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History Creator / BeverlyCleary

12th Apr '16 8:33:55 AM wittylibrarian
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Her birthday, April 12th, is designated as "Drop Everything and Read Day" in American elementary schools, in which lessons stop and the students simply read whatever they want silently.

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Her birthday, April 12th, is designated as "Drop Everything and Read Day" in American elementary schools, in which lessons stop and the students simply read whatever they want silently.
silently. As of April 12 2016, she is 100 years young.
31st Aug '15 8:16:21 PM PaulA
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* HeAlsoDid: Cleary wrote [[http://collectingchildrensbooks.blogspot.com/2008/08/leave-it-to-beverly.html three novels tied in]] with ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''. She also wrote two autobiographies, some YA books like ''Fifteen'' and ''Sister of the Bride'', and ''Socks'', which was done in the point of view of the family cat.
31st Aug '15 8:14:29 PM PaulA
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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: One of the central themes of ''Mitch and Amy''. Happens between Ramona and Beezus too.
* TheBully: Alan Hibbler and his older friend Dwight in ''Mitch and Amy''. Henry Huggins' older friend Scooter briefly turns into a bully when he and Henry get into competition for a paper route.
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** ''Beezus and Ramona'' is the first to focus on those characters after they'd played a supporting role in the Henry Huggins books, and the only book written from Beezus' point of view.
** ''Ribsy'' is considered the final book of the ''Henry Huggins'' series, and takes the point of view of his dog, whose name is used as the [[CharacterTitle title]].
** ''Otis Spofford'', whose title character originally had a supporting role in ''Ellen Tebbits''.

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: One of the central themes of ''Mitch and Amy''. Happens between Ramona and Beezus too.
Amy''.
* TheBully: Alan Hibbler and his older friend Dwight in ''Mitch and Amy''. Henry Huggins' older friend Scooter briefly turns into a bully when he and Henry get into competition for a paper route.
Amy''.
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** ''Beezus and Ramona'' is the first to focus on those characters after they'd played a supporting role in the Henry Huggins books, and the only book written from Beezus' point of view.
** ''Ribsy'' is considered the final book of the ''Henry Huggins'' series, and takes the point of view of his dog, whose name is used as the [[CharacterTitle title]].
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ADayInTheLimelight: ''Otis Spofford'', whose title character originally had a supporting role in ''Ellen Tebbits''.



* InSeriesNickname: Beezus, a major character in the ''Henry Huggins'' and ''Ramona Quimby'' series is actually named Beatrice, but almost nobody calls her that.
25th Aug '15 6:10:00 PM Adept
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* InSeriesNickname: Beezus, a major character in the ''Henry Huggins'' and ''Ramona Quimby'' series is actually named Beatrice, but almost nobody calls her that.
25th Aug '15 4:46:47 AM Adept
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** ''Ribsy'' is considered the final book of the ''Henry Huggins'' series, and takes the point of view of his dog, whose name is used as the [[CharacterTitle title]].
18th Aug '15 9:08:28 PM PaulA
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Her largest and best-known collection of books (too loose-knit to be really a "series", although there is a chronological order) involves a group of children that includes Henry Huggins (and his dog Ribsy), Henry's friend Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby and her little sister Ramona, and Ramona's friend Howie Kemp. [[RamonaQuimby Ramona]] is the break-out star character of the series. They were adapted into a TV series in the [=1980s=] (called ''Ramona''), and a movie (called ''Ramona and Beezus'') was released in 2010.

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Her largest and best-known collection of books (too loose-knit to be really a "series", although there is a chronological order) involves a group of children that includes Henry Huggins Literature/HenryHuggins (and his dog Ribsy), Henry's friend Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby and her little sister Ramona, and Ramona's friend Howie Kemp. [[RamonaQuimby [[Literature/RamonaQuimby Ramona]] is the break-out star character of the series. They were adapted into a TV series in the [=1980s=] (called ''Ramona''), and a movie (called ''Ramona and Beezus'') was released in 2010.



* ''Literature/HenryHuggins series''
* ''Literature/RamonaQuimby series''
* ''Literature/RalphSMouse''

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* ''Literature/HenryHuggins series''
''Literature/HenryHuggins'' series
* ''Literature/RamonaQuimby series''
''Literature/RamonaQuimby'' series
* ''Literature/RalphSMouse''''Literature/RalphSMouse'' series



** ''Ribsy'' centers around Henry's eponymous dog.



* TheGenericGuy: Henry's best friend Robert. His personality was pretty much the same as Henry's but less developed. Unlike many Generic Guys, Robert was an important character all the way through the Henry Huggins series.



* InsufferableGenius: Murph from the Henry Huggins series, at first. He lightens up.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Scooter [=McCarthy=]. He often gives Henry a hard time but defends him when he's really upset. He also gets better in the later books.
* LetHimChoose: In one of the books with Henry and Ribsy, Ribsy's original owner shows up and wants his dog back. They decide to let Ribsy choose. He goes with Henry, of course.



* RunningGag: Beezus trouncing Henry at checkers.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The Henry Huggins series in general for the 1950s. Henry and his friends never play videogames and rarely watch TV, and they do things like compete over paper routes and scrounge for junk to sell to the garbage man.
18th Aug '15 6:46:36 AM Adept
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* ''Literature/HenryHuggins series''
21st Jul '15 7:44:54 PM PaulA
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* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: Ralph S. Mouse can drive toy vehicles by making the appropriate noises. And drive them in reverse by making the noises backwards.



* PlaygroundSong: "Great Green Globs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts" makes an appearance in one of the Ralph S. Mouse books.



* SurprisinglyFunctionalToys: ''The Mouse and the Motorcycle'' and sequels.
21st Jul '15 3:43:26 PM YasminPerry
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* DungeonBypass: In ''Ralph S. Mouse'', the kids build a maze for Ralph to run. Ralph climbs on top of the walls to look for the cheese, to the annoyance of the kids (who were building the maze to see how smart Ralph was in the first place).
21st Jul '15 3:29:55 PM YasminPerry
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Another well-known series by Beverly Cleary begins with ''[[Literature/RalphSMouse The Mouse and the Motorcycle]''], about a mouse who befriends a lonely boy and discovers a useful but never-quite-explained ability to [[SurprisinglyFunctionalToys drive toy vehicles as if they were real]].

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Another well-known series by Beverly Cleary begins with ''[[Literature/RalphSMouse The Mouse and the Motorcycle]''], Motorcycle]]'', about a mouse who befriends a lonely boy and discovers a useful but never-quite-explained ability to [[SurprisinglyFunctionalToys drive toy vehicles as if they were real]].
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