Leigh s favorite book It s an interesting twist and Ms Cleary makes it work well It was a pleasure to read, though I didn t find the heart of the story, Leigh coping with his parents divorce, to be exceptionally enthralling.
When I was a wee lad I started this book several times but always stalled out before, let s say, page twenty five What an idiot I was This book is amazing.
Dear Mr Henshaw, Beverly Cleary
One of those books that I read over and over again, as a child teen young adult
In second grade, Leigh Botts reads a book How to Entertain Your Dog and writes to the author, Mr Henderson, telling him how much he enjoyed the story The next year, Leigh writes again talking about the book, about his own dog Bandit and about how he would like to be an author and write stories just like How to Entertain Your Dog In fourth grade, the teacher assigns the class to write to an author to do a report about an author Leigh writes to Mr Henderson again giving him a list of 1o questions [...]
Significantly mediocre While I generally like epistolary novels, this book reinforced for me how difficult it is for an adult to write in the journal voice of a child In this book, Leigh s voice just does not ring true Leigh, like so many other child protagonists given the same treatment, seems stupid and worthy of condescension, which I don t think is what Cleary meant to do Although some aspects of his reaction to his parents divorce seem realistic, much of the emotion here feels contrived.
I read this book as a child and have always remembered it fondly I ve tried to get my daughter to read it for 2 years, so when she came home from the school library with it last week, I was excited.I told her if she read it quickly, I might be able read it before it was due I had exactly 1 day to read it I read it in less than 2 hours It was a good read although kind of dated, I still recommend it longlivebeverlycleary
One of the best children s novels I have read It is sincere, poignant, hopeful, and spot on in dealing with emotions, both of children, and those of adults An absolute delight
This review is required for Dr Sykes READ 3307 course at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor Dear Mr Henshaw by Beverly Cleary was recommended by the publisher for children ages 8 12.Dear Mr Henshaw by Beverly Cleary is about Leigh Botts, a young boy, who is facing many new challenges as a result of his parents divorce Leigh has just moved to Pacific Grove with his mother and is going to a new school The story begins with Leigh writing a letter to his favorite author, Mr Henshaw, about a book h [...]
Six grader Leigh Botts hasn t been a very happy boy since his parents got divorced, and so he has decided to pick up where he left off in his correspondence with author Boyd Henshaw Leigh has been sending Mr Henshaw one or two letters year since first grade, but now his sixth grade teacher has assigned the class an author report to improve their writing skills.And so, Leigh decides to write to Mr Henshaw again with a list of questions for his report, including any writing tips since Leigh would [...]
Dear Mr Henshaw, by author Beverly Cleary, is a young readers realistic fiction novel that directly addresses the issue of a child who is forced to face the realities of his parents divorce probably still somewhat of a taboo theme for a young readers book in 1984.Leigh pronounced Lee Botts is a young boy 6th grade who is in love with writing He eventually wants to become an author when he grows up As part of an assignment for school, he writes a letter to one of his favorite authors, Mr Henshaw [...]