Book Review #35: Dear Mr. Henshaw (Leigh Botts #1)- Beverly Cleary


Title: Dear Mr. Henshaw (Leigh Botts #1)
Author: Beverly Cleary
Publication: May 31st 2000, HarperCollins
Genre: Childrens, Fiction
Pages: 134
Format: Ebook
ISBN: 0380709589 / 9780380709588

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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.

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“De Liver De Letter De Sooner De Better De Later De Letter De Madder I Getter”

I happen to discover this book through the movie “Stuck in Love” where one of the main characters was inspired to be an author because of this book. And so I thought, why not give it a try, right?

It is a story of a young boy, Leigh, who struggled dealing the divorce of his parents. Then one day, he was given an assignment to write to his favorite author, Mr. Henshaw, and when this author answered back, an unexpected friendship took place. The plot was unbelievably formed through the exchange of letters between those two. It was a fast read of Leigh’s emotions and struggles, and somehow, it also looked like watching a young boy grow into a more mature one.

“I am sort of medium…I guess you could call me the mediumest boy in the class. -Leigh Botts”

This is a story written for children but somehow, it finds a place in my heart. It was funny and entirely entertaining to read; it was also eccentric with a touch of wit in a very amusing way. And now, I know what inspired the character/s in “Stuck in Love” to be an author: it is the entirety of this book.

The book was recommendable if you enjoy a fast and funny read. Over all, I did liked the book and I am looking forward to read more of Cleary’s works.


beverly-cleary-factsABOUT THE AUTHOR

Beverly Cleary is the author of over 30 books for young adults and children. Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour. When she was 6, her family moved to Portland, Oregon, where she went to grammar and high school. She was slow in learning to read, due partly to her dissatisfaction with the books she was required to read and partly to an unpleasant first grade teacher. It wasn’t until she was in third grade that she found enjoyment from books, when she started reading The Dutch Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins. Thereafter, she was a frequent visitor to the library, though she rarely found the books she most wanted to read — those about children like herself. To know more about her, head on to her biography.


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