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When, in second grade, Leigh writes to an author to tell him how much he "licked" his book, he never suspects that he'll still be writing to him four years later. And he never imagines the kinds of things he'll be writing about:
Dear Mr. Henshaw, I am sorry I was rude in my last letter... Maybe I was mad about other things, like Dad forgetting to send this month's support payment. Mom tried to phone him at the trailer park where, as Mom says, he hangs his hat.It's not easy being the new kid in town, with recently divorced parents, no dog anymore, and a lunch that gets stolen every day (all the "good stuff," anyway). Writing letters, first to the real Mr. Henshaw, and then in a diary to a pretend Mr. Henshaw, may be just what he needs.
This Newbery Medal-winning book, by the terrifically popular and prolific Beverly Cleary (Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Runaway Ralph), exhibits a subtlety and sensitivity that will be appreciated by any youngster who feels lonely and troubled during the transition into adolescence. Winner of numerous other awards, including two Newbery Honors, Cleary teams up with Caldecott winner Paul O. Zelinsky, who creates a quiet backdrop for the realistic characters. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"A first-rate, poignant story ... a lovely, well-crafted, three-dimensional work." -- -- The New York Times Book Review
"Cleary succeeds again. [Her] sense of humor leavens and lightens ..." -- -- School Library Journal --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I am a student at West Virginia State University, and read this book for my Children's Literature class. Our assignment was to select a Newbery winner and report on it. Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by "barbie09220506"
Wow, what a great book for fifth Graders! The book "Dear Mr. Henshaw" by Beverly Cleary is about a boy named Leigh Botts. Leigh moves to a new town with his mother. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by Jake Sickels
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary was an ok book. Its all about an 11 year old boy named Leigh Botts and what he writes in his letters and journal. The letters are to Mr. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004
It is the most boring book that was made. It did not catch my interest at all. Writing letters, that is boring . you could at least of did something different.Published on Jan. 7 2004
Dear Mr.Henshaw is a really good book!!! The main problem is about a boy named Leigh and he writes to an author, Mr.Henshaw about his problem's. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2003
I liked this book because it delved into difficult aspects of life without causing them to overwhelm the reader. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2003 by Sokste
I never read this book as a child, but I recently read it while doing an assignment for a college course. This book is wonderful for children. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003
ï¿½Dear Mr. Henshawï¿½ is a good book that shows the effects of getting divorce on a child. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2003 by Mr.NIKORN SIMLA