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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (Aug. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068802405X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688024055
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,006,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beverly Cleary spent her early childhood on a farm in Oregon where no books were available until her mother opened a library with books from the State library. Beverly resolved to become a librarian and to write when she grew up. She fulfilled both ambitions, working as a children's librarian before going on to become one of America's best-selling children's authors. Beverly has won many prestigious awards including the American Librarians' Association Laura Ingalls Wilder award.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a story written in the form of letters from a boy to his all-time favourite author, Mr. Henshaw. Beginning in Grade 2, Leigh writes every year to Mr.Henshaw to tell him how much he likes his books. Leigh does his book project each year on one of Mr. Henshaw's books and each year reveals a little more about his own life in his letters. We find out that, Leighs father is a trucker who has left home and his mother struggles to make ends meet and there are things about his life that Leigh would like to change.
No replies from the author are printed in the Cleary's book, but we discover from Leigh that in response to his grade 6 'letter to an author, project, Mr.Henshaw asks Leigh some questions about himself which his mother makes him answer! Leigh is NOT at all pleased about the extra work this entails. No one else in his class had an author who asked them questions back!
The story is skilfully written, allowing the reader to piece together what happens in Leighs life for him or herself. Mr.Henshaw encourages Leigh in his ambition to be a famous writer by suggesting he keep a diary...he would be a lovely author to know!
This is a gentle, funny book with real emotional content and a satisfying ending. The best part about the book, according to my 9 year-old, was that, "you got to figure the story out for yourself from the letters. The author didn't tell you what happened".
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By EjB on 11 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
A brilliant and gripping read for both adults and children, will make you smile and frown. The quality of the writing made you continue reading until the very end, I didn't want to put it down!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mehajabeen Farid on 13 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
Leigh Botts is, author Boyd Henshaw's biggest fan since he was in second grade. Now in sixth grade, Leigh lives with his mother and is the new kid in his school. He's lonely, troubled by the absences of his father, a cross-country trucker, and his dog, Bandit, and angry because a mysterious thief is stealing from his lunch box. Then Leigh's teacher assigns a letter-writing project for his class. Leigh chooses Mr Henshaw wholes answers change Leigh life a lot. The rating I would give this book is 9/ 10 and I think primary school children (like me) would like it. I like a bit of one of the letters especially which goes like this:
De Liver
De Letter
De Sooner
De Better
De Later
De Letter
De Madder
I Getter
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Touching "coming of age" story 23 Jan. 2005
By J.A. - Published on
Format: Paperback
Dear Mr. Henshaw is a touching story, kind of a "coming-of-age" tale for an elementary school child. But instead of seeing this tale through a typical narrative, we see this character's growth through letters that he writes to his favorite author, Mr. Henshaw.

Cleary does a wonderful job demonstrating that growth, through decisions he makes and, most impressively, small, barely perceptible improvements in his writing.

I was quite surprised when Leigh expressed anger first at Mr. Henshaw for being late in answering the ten questions he sent him, and second for Mr. Henshaw asking Leigh to answer ten questions about himself. Leigh went from "Your friend", "Your Best Reader", to "Your Disgusted Reader".

One of the things that Mr. Henshaw suggested was that Leigh keep a journal. Leigh did so, and that's where we see the most tremendous growth of his character, as he talks about his feelings about his mom, his dad, and himself.

It's a wonderful book for kids, but also a terrific read for adults. Beverly Cleary never disappoints.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Dear Mr. Henshaw 5 Feb. 2002
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
Leigh Botts was the only one in the class who still writes to his author that was suposed to be a one time deal. leigh writes to his favorite author, Mr. Henshaw. He gives him some tips on writing and ispires him to keep on writing. Leigh makes an alarm to solve the mystery of who was stealing part of his lunch. He gets an honorable mention in a writing contest and gets called an "author" by a real author. His mom and dad are divorced, and he lives with his mom; so he gets mad when his dad doesn't call or write. The rest is up to you to read! Dear Mr. Henshaw is recommended to people who like to read about authors, enjoy realistic fiction and like inspiring stories.
This book appeals to young people in grades 5 through 8, since Leigh is in the 6th grade. He goes through some of the things the people in this age group goes through. For instance, Leigh has a single mom and his dad is a cross-country truck driver. Also, he has to make new friends, and he discovers things about himself.
The story was written through letters to Mr. Henshaw, and later, Liegh wrote in his journal, writing to Mr. Henshaw on occasion. Liegh headed his letters "Dear Mr. Henshaw". He headed his journal entries,though,"Dear Mr. Pretend Henshaw".
The emotion in this story is mostly frusteration,like when Leigh doesn't like the fact that his dad doesn't call or write. He is also frusterated when he has to answer questions that Mr. Henshaw gives him.
Dear Mr. Henshaw is an excellant book that is good for an early-yeared teen who enjoys a book with emotion and likes reading about readers.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Dear Mr. Henshaw Book Review 25 Jan. 2007
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Format: Paperback
Leigh Botts is a Boyd Henshaw fan since he was in second grade. Boyd Henshaw is a famous author who Leigh writes letters to almost every week. Leigh lives in his trailer with his mom who barely makes any money. Leigh is a super lonely kid and has no friends till a tiny miracle happens to his lunchbox. Leigh's dad drives a truck all day and Leigh is troubled by his father's absence. Leigh will finally learn to not always trust his dad. I recommend this book to ages 8 and up. I loved this book and hope you love it too.

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Dear Mr. Henshaw 27 Nov. 2002
By Shauna Granger - Published on
Format: Paperback
A classic story that many children in today's society can really relate to with the rising divorce rate. Leigh speaks on their level, simply looking for some one to reach out to.
Dear Mr. Henshaw is a great book for kids that are having troubles with their life, like everyday children. Reading this book as an adult I associated it with my personal life. Leigh has problems with his parent's divorce, he hates not being able to see his dad. This leads him to a lot of emotional stress. Through this mess one of his teachers makes him write a letter to his favorite author. Leigh writes Mr. Henshaw a letter that asks him all sorts of questions about himself. After this the two of them write back and forth for a couple of years. This relationship gives Leigh confidence in himself when Mr. Henshaw tells Leigh that he should keep a journal. This journal allows Leigh to get his feelings out. Things stop bothering Leigh so much and by the end of the book he starts to enjoy his life more. This book is really good for an upper elementary child, and can even for an adult. Simplistic artwork for the cover, which demonstrates that this story is about an average boy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Dear Mr. Henshaw 2 April 2001
By Alisha - Published on
Format: Library Binding
This book is a great book for any child to read, but may be better associated with children experiencing the problems of divorce and of making friends. I enjoyed it because Clearly writes with a charisma that draws you into the books. I read it in one sitting and felt like the little boy, Leigh, was just about real because of all of the details that Clearly supplies, from his dog to the problems with his father, he is an accurate protrayal of a real child, and that is what makes this book a great buy and quality reading.
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