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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: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,714 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 popular authors. Born in McMinnville, Oregon, she lived on a farm in Yamhill until she was six and then moved to Portland. After college, as the children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, she was challenged to find stories for non-readers. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, inresponse to a boy's question, "Where are the books about kids like us?"

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the Amercan Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature.

Her Dear Mr. Henshaw was awarded the 1984 John Newbery Medal, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. In addition, her books have won more than thirty-five statewide awards based on the votes of her young readers. Her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. Mrs. Cleary lives in coastal California.



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.


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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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9 of 9 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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10 of 11 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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5 of 6 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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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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5 of 7 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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4 of 6 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Emily Bartlett just wants a library. So, her mother writes in for one, and guess what! Pitchfork is going to have a library! While waiting for the books to arrive from Salem, Emily feeds the hogs a treat, bleeches a horse, and scares her cousin half to death. Mama doesn't really know how Emily can get into so much trouble, she just says "Emily, don't let your imagination run away with you!" Emily does try, but hey, if you live in the west, during a time when cars are new, airplanes are hardley ever seen, and no one has dreamed up the TV yet, what are you supposed to do?
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This one in not as well known as the Ramona series but is just as imaginative and fun to read.
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