Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly ClearyDear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

Dear Mr. Henshaw

byBeverly ClearyIllustratorPaul O. Zelinsky

Paperback | May 31, 2000

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Newbery Medal Winner * Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children * ALA Notable Children’s Book

Beverly Cleary’s timeless Newbery Medal-winning book explores difficult topics like divorce, insecurity, and bullying through the thoughts and emotions of a sixth-grade boy as he writes to his favorite author, Boyd Henshaw.

After his parents separate, Leigh Botts moves to a new town with his mother. Struggling to make friends and deal with his anger toward his absent father, Leigh loses himself in a class assignment in which he must write to his favorite author. When Mr. Henshaw responds, the two form an unexpected friendship that will change Leigh’s life forever.

From the beloved author of the Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby, and Ralph S. Mouse series comes an epistolary novel about how to navigate and heal from life’s growing pains.

"A first-rate, poignant story ... a lovely, well-crafted, three-dimensional work." (The New York Times Book Review)
Title:Dear Mr. HenshawFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.32 inPublished:May 31, 2000Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0380709589

ISBN - 13:9780380709588

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beverly Cleary at her best! Through the vehicle of writing letters as part of a class project, Leigh Botts finds an expression for his loneliness and pain at his parents' divorce, and his aching longing for lost time with his father. I found myself wishing at times for a fairy tale ending and the parents reunite, but reality is often not that cooperative. A work of depth, and worthy of the Newbery it garnered.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Love Beverley Cleary, but not this book I didn't love the letter format that this book takes. Beverley Cleary wrote so many amazing books, but in my opinion, this isn't one of them. Clearly I am outvoted as it won a Newberry Medal, but if you don't care for this format, you could find it a difficult read, too.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Real Story This story was so well written because it deals with problems real kids deal with. You feel hurt for the character Leigh Botts for all the trouble he goes through. It is very well written and deserved it's Newbery Medal!
Date published: 2000-08-26

From Our Editors

The Newbery Medal-winning Dear Mr. Henshaw is popular American children’s writer Beverly Cleary at her finest: warm, witty and especially compassionate towards children ages eight to 12. Leigh Botts is an 11-year-old kid with problems -- like missing his beloved dog Bandit, a scary new school and coping with his parents’ divorce. But when Leigh begins writing to his favourite children’s author, things start to get better. A moving look at the imaginative abilities children have to help cope with everyday problems.

Editorial Reviews

"A first-rate, poignant story ... a lovely, well-crafted, three-dimensional work." (The New York Times Book Review)