Item description for Jean and Johnny (Avon Camelot Books) by Beverly Cleary, Joe Krush & Beth Krush...
Overview Instead of being the happiest moment of Jean's life, it becomes the most embarrassing, when the most popular boy in the school asked her to dance and she finds herself stepping all over his feet and completely tongue-tied. Reissue.
Fifteen-year-old Jean is astonished when a handsome Johnny whirls her 'round the dance floor. She's never given much thought to boys before; now Johnny is all that's on her mind. Finally she finds the courage to invite him to a dance. But the excitement of a new dress and a scheme to take Johnny's photograph cannot stop jean's growing uneasiness that she likes Johnny a lot more than he likes her . . .This high-school story, which is both funny and touching, is about a girl who lacks self-confidence, and a boy who has too much.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Jan 2, 2007
ISBN 0380728052 ISBN13 9780380728053 UPC 046594005953
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More About Beverly Cleary, Joe Krush & Beth Krush
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.
Beverly Cleary currently resides in Carmel, in the state of California. Beverly Cleary was born in 1916.
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A throwback to a simpler time that bridges the gap between generations Mar 7, 2007
It's the first night of Christmas vacation when fifteen-year-old Jean Jarrett feels something wonderful brewing in the air. Sadly, she can't place her finger on it, all she can say is that she can feel that something nice will happen. And it does. Jean is simply accompanying her best friend, Elaine Mundy, and her mother to the local country club to drop off holiday decorations, when Jean is picked out of the crowd by a tall, handsome boy and asked to dance. And so kicks off a whirlwind adventure. While Jean does not get the boy's name, Elaine is determined to find him again, and seeks him out at school where he begins speaking to Jean on a regular basis, and making her feel special. Jean absolutely adores the attention that she's receiving, but she can't help but question it at times. After all, Johnny is a seventeen-year-old senior who is tall and handsome, and could easily have his pick of any girl at Northgate High, yet he seems genuinely interested in Jean. Short, ungraceful, glasses-wearing Jean, who can't sew a skirt together evenly, and spends her Friday and Saturday nights fantasizing about the slightly musically inept TV star, Kip Laddish, and writing to her pen pals across the world. However, as the school year progresses, Johnny seems to pay even more attention to Jean. He goes out of his way to meat her in the school hallways, calls on her to go to the drive-in for a Coke, invites her to hang out with him and his friends during lunch, and even attempts to come around to her house on the weekends to hang out with her and her folks. Jean can't help but believe that Johnny really does like her, but Jean's older sister, Sue, seems slightly skeptical. Jean is sure that Sue is simply jealous because no boys ever come calling for her. But, as Jean continues to learn more about Johnny, she begins to wonder if Sue isn't correct. Maybe Johnny doesn't feel as strongly towards her as she thought. But as long as he's spending time pursuing her, Jean feels inclined to savor each and every moment with Johnny.
With the amount of racy books on the market nowadays, it's a wonderful feeling to have the opportunity to go back to basics, and relive the nostalgia and innocence of a simpler time, when girls spent their afternoons sewing and baking, and going out to eat at a restaurant was a big deal that happened on very rare occasions. And that is what readers are treated to with Beverly Cleary's JEAN AND JOHNNY. Jean is such an adorable character, whose awkwardness is charming, and really brings her tale to life. The tight-knit relationship she experiences with her parents, and her older sister, Sue, is adorable, and is such a pleasure to read about in a sea of novels filled with teenagers who do nothing but bicker with their parents, and share rivalries with their siblings. The hard-time's that seem to plague Jean's family, while bittersweet, are also quite enjoyable to read about, as they illustrate the meaning of a penny, and the hardships that people fell upon during this particular era, when scrimping and saving was a way of life. Johnny is perfect as the cad-like big man on campus, whose ego is large, and love of himself is slightly laughable. Even as the hunk-esque character, however, Johnny is likable, in a slightly obnoxious way, who will appeal to readers of all ages. A throwback to a simpler time that bridges the gap between generations.
Erika Sorocco Freelance Reviewer
We've all lived through it... Dec 2, 2006
The closest that 15-year-old Jean and her best friend Elaine have gotten to boys is dreaming about Kip Laddish, a handsome singer with a weekly TV program. Then, one day when she least expects it, Jean meets Johnny, a handsome popular 17-year-old, and her world is turned upside down.
No longer content with imagining "what if," Jean begins to live her whole life for Johnny. Making sure she looks pretty in case she meets Johnny, replaying every conversation in her mind and walking past his house in the hopes of meeting him "accidentally on purpose" consume all of Jean's time...so much so, that she barely notices when she begins ostacizing her family and Elaine. And it takes "the hard way" for Jean to realize that just because a boy is handsome and popular doesn't mean he is kind...
some things do stay the same Dec 30, 2004
The characters in this young adult novel are so wonderfully alive! Shy but determined Jean, Johnny the adorable snake-in-the-grass, and Homer the science nerd (but not so nerdy that he doesn't ask Jean for a good-night kiss!), and Jean's sensible sister Sue and straight-arrow parents make this an interesting read. Yeah, yeah, it's set in the 50's! So what?--kids today will be both intrigued and amused by the retro references. And, it would make a great grandparent/teen together read: The grandparent could explain all the freaky references, like girls-only sewing classes in high school, and how car ownership for a teenager back then was even more of a status symbol than it is today.
This is tame enough for 5th and 6th graders to read; at that age, they are definitely interested in what adults (read "teens") do, even if they don't quite want to enter the adult world just yet.
Real Teen Life Jul 9, 2004
hey i really liked this book. It really related to what real girls in high school and sometimes junior high go through. Jean(main character) met a boy named johnny. He seemed really nice but on their first date, he stood her up and then lied about it. She accepted when he asked her on a second date( and he really came) He walked her home a lot and took pictures with her but when it came time to go to the dance which her promised to go to her with, he stood her up again and lied about it. Instead she went with his friend and had an ok time, but he really made her feel special. THe ENd
The "no illustrations" edition. Sep 3, 2002
The publishers did this book a great disservice by not including the charming illustrations that were in the original 1959 edition (and most of its subsequent editions). Though these drawings were a bit dated - Jean's dad wears horn rimmed glasses, Jean and the other girls wear long skirts and saddle oxfords to school - so is the book! Keeping these 1950s-esque illustrations would just seem appropriate for a book that is so quintessentially 1950s. Without these illustrations, a first-time reader would think that this book was about Jehovah's witnesses, what with Jean and her sister making their own clothes, the high school sewing class for girls and the lavishness of going out for Cokes. With the recent return of retro, it's amazing that the publishers didn't opt with including the old illustrations. The same goes for the new editions of "Fifteen" and "Sister of the Bride" - both Beverly Cleary books that were given the same treatment. For the full effect of these charming books, better find an older edition.