Monday, September 2, 2019

Just Like Beverly by Vicki Conrad - ADVISABLE

Just Like Beverly : A Biography of Beverly Cleary by Vicki Conrad, illustrated by David Holm. PICTURE BOOK/NON FICTION Little Bigfoot Sasquatch Books, 2019. $19. 9781632172228

BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL - ADVISABLE 

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

Beverly Cleary was a struggling reader - contracting smallpox put her behind in school, but an encouraging teacher's support (and a rainy day) inspired her.  She always love to write became a children’s librarian where she realized that the kinds of books the children wanted still needed to be written. She accepted the challenge adapting stories from her childhood and eventually stories about her own children and created Ramona, Henry & Ribsy, Ralph S. Mouse and more.

I can’t get enough of these short picture book biographies! David Hohn’s pictures are splendid and the Conrad's text is concise - perfect for an elementary reader. Includes a thorough biography at the end including a timeline. I hope this picture book can encourage a new generation of readers to try Beverly Cleary.

Lisa Librarian

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