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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 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.
About the Author
VICKI CONRAD is a teacher with a passion for literacy development and inspiring students to love reading just as much as she did as a child. Growing up, she was always found with a book in her hand, and she has stayed that way ever since. When she is not writing or teaching, she is traveling the world, growing a garden, or searching for stories. She has called Seattle her home for many years. She doesn't mind the rain, as long as she has coffee, friends, and good books for company. Just Like Beverly is her first book.
DAVID HOHN is an illustrator based in Portland, Oregon. His days are spent in the studio imagining what it would be like to be someone else, doing something elseand then he paints it.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Vicki Conrad and David Hohn beautifully captured the life, influences, and history of the amazing author Beverly Cleary in this heartfelt tribute. This book is a fun cross section of Beverly Cleary's life. An evaluation of the influences, both good and bad, that led to her becoming an award winning, beloved children's author. Conquering the span of a lifetime can be difficult within the confines of a picture book. However, Vicki Conrad brilliantly wove two threads into a fun narrative of Beverly Clearly. First, if you don't see yourself in books, then write them yourselves. And second, talk is cheap, if you don't try, you'll never succeed. For teachers and devoted fans, Vicki included a more detailed 6-page biography and a timeline. This is a tender tribute to a writer who has touched many lives. A wonderful book for anyone who loves Beverly Cleary's books or is looking for an excellent nonfiction biography to add to a collection.
As an avid reader when I was little and still now, I am really excited about this book. Just Like Beverly by Vicki Conrad is a biography about Beverly Cleary, a popular children's book writer. The feeling she describes of not seeing herself represented realistically in the books she was reading as a young child is an issue that I felt as well and that has come up as a topic again in the last couple of years for certain topics. Her story is encouraging. heartwarming, and the illustrations adding a fun layer to the story. i will be excited to add this to my bookshelf.
When I was a child, one of the first chapter books that I loved was called Ellen Tebbits. Years later, I introduced my children to Ramona and Beezus. Then, more recently I read about Beverly Cleary's 100th birthday. Clearly, she [s known to me as a beloved children's author. This book, that is illustrated with humor and a sense of nostalgia, tells the story of Beverly. She was a child with a vivid imagination who, at first, did not like school. Having a teacher who took a special interest in her helped to change this as did having a seventh grade teacher who encouraged her to use her imagination. Beverly Cleary went on to become a children's author who wrote stories based on her experiences and her sense of the kinds of books that children want to read. She started with Sparerib (Ribsy) and Henry and progressed from there. This book includes the illustrated biography along with more detailed information at the end of the book. Young readers and author hopefuls will enjoy this story as will those who have read books by the talented Ms. Cleary. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this e galley in exchange for an honest review.
Just Like Beverly is the story of Beverly Clearly. It is written for children. Beverly Clearly was definitely one of my favorite authors as a child. Who doesn't love Ramona? I know I read every book by Beverly Clearly that was available in the school library. This is a great book to share with children about an amazing author and how she became an author. Thank you Netgalley and Sasquatch Books for the opportunity to read and review this book. Children's Nonfiction Release Date: August 13, 2019