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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Written by: Beverly Cleary
Narrated by: Pedro Pascal
Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
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Dear Mr. Henshaw,

I wish somebody would stop stealing the good stuff out of my lunchbag. I guess I wish a lot of other things, too. I wish someday Dad and Bandit would pull up in front in the rig ... Dad would yell out of the cab, "Come on, Leigh. Hop in and I'll give you a lift to school."

Leigh Botts has been author Boyd Henshaw's number-one fan ever since he was in second grade. Now in sixth grade, Leigh lives with his mother and is the new kid at school. He's lonely, troubled by the absence of his father, a cross-country trucker, and angry because a mysterious thief steals from his lunchbag. Then Leigh's teacher assigns a letter-writing project. Naturally Leigh chooses to write to Mr. Henshaw, whose surprising answer changes Leigh's life.

©1983 Beverly Cleary (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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

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  • simeon
  • 2017-08-31

the reader wasn't very good

the narrarator stayed the same sitting the books entirety even thought characters grows up a lot in the book. he also made the protagonist seem slow.

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  • Sara
  • 2019-09-29

Just as good as I remember

Awesome! Brought back great memories! Tgis book is truly a classic for me. I remember reading this in junior high...30 years ago and the storyline is still poignant. Makes me feel like I could be a writer some day. How quickly it can transport you to days gone by!

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  • Dean Reed
  • 2018-11-26

Review from a 10 year old

I really enjoyed this book because I’ve always wanted to be an author. I also enjoy I’m using my dog. That is why I liked this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-08-02

Dear Mr. Henshaw

Dear Mr. Henshaw is a good book with a lot of details. This book is about a young boy named Lee Bots . Lee sends letters to Mr. Henshaw about his books , and for school. Lee gets mad when Mr. Henshaw gives him questions . His mom makes him answer them , but he Ansers with your discussed reader. Mr. Henshaw gives Lee an idea to write in a diary. It works! He writes a lot of things and in joys it . He writes a book for school and gets to eat lunch with an author. The author called Lee an author . Lee was very happy. He had a problems with his lunch other kids kept taking the good stuff , so he made an alarm for it. His parents are devorsed. His dad is always on the road. Lee's mom makes treats for partys . Dear Mr. Henshaw is an outstanging book

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  • meredith
  • 2016-10-18

Perfect

This book is a awesome book!! It really shows feelings. I require it for young ones!

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  • Alex
  • 2015-11-27

Witty letter dealing with sincere issue

I loved this witty Leah's letter to Mr. Henshaw. He is dealing with serious issue (parents' divorce) yet he handles with wit. I love this novel.

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  • jasonguo
  • 2015-09-28

A pretty good book for youngsters

In this book, it talks about the boy's family and all those stuffs of wanting to be a writer. In the boy's childhood, he respects Mr.Henshaw but when he grow up, he would sometimes be very rude to Mr. Heshaw

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  • MMW
  • 2017-06-03

Enchanting

Pedro Pascal was a great choice for this absolutely wonderful classic. I was enchanted from beginning to end.