Beverly Cleary turned 100 years old on Tuesday. Her books, which follow the adventures of Ramona Quimby, her sister Beezus, Ralph S. Mouse, and all of Cleary’s other creations, have delighted and inspired readers for decades now. The Ramona stories in particular did not shy away from the tough issues of childhood, though they always stayed bright and colorful.
Teenagers think they’ve got it rough. Try being a misunderstood 6-year-old! Ramona Quimby is bound and determined to be brave as she weathers first grade, her mom’s return to work, and sleeping in the spooky dark all alone. But nothing seems to go her way this year. From a fierce dog on the sidewalk to a copycat in her classroom, Ramona has her hands full.
Beverly Cleary has a real knack for the subtle emotional complexities of young children. Never condescending, she sees children as real people with real feelings. For this, and for her hilarious tales of an imaginative and “spunky gal,” Cleary’s countless fans adore her. Winner of many awards, including the Newbery Medal, Cleary has written over two dozen books for young people. Two titles in her beloved Ramona series, Ramona and Her Father and Ramona Quimby, Age 8, were named Newbery Honor Books. Alan Tiegreen’s witty and lively line drawings have graced many of Cleary’s books over the decades, capturing the exuberant spirit of one of literature’s favorite heroines. (Ages 8 to 12)