When I started reading the book I thought why would any one read a book that only has letters (other than Diary of a Wimpy Kid). Then when I got to the part he started talking about his school and life of divoreced parents it started getting interesting. I could relate to him because my parents were seperated before I was born. It is very tough for the child.
When he thought that his dad forgot about christmas. He thought that his dad was coming to deliver the christmas present. Then, when he called his father and heard another little boy's voice in the background I felt sad. Leigh thought that the boy was taking the place of him. I felt very sad. I would of been very mad if I never knew about the boy, and I actually never met him or heard him before.
When it got to the end I wondered what happened to the boy and his mother? Where did they go?
I rate this book a 10 because it's the best book I have ever read by Beverly Cleary.
I would have improved this book by saying a little more about where the little boy and his mother went.
When, in second grade, Leigh writes to an author to tell him how much he "licked" his book, he never suspects that he'll still be writing to him four years later. In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
It's not easy being the new kid in town, with recently divorced parents, no dog anymore, and a lunch that gets stolen every day (all the "good stuff," anyway). Writing letters, first to the real Mr. Henshaw, and then in a diary to a pretend Mr. Henshaw, may be just what he needs....Continua