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Beverly Cleary (1916–2021)

Author of The Mouse and the Motorcycle

177+ Works 130,811 Members 1,360 Reviews 86 Favorited

About the Author

Beverly Cleary was born on April 12, 1916. Her family lived on a small farm in McMinnville, Oregon, before moving to Portland. Ironically, this internationally known author of children's books struggled to learn how to read when she entered school. Before long however Cleary had learned to love show more books, and as a child she spent a good deal of her time in the public library. Cleary attended Chaffey Junior College in Ontario, Ca. and went on to earned her first B.A. in 1938 from the University of California at Berkeley. Her second degree, a B.A. in library science, was bestowed by the University of Washington in Seattle in 1939. She worked for a short time as Children's Librarian in Yakima, Washington, before moving to California. Cleary began her writing career in her early thirties. Her first book, Henry Huggins, was published in 1950. Her stories and especially her characters, Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby, have proven popular with young readers. Her books have been translated into twenty languages and are available in over twenty countries. Some of her best-known titles are Ellen Tebbits (1951), Henry and the Paper Route (1957), Runaway Ralph (1970), and Dear Mr. Henshaw (1983). Several television programs have been produced from the Henry Huggins and Ramona stories. She also wrote two memoirs, A Girl from Yamhill (1988) and My Own Two Feet (1995). Cleary has won many awards for her contributions to children's literature, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 1975, the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal in 1980, the John Newbery Medal in 1984 and the National Medal of Arts in 2003. Beverly Cleary died on March 25, 2021 in Carmel, California. She was 104 year old. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Beverly Cleary

The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1965) 10,724 copies
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (1981) 9,226 copies
Dear Mr. Henshaw (1983) 8,059 copies
Ramona the Pest (1968) 7,754 copies
Ralph S. Mouse (1982) 7,305 copies
Beezus and Ramona (1955) 6,842 copies
Ramona and Her Father (1977) 6,813 copies
Runaway Ralph (1970) 6,369 copies
Ramona the Brave (1975) 5,967 copies
Henry Huggins (1950) 5,482 copies
Ramona and Her Mother (1979) 5,294 copies
Ramona Forever (1984) 5,232 copies
Socks (1973) 4,528 copies
Henry and Ribsy (1954) 3,931 copies
Ribsy (1964) 3,630 copies
Ramona's World (1999) 3,072 copies
Muggie Maggie (1990) 3,000 copies
Henry and Beezus (1952) 2,999 copies
Strider (1991) 2,692 copies
Ellen Tebbits (1951) 2,536 copies
Emily's Runaway Imagination (1961) 2,509 copies
Henry and the Paper Route (1957) 2,439 copies
Henry and the Clubhouse (1962) 2,368 copies
Otis Spofford (1953) 1,543 copies
Mitch and Amy (1967) 1,243 copies
Beezus and Ramona 1,122 copies
Fifteen (1956) 852 copies
Two Times the Fun (2005) 710 copies
The Luckiest Girl (1958) 675 copies
Ramona's World (2001) 645 copies
Sister of the Bride (1963) 543 copies
Jean and Johnny (1959) 476 copies
My Own Two Feet: A Memoir (1995) 362 copies
It's Great To Be Eight (1997) 271 copies
Two Dog Biscuits (1960) 201 copies
The Real Hole (1960) — Author — 190 copies
The Growing-Up Feet (1987) 137 copies
Janet's Thingamajigs (1987) 130 copies
The Hullabaloo ABC (1960) 94 copies
Lucky Chuck (1984) 75 copies
Petey's Bedtime Story (1993) 69 copies
Henry and Ramona (1997) 49 copies
The Mouse and the Motorcycle [1986 TV movie] (1986) — Author — 36 copies
Leave It to Beaver (1960) 30 copies
Henry Huggins Boxed Set (1993) 23 copies
Runaway Ralph [1988 TV episode] (1988) — Author — 23 copies
Beaver and Wally (1961) 17 copies
Here's Beaver! (1961) 17 copies
The Ramona Quimby Diary (1984) 14 copies
Here Come the Twins (1989) 13 copies
The Henry Huggins Audio Collection — Author — 10 copies
Beverly Cleary's Ramona (1985) 10 copies
The Beverly Cleary Audio Collection (2011) — Author — 9 copies
Ribsy and the P.T.A. (1963) 8 copies
Socks [PB,1990] 7 copies
Ribsy Goes to School (1972) 2 copies
The Twins Again (1989) 2 copies
Ramona Quimby Series (1996) 2 copies
Beverly Cleary — Author — 1 copy
Socks 1 copy
Emily's Runaway Imagination — Author — 1 copy
Und mittendrin Ramona (2004) 1 copy
Garde Conjointe (1993) 1 copy
Ramonanin Dünyasi (2005) 1 copy
Henry og avisjobben (1972) 1 copy
Ramona's World (Ramona Series) — Author — 1 copy
Lucky Chucky 1 copy

Associated Works

Heidi (1880) — Foreword, some editions — 10,378 copies
School's In! (1997) — Contributor — 347 copies
A Newbery Christmas (1991) — Contributor — 290 copies
The Family Read-Aloud Christmas Treasury (1989) — Contributor — 279 copies
It's Heaven To Be Seven (2000) — Contributor — 202 copies
A Newbery Halloween (1991) — Contributor — 155 copies
It's Fine To Be Nine (2000) — Contributor — 123 copies
Ramona and Beezus [2010 film] (2010) — Original book — 115 copies
Best in Children's Books 35 (1960) 74 copies
Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy (2009) — Contributor — 71 copies
Best in Children's Books 26 (1959) 70 copies
It's Terrific to Be Ten (2000) — Contributor — 48 copies

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Reviews

Such a cute read, even more fun now that I have a cat of my own
 
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johanna.florez21 | 30 other reviews | May 27, 2024 |
The summer before first grade sure isn't an easy one for Ramona. There are a lot of changes going on at the Quimby house and Ramona's not sure she likes them one bit. She has a new bedroom that terrifies her, and she's positive that something is hiding under her bed. And to make matters worse, her mother gets a job to help pay for the new bedroom. Ramona sure misses her and the cookies she used to bake. School finally starts and Ramona realizes the first grade is not for cowards.
 
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PlumfieldCH | 49 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |
Fed up with his timid mother and uncle and his squirmy little cousins, Ralph hops onto his toy motorcycle and zooms down the road to summer camp. It turns out camp is not all peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and fun. A strict watchdog, a mouse-hungry cat, and a troubled boy named Garf lead Ralph on some fur-raising escapades. Perhaps home isn't such a bad place to be, if only Ralph can find a way to get there again.
 
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PlumfieldCH | 30 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |
With his rowdy cousins constantly wearing out his motorcycle and the Mountain View Inn manager threatening to take care of the mouse infestation once and for all, Ralph decides it's time to get away for a while. He convinces his human friend Ryan to take him along to school, where Ralph instantly becomes the center of attention.

But when Ryan's class decides to see how smart Ralph is by making him run a maze, the usually confident mouse starts to fret. What if he's not as clever as he thought?… (more)
 
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PlumfieldCH | 34 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |

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Statistics

Works
177
Also by
16
Members
130,811
Popularity
#53
Rating
3.9
Reviews
1,360
ISBNs
1,432
Languages
15
Favorited
86

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