Just Like Beverly
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.

Just Like Beverly Details

TitleJust Like Beverly
Author
ReleaseAug 13th, 2019
PublisherLittle Bigfoot
ISBN-139781632172228
Rating
GenreBiography, Childrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction

Just Like Beverly Review

  • Etienne
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Jen Solak
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Vonda
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Laura N
    January 1, 1970
    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Growing up, Ramona Quimby was one of my favorite people. I was flattered when my big sister compared me to her (turns out she had not meant that as a compliment). To this day, Beverly Cleary remains one of my favorite authors. She seems to just get children-their fears, their struggles, and their triumphs. This biography is a wonderful introduction to the beloved author. I’m dyslexic and reading about Beverly’ I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Growing up, Ramona Quimby was one of my favorite people. I was flattered when my big sister compared me to her (turns out she had not meant that as a compliment). To this day, Beverly Cleary remains one of my favorite authors. She seems to just get children-their fears, their struggles, and their triumphs. This biography is a wonderful introduction to the beloved author. I’m dyslexic and reading about Beverly’s struggles with reading was a wonderful discovery. This is an excellent book to share with a struggling reader.
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  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    Writing so others can read it is an act of faith. It takes courage to shape something from nothing and then send it out into the world. Unleashing your imagination to fashion a cast of characters, in a specific setting and have them act and react within a set of circumstances, is daunting but exciting. You need to be fearless when gathering facts through research to present to readers. Releasing your words, whether it's a phrase on social media or a novel for publication, is following a path in Writing so others can read it is an act of faith. It takes courage to shape something from nothing and then send it out into the world. Unleashing your imagination to fashion a cast of characters, in a specific setting and have them act and react within a set of circumstances, is daunting but exciting. You need to be fearless when gathering facts through research to present to readers. Releasing your words, whether it's a phrase on social media or a novel for publication, is following a path in pursuit of your passion.In 1950 an author published her first of more than forty books. Today at 103 years old this woman's name is attached to titles of many of the most beloved books read by generations of readers. Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary (Little Bigfoot, an imprint of Sasquatch Books, August 13, 2019) written by Vicki Conrad with illustrations by David Hohn allows readers to follow the life of this remarkable woman from childhood to her initial successes as an author.My full recommendation: https://librariansquest.blogspot.com/...
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  • Sandy Brehl
    January 1, 1970
    This biography of Beverly Clearyt has layers and layers of content, useful for multiple purposes. The traditional approach to a picture book narrative biography works well, with charming illustrations and a an appealing retelling of the ways in which young Beverly was able to tap into her imagination from an early age. It also reveals her fun-lying and creative socializing, experimenting, and responses to opporuitnities. Lighthearted humor in her own life reflects the light and delightful humor This biography of Beverly Clearyt has layers and layers of content, useful for multiple purposes. The traditional approach to a picture book narrative biography works well, with charming illustrations and a an appealing retelling of the ways in which young Beverly was able to tap into her imagination from an early age. It also reveals her fun-lying and creative socializing, experimenting, and responses to opporuitnities. Lighthearted humor in her own life reflects the light and delightful humor in each of her books and characters. The back matter is a surprise in that it nearly mirrors the main content, with fear pictures and a more small/dense/text format. Some new details were included, but it almost feels like an opportunity for a young reader to enjoy the picture book format several times and then make a stab at the more challenging text appearance with the support of familiar words and ideas from the main text. The timeline of her life is well done and accessible even tovevry young readers.
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  • Michelle Kidwell
    January 1, 1970
    Just Like BeverlyA Biography of Beverly Clearyby Vicki ConradSasquatch BooksLittle BigfootChildren's NonfictionPub Date 13 Aug 2019I am reviewing a copy of Just Like Beverly through Little Bigfoot and Netgalley:Just Like Beverly is the beautifully written and illustrated story of Beverly Clearly. As a little girl Beverly Clearly struggled to learn to read and found most children’s books uninteresting. She wondered why there weren’t more books with stories about kids like her. With a lot of hard Just Like BeverlyA Biography of Beverly Clearyby Vicki ConradSasquatch BooksLittle BigfootChildren's NonfictionPub Date 13 Aug 2019I am reviewing a copy of Just Like Beverly through Little Bigfoot and Netgalley:Just Like Beverly is the beautifully written and illustrated story of Beverly Clearly. As a little girl Beverly Clearly struggled to learn to read and found most children’s books uninteresting. She wondered why there weren’t more books with stories about kids like her. With a lot of hard work and the support of her parents and a special teacher who did not give up on her Beverly did learn to read, and even learned at a young age she had a gift for writing.In this non fiction book Beverly Cleary’s life unfolds, and she grows to follow her dreams of writing the books she longed to read as a child. Showing how she would become an award winning writer and one of the most famous children's authors of all time.I give Just Like Beverly five out of five stars!Happy Reading!
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  • Wayne McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    'Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary' by Vicki Conrad with illustrations by David Hohn is the true story of a beloved author.Beverly Cleary grew up in a small town without many books. She had a group of friends and they liked playing outside. When she went to school, the books she read didn't interest her because they didn't seem to be about her and her friends. This is the story of how she came to write those kinds of stories.I loved this inspiring story, and I especially loved the 'Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary' by Vicki Conrad with illustrations by David Hohn is the true story of a beloved author.Beverly Cleary grew up in a small town without many books. She had a group of friends and they liked playing outside. When she went to school, the books she read didn't interest her because they didn't seem to be about her and her friends. This is the story of how she came to write those kinds of stories.I loved this inspiring story, and I especially loved the illustrations. They look like classic childrens book illustrations. I really liked this inspiring story about not finding what you are looking for, then setting out to make it.I received a review copy of this ebook from Sasquatch Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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  • Isabelle
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Kristy Weldon
    January 1, 1970
    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 NonfictionRelease Date: August 13, 2019
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  • Angel
    January 1, 1970
    Did you know that Beverly Cleary was a children's librarian before she was a writer? Cleary also struggled with reading as a young girl. She found the children's books uninteresting and wanted to wanted to write stories about kids just like her and her friends. This small biography is charming and sweet and reminds readers to be persistent and keep trying, even if they may not be good at something at first.
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  • Maddie
    January 1, 1970
    A picturebook biography of the life of Beverly Cleary. Details her growing up and her struggle as a reader until she found books she enjoyed and a teacher who cared. Other than adoring her Romna books I didn't know anything about her life, and this book was very insightful. The pictures were great and the story was easy to follow with a lot of great information, I loved the timeline in the back of the book.
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  • Lely Reads
    January 1, 1970
    You are never too young to try. While also teaching young readers about Beverly Cleary, this book also encourages forming and following dreams. If your child has not read any Beverly Cleary books, this is a great jumping off point that can be followed by her own writing. The author has also included resources with more information in the back of the book for older readers.Thank you to NetGalley, Sasquatch Books and Little Bigfoot for providing me with an ARC.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for an ARC.This was a wonderful biography of Beverly Cleary. I love that it shares about her love of books, but also her struggle in school. A great growth mindset example! I enjoyed the illustrations and the book also had a timeline of Cleary's life.This is a wonderful book for young readers interested in biographies or wanting to do research on a famous person.
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  • Deja
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this sweet picture book biography about Beverly Cleary. I learned that Cleary's first job was as a children's librarian in Yakima, Washington--where my sister has lived with her family for seven years. I like knowing that. :) I also love the details about her childhood that she built her stories on later in life. Encouraging, happy read.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    An amazing biography about one of the most beloved children's authors. I realized that although I had grown up on her wonderful stories, I knew nothing about this amazing woman. Her story is inspiring on so many levels but especially because she had to overcome some learning difficulties and challenges in order to succeed. I loved her story and admire her even more than I did before!
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  • Mary Sanchez
    January 1, 1970
    A true legend in children's literature! I loved the message that if you want to read stories that aren't written, then perhaps you should write them. Thankfully, Beverly Cleary wrote the stories she wanted to read and we are better for them.
  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    Read while at Powell’s in her native Portland. Super charming.
  • Crystal Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a great idea for a children's biography. I hope this inspires children to return to the lost art of using their imagination.
  • John Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    The "Dear Mr Henshaw" erasure is a slight on us all, but besides that: good book
  • Debbie Tanner
    January 1, 1970
    This is a nice picture book biography of Beverly Cleary that focuses on why she became an author. It's a good story.
  • Josiphine/Tessa
    January 1, 1970
    I love Beverly Cleary. This book is adorable. I wish it had been around when I wrote a paper on Cleary a few years ago.
  • Lisa D
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! What a beautiful biography of a classic author!
  • Alice Teets
    January 1, 1970
    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Beverly Cleary is a beloved children's author who started writing stories because she couldn't find ones to read herself. This was an interesting look at her life, and I would have loved it as a child. The illustrations were delightful.
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  • Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
    January 1, 1970
    The book I remember the most from my elementary school library was a biography on Walt Disney. Just like Beverly reminds me of that feeling I got back then. Beverly Cleary was my favorite childhood author behind Laura Ingalls Wilder. Reading this biography has whetted my appetite to go back and re-read Cleary’s books and read the ones I missed. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Sasquatch Book, through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above review ar The book I remember the most from my elementary school library was a biography on Walt Disney. Just like Beverly reminds me of that feeling I got back then. Beverly Cleary was my favorite childhood author behind Laura Ingalls Wilder. Reading this biography has whetted my appetite to go back and re-read Cleary’s books and read the ones I missed. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Sasquatch Book, through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.
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