Jimmy and Janet Books

What's Jimmy and Janet About

A four-year-old boy tries to dig a huge hole, but his twin sister gets in his way

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Who Wrote The Jimmy and Janet Books

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Beverly Cleary

<p>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.</p><p>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!</p><p>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. <em>Dear Mr. Henshaw</em> won the Newbery Medal, and <em>Ramona Quimby, Age 8</em> and <em>Ramona and Her Father</em> 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.</p>

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Who Illustrated The Jimmy and Janet Books

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Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan

<p> DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan’s books include <em>Grandpa’s Corner Store, City Green</em> and <em>Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen.</em> She lives in Philadelphia.

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The Real Hole - Book #1
Written by Beverly Cleary & illustrated by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

A four-year-old boy tries to dig a huge hole, but his twin sister gets in his way

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Two Dog Biscuits - Book #2
Written by Beverly Cleary & illustrated by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan
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Recommend Ages: 6-10

Four-year-old twins in search of a dog to eat their two dog biscuits find all the dogs undeserving and so they look for another recipient.

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The Growing-Up Feet - Book #3
Written by Beverly Cleary & illustrated by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Four-year-old twins Jimmy and Janet can’t wait to grow up. So when they go off to get new shoes, they buy bright red boots that will s-t-r-e-t-c-h and grow along with them. “Catches the nuances of preschool concerns with extraordinary precision.”–Kirkus Reviews.

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Janet's Thingamajigs - Book #4
Written by Beverly Cleary & illustrated by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan
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Recommend Ages: 6-10

Everyone needs thingamajigs, and four-year-old Janet means to keep, her thingamajigs to herself.

Each day Janet carefully chooses three little thingamajigs. And each day she neatly wraps them in a paper bag and puts them in her crib – safe from her brother Jimmy’s meddling hands. But when the bags fill Janet’s crib, Mother is at her wit’s end until she saves the day by giving the twins a big surprise that makes Janet’s paper-bag collection a thingamajig of the past.

In this delightful new Jimmy and Janet story, Newbery medalist Beverly Cleary vividly recreates the pride a child takes in growing up. DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan’s appealing, softly colored illustrations make this a true-to-life classic that is sure to find a place in every child’s heart.

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