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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary

  1. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    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!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jen Solak

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    KC

    A wonderful look at the life of beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    I love Beverly Cleary's books. I didn't love this biography. I do see the author's challenge; Clearly's life was rather ordinary. I just wish the biography was more inspiring and less report-like. Cleary's voice and personality didn't come through. As Cleary is still alive at 103, there's time to wait for another biography that will spark the imaginations of young readers. Review based on an ARC received through NetGalley.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shiloah

    So many reasons to love Beverly in addition to Ramona and Henry. Great biography! Beautiful illustrations.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ms. B

    I enjoyed the appendix, "How Beverly Bloomed" and the timeline at the end of the book more than the actual story. First published in 1950, when she was only 34 years old; her last book was published in 1999 when she was 83. Even more incredible, she is still alive and over 100 years old.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael Fitzgerald

    Great to have a biography of Cleary telling of her path from a struggling student to a famous children's author and pointing out how her characters came from her own life. Absolutely hate the dumb attempt to make this two books by including SIX pages of very small type that tells the whole story AGAIN in another way (ostensibly for advanced readers). Pick your audience and just write one good book, for heaven's sake. What is particularly problematic is that the easy section talks in detail about Great to have a biography of Cleary telling of her path from a struggling student to a famous children's author and pointing out how her characters came from her own life. Absolutely hate the dumb attempt to make this two books by including SIX pages of very small type that tells the whole story AGAIN in another way (ostensibly for advanced readers). Pick your audience and just write one good book, for heaven's sake. What is particularly problematic is that the easy section talks in detail about the evil teacher Miss Falb and the saintly teacher Miss Marius and only briefly mentions Miss Smith in passing. In the advanced section, Miss Smith gets the starring role and the other two never appear. I don't have a problem with a concluding author's note that explains and elaborates on the story already presented, but this is thousands of words (accompanied by essentially duplicate illustrations) that is partly redundant and partly entirely different. Lastly, a two-page timeline tells the whole story AGAIN but with specific years named. It's like they think that readers won't even bother to look at any of the other sections in the book. Cleary's autobiographies (A Girl from Yamhill and My Own Two Feet) surely supplied all the details, but these sources are never acknowledged. Seems a little dishonest. What also seems suspect is the similarity to David Stabler's Cleary section in the earlier Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Great Writers. Conrad's book just retells the same stories in very much the same words. Perhaps not actionable, but definitely not praiseworthy. Hohn's illustrations are fine - though just average, not exceptional.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    Two biographies in one! The main part of the book is the illustrated biography of Cleary. After this, there is a section called "How Beverly Bloomed" which is the bio again, written for older children and adults, with smaller print and more details. Following this is a timeline of Cleary's life. Both biographies are well-written, interesting, and include many fascinating tidbits about Cleary's life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I love how she was slow at reading and struggled a little. Look at how far she went. This is one of the reasons I love libraries. People can get better.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Becky B

    A picture book biography of librarian turned author, Beverly Clearly, from her childhood to current day. This is a fabulous look at a little girl who couldn't find herself in books and then couldn't find the children she served at the library in books, so she wrote the books that she and they would want to read. And oh boy, did the world agree those books were wanted. It is fun to learn about aspects of Beverly's own childhood that she wove into her stories. I also had no idea that she was a libr A picture book biography of librarian turned author, Beverly Clearly, from her childhood to current day. This is a fabulous look at a little girl who couldn't find herself in books and then couldn't find the children she served at the library in books, so she wrote the books that she and they would want to read. And oh boy, did the world agree those books were wanted. It is fun to learn about aspects of Beverly's own childhood that she wove into her stories. I also had no idea that she was a librarian before she became an author. Make sure you check out the further information in the back of the book. Highly recommended for any budding authors, and of course, fans of Cleary's books. P.S. I just love the illustrations!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    A look at the life of Beverly Bunn who grew up as an only child on a farm in Yamhill, Oregon, who struggled with reading as a young grade school student. But soon blossomed into the world famous author Beverly Cleary, who is best known for her children's books the Henry Huggins series featuring Ramona Quimby, and various other books.

  13. 4 out of 5

    JoJo Ames

    Beverly Cleary (104 years old at the time of this review) has written many beloved books for children. Her stories transcend time. This picture biography highlights the experiences that made Beverly Cleary the well loved children's author she is. Truly, a living legend! Outstanding illustrations which show the Ramona in young Beverly!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    Encouraging book for those struggling to read and at school! lovely illustrations! Sweet :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    I heart Beverly Cleary, and this wonderful picture book biography is a fantastic nod to her. The illustrations feel Ramona-like, which is such a great tribute. Simple and fun.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marni

    I love a good picture book biography, and this one is perfect. Since I grew up reading Ramona over and over, it was fun to learn that Beverly's childhood contained a lot of similarities.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Every generation of kids needs books with kids who look like them. Thank goodness for the Beverlys, who write true to life and to fill a need.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Syreeta Moore

    What a charming story! I'm still laughing at the "dawnzer lee light" myself, but Beverly is certainly a funny lady! She is also an inspiration to me now. As a librarian and self-published author, it was really special to see how her love of books shone through her and poured into the care she has for other people. And to be 104! She really is incredible :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 4 STARS 2019; Sasquatch Books/Little Bigfoot (Review Not on Blog) This brief biography for kids has gorgeous illustrations and introduced readers to a beloved author. This is a great book to read with kids. I loved Beverly Cleary as a kid, and am enjoying my rereads. Cleary wrote for kids that wanted to read books where the characters were like them. Cleary has been writing for several decades, so the novels are a bit dated, but the same feelings you have reading them never changes. ***I re RATING: 4 STARS 2019; Sasquatch Books/Little Bigfoot (Review Not on Blog) This brief biography for kids has gorgeous illustrations and introduced readers to a beloved author. This is a great book to read with kids. I loved Beverly Cleary as a kid, and am enjoying my rereads. Cleary wrote for kids that wanted to read books where the characters were like them. Cleary has been writing for several decades, so the novels are a bit dated, but the same feelings you have reading them never changes. ***I received an eARC from NETGALLEY***

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    There is so much about this book that I enjoyed! The art was lovely, and a perfect compliment to the story. Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby books were very much a part of my childhood, and the narrative and art very much was paid homage to her style. Seeing Beverly struggle through reading and finding her way through hard work and dedication, the role books played in her life, and her journey was very enjoyable. There's also a hefty dose of inspiration to be found in these pages, a reminder that There is so much about this book that I enjoyed! The art was lovely, and a perfect compliment to the story. Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby books were very much a part of my childhood, and the narrative and art very much was paid homage to her style. Seeing Beverly struggle through reading and finding her way through hard work and dedication, the role books played in her life, and her journey was very enjoyable. There's also a hefty dose of inspiration to be found in these pages, a reminder that if we can't find what we want in the world, that we've got the power to create it. This was sweet and wonderful. Honestly, I'd like to share this with any kiddo who would let me lol

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vonda

    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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura N

    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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Isabelle

    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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan The Book Dragon Campton

     Just Like Beverly by Vicki Conrad with illustrations by David Hohn. Conrad’s style keeps this book simple, easy to read and makes a heart warning tribute to a woman who loved children. Add Hohn’s simplistic, colorful illustrations and you have a biography for anyone Book Dragon from one to 1,001. I love this book because of it’s honesty. It explains how our dear Beverly struggled with school. The teacher who refused to let her write with her left hand, as an old South Paw myself, I understand the  Just Like Beverly by Vicki Conrad with illustrations by David Hohn. Conrad’s style keeps this book simple, easy to read and makes a heart warning tribute to a woman who loved children. Add Hohn’s simplistic, colorful illustrations and you have a biography for anyone Book Dragon from one to 1,001. I love this book because of it’s honesty. It explains how our dear Beverly struggled with school. The teacher who refused to let her write with her left hand, as an old South Paw myself, I understand the pain and horror a child goes through with a teacher like that. The struggle to read. Once having learned to read, the quest to find really good reading material. We see Beverly struggle, but we also see her perservere. It was fun reading how her life unfolded. The games she played. How she went from Beverly Bunn to Mrs. Beverly Cleary. And her first book. I read them all as a Nestling. My favorite series being Ralph the Mouse. I still have most of my Beverly Clear collection, except for the ones I have given various Nestlings I have had the privilege of teaching to read. If you, too, loved Beverly, I strongly encourage you to get this book. And read it with your Nestlings. Beverly did so much for all of us, she deserves to be remembered. And then grab a few of her books and introduce your own Nestlings to Beverly. Please leave a comment with your favorite Beverly Cleary books. I’d love to see what you liked! Until tomorrow, I remain your Book Dragon. I received this book from little bigfoot Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    Growing up in Yamhill, Oregon, Beverly spent her days on the family farm with animals for friends. She only had two books growing up, so she made up her own stories instead. When her mother got a children’s library created in Yamhill, Beverly finally had access to more stories. After moving to Portland, Beverly started school, determined to learn to read in class. Numbers were easy for her, but reading was hard. It didn’t help when she had to stay out of school for weeks due to smallpox. It wasn Growing up in Yamhill, Oregon, Beverly spent her days on the family farm with animals for friends. She only had two books growing up, so she made up her own stories instead. When her mother got a children’s library created in Yamhill, Beverly finally had access to more stories. After moving to Portland, Beverly started school, determined to learn to read in class. Numbers were easy for her, but reading was hard. It didn’t help when she had to stay out of school for weeks due to smallpox. It wasn’t until the following year that she got a teacher who put in extra effort with Beverly to help her learn to read. Soon she was writing too and eventually became a librarian. When Beverly heard children asking for stories about kids like them, she was inspired to try her hand at writing children’s books! Conrad has created an engaging biography where readers can see Cleary’s inspiration from her own childhood reflected in her books for children. The difficulty that Cleary had learning to read is shown in great detail, echoing the immense effort it took to learn. It is inspirational for children who may be having difficulty learning to read to see someone who eventually became one of the most famous children’s authors of all time having the same problems. The art by Hohn is bright and friendly. The use of period clothing really helps place the book in the past visually and keeps the bright-eyed Beverly from feeling too modern. It also shows the great sense of humor that Cleary had throughout her life. An inspiring story of triumph and achievement. Appropriate for ages 6-9.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Pietro

    When I was 7 years old my mother gifted me Beverly Cleary's wonderful book Ramona age 8. However I believed you had to be 8 years old to read that book. Was I wrong but it was something that always stuck with me. I was a slow learner and reading was one thing that held me back from enjoying Ramona and her friends. I struggled to quickly read page after page but I found with Cleary's books I could identify with her characters and feel a sense of warmth in her imaginative worlds. "Just like Beverl When I was 7 years old my mother gifted me Beverly Cleary's wonderful book Ramona age 8. However I believed you had to be 8 years old to read that book. Was I wrong but it was something that always stuck with me. I was a slow learner and reading was one thing that held me back from enjoying Ramona and her friends. I struggled to quickly read page after page but I found with Cleary's books I could identify with her characters and feel a sense of warmth in her imaginative worlds. "Just like Beverly" is the kind of book I have been needing in my life. After reading about Beverly Cleary's childhood and home life it struck a cord with me. She was super motivated to learn but struggled in school and felt belittled by her teachers. She didn't have many friends and longed for the day to stay home from school and not read and write. Until she meet one teacher who took the time to show her compassion and patience and Beverly's little heart fluttered with excitement to learn. Before she knew it she was a wiz in school and made many new friends. I loved this book so much and her world seemed like my world written on these pages. The story was sad but happy and had much heart. I loved hearing Beverly's story and learning about her life and times. It brought back so many grand memories of summer morning sitting in our study reading Cleary's amazing works. I'm so glad this book has found its way into my hands and will be one I glance back at from time to time.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Such a wonderful picture book biography! Perfect for budding young writers and lovers of Beverly Cleary's work as a children's author. The story starts with young Beverly Bunn-- a girl who struggles to read and enjoy school, but with the help of her mother and encouragement from her teachers, she grows into a reader and writer, slowly becoming the beloved author that we all know today as Beverly Cleary-- creator of Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby, Ralph S. Mouse, and so many others! My favorite quo Such a wonderful picture book biography! Perfect for budding young writers and lovers of Beverly Cleary's work as a children's author. The story starts with young Beverly Bunn-- a girl who struggles to read and enjoy school, but with the help of her mother and encouragement from her teachers, she grows into a reader and writer, slowly becoming the beloved author that we all know today as Beverly Cleary-- creator of Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby, Ralph S. Mouse, and so many others! My favorite quote from the book was one that came after she learned that she had won the animal essay contest. The prize was two dollars and she was ecstatic to win. The man who handed her the prize told her she was the only one who entered, but Beverly didn't care. Here is the quote: "In fact, she learned a powerful lesson: Try! Anyone can talk about writing, but only those who sit down and do it will succeed." It reminds me that it is important to write. To try even when we think we have no hope of succeeding. The book also reminded me of the impact teachers, librarians, and adults everywhere can have on children. And finally, it reminded me that, "If you don't see the book you want on the shelf, write it." -Beverly Cleary

  28. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    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/...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    First of all, I remain amazed that Beverly Cleary is still with us: yes, she will be 104 in April. This is an endearing picture book biography, with illustrations by David Hohn that wonderfully echo the old Louis Darling line illustrations in the Ramona books that many of us remember. Kids will identify with Beverly's desire to fit in, and her struggles in school and with reading (I'm so glad we don't force lefties to write with their right hand any more). I especially liked the lesson she took First of all, I remain amazed that Beverly Cleary is still with us: yes, she will be 104 in April. This is an endearing picture book biography, with illustrations by David Hohn that wonderfully echo the old Louis Darling line illustrations in the Ramona books that many of us remember. Kids will identify with Beverly's desire to fit in, and her struggles in school and with reading (I'm so glad we don't force lefties to write with their right hand any more). I especially liked the lesson she took from a writing contest -- she was worried about the competition of her classmates, but it turned out that she was the only one who entered! "Try! Anyone can talk about writing, but only those who sit down and do it will succeed." Her adulthood was also interesting: though she had a marriage proposal from Clarence Cleary after college, she wanted a career. She became a children's librarian, they married later when he moved to California to be with her, and he was the biggest supporter of her pursuit of writing. This was in the 1940s! There is a more detailed retelling of her life story, and a timeline, after the picture book concludes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    Just Like Beverly A Biography of Beverly Cleary by Vicki Conrad Sasquatch Books Little Bigfoot Children's Nonfiction Pub Date 13 Aug 2019 I 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 Beverly A Biography of Beverly Cleary by Vicki Conrad Sasquatch Books Little Bigfoot Children's Nonfiction Pub Date 13 Aug 2019 I 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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