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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Rep Ill edition (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439356407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380709236
  • ASIN: 0380709236
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Emily is vividly real." -- -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Emily's adventures make the book as freshly funny as Henry Huggins." -- -Association of Children's Literature

About the Author

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up.

Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.



Tracy Dockray is a fine artist and illustrator who has contributed to more than twenty illustrated books, including the bestselling Grimm's Grimmest, Delia at the Delano, and all of Beverly Cleary's highly popular children's books, most notably Ramona. A member of the Society of Illustrators, she holds an MFA from Pratt and lives in New York City.

Customer Reviews

My daughter loves when I read this to her.
ROBERT M.
This is a great read-aloud book - 9 chapters, 221 pages.
M. Heiss
Beverly Cleary was my favorite author as a child.
Lena

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Denny on November 26, 2001
Format: Library Binding
Ok, I'm a late bloomer. I've just discovered Beverly Cleary in my middle-age and did I pick the right book to start with! Emily is a charming child, and I'm quickly discovering how Ms. Cleary can really "think like a child". Emily's adventures are always questionable but always fun!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lena on November 10, 2002
Format: Library Binding
I just reread this book as a teacher/adult. I read it as a child almost twenty years ago, I liked it back then too. Very sweet and humorous. It is a great picture of Americana with Grandpa's automobile, Sunday after-church picnics, and party-line telephones! And then the pigs with the rotton apples during Mama's elegant party. Terrific!! I can see the characters in my grandparents.
Great way to remind children to get outside and play or read instead of sitting in front of the television. How did we survive with out video games? The computer? Wonderful to read aloud for quality time.
Beverly Cleary was my favorite author as a child. Now as a teacher and parent, I get to share her books with a new generation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
I will never forget this book. I read it in elementary I am 28 now. Everytime I hear the word imagination I think of Emily. I will never forget her trying to Clorax a horse. Many other things I read or see somewhere else remind me of this book. I was hooked on Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume books growing up. Some books I read do not exist anymore. Instead of reading Sweet Valley High I was hooked on Canby Hall books. Christoper Pike got me into mystery thriller stories until he got too much into the vampire stuff which I was not interested in at the time. I have looked up the books I read when I was older and they were no longer being printed. I am glad to find out my kids can still get Cleary and Blume books almost 30 yrs after they were written.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
Emily's Runaway Imagination by Bevery Cleary is a good story. Emily is a girl who lives on a farm. She had some wild ideas. She wanted her father's horse to turn into a snow-white steed so, she tried to bleach it with Clorox. One of her good ideas was to set up a library in her town. I liked this story because it made me laugh. It's fun to read about crazy things kids do. The author wrote a realistic fiction to show us how to have crazy ideas. She also wanted us to see that we should not always do the crazy things that pop into our head!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Penny Thoughtful on June 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
Unlike most of Beverly Cleary's books, this one is based on the author's early childhood on a farm in Yamhill in the early twentieth century. It is a wonderful glimpse into the life of a little girl who licked the stamp on the envelope that led to the first town library. (The author's real-life childhood was not nearly so idyllic, but her love for the farm and the old country and town people shines through.) This book is unique and wonderful.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 17, 2001
Format: Library Binding
If you like adventure then Emily's Runaway Imagination is for you! It's about a girl who liven in Pitchfork, Oregon in the first half of the 1900's and has a good imagination. Once she chloroxes the horse. Once she makes a pie crust that floats to the top of her pie, and once she thinks her mom is trading her for a monkey wrench! I hope you like this book because I certainly do.
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"Emily's Runaway Imagination"
Written by Beverly Cleary
(Harper Collins, 1961)
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Children's author Beverly Cleary gives Louisa May Alcott a run for her money with this brisk, delightful book of autobiographical fiction based on her childhood memories of growing up in rural Oregon in the early 1920s. These stories are some of Cleary's finest writing, and are echoed in her more strictly autobiographical memoir, "A Girl From Yamhill," although these versions are more tightly crafted and lighthearted, indeed they are a delight. Cleary deftly paints a picture of bucolic rural life, where conditions that modern readers might consider harsh are borne with grace and good nature. Each chapter is a self-contained story, fitting into a larger narrative. The connecting thread of this volume is how Cleary's mother helped create a local library for their small farming town, as well as "Emily's" emerging awareness of her role in the wider, adult world. Along the way we are treated to Cleary's recollections of life before television or radio, of a small town bounded by alfalfa fields, party line telephones and good-natured local gossip, and of her earliest memories of riding in a rattly, thrilling Model T Ford.

Fans of the better-known Henry Huggins and Ramona The Pest books should love this as well, as will readers who enjoy gaining an intimate, authentic window into the world of the past. Highly recommended! (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
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Of all of Beverly Cleary's children's books, this one is the most autobiographical. These stories ring completely true in their gently comic take on rural American life in the 1920's--reminding me of stories that I have heard from my own parents and grandparents. In a world full of close cousins, community events, and farm work, Mrs. Cleary spins many a wonderfully warm and nostalgic tale. I especially liked the story about the pigs that got drunk on fermented apples--I laughed til I cried as I read my children that story! The author also gets it right how in a small country town a secret is impossible to keep--as her young protagonist Emily makes the error of correcting her Chinese neighbor's pronunciation of the name of her dog "Prince" as "Plince"--so that from that day forward everybody in community referred to that dog as "Plince"--much to the embarrassment of poor Emily! Emily, as a stand in for the young Beverly Cleary, also gives you insight to a love of reading that would later lead to the writing of these wonderful books--as the girl uses the dollar she won in a local costume contest to buy the yearned-for novel "Black Beauty."
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Beverly Cleary's birthday, April 12th, is celebrated across the country on D.E.A.R. Day, with activities related to the Drop Everything and Read Program. One of the most popular and honored authors of all time, Beverly Cleary has won the Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. She makes her home in coastal California.

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