Monday, June 22, 2009

Dear Mr. Henshaw

by Beverly Cleary

Dear Ms. Cleary,

I read your book Dear Mr. Henshaw recently and enjoyed it. The first letter that Leigh wrote about "licking" Mr. Henshaw's book made me laugh. Leigh was an interesting boy, and I felt pretty sorry for him. Divorce is such a hard thing. Plus, it would be really hard always having your dad back out of things.

I did think that Leigh was a bit annoying at times. I hated how he didn't want to respond to Mr. Henshaw's questions so he was so rude about it. But, I guess if writing to my favorite author became more like a chore, I wouldn't want to do it either. However, Leigh is also pretty clever. The burglar alarm he made for his lunch box was really cool. I would have loved something like that when I was younger. My sisters were always getting in my stuff!

I just wanted to say that while it wasn't my favorite Newbery winner, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to friends.


3 out of 5 stars


Shelley said...

Not my favorite Newbery either, but it was entertaining.

melissa @ 1lbr said...

Love your review! I can't remember if I liked this or not - I read it a LONG time ago...

Tina's Blog said...

I love Beverly Cleary and while I have heard from some other people that they didn't like this book that much, I loved Dear Mr. Henshaw as a child and still love it today...maybe it is the fact that it is written as letters and later as a journal. I have seriously read this book at least 20 times!