In her second Newbery Honor Book about Ramona (the first was Ramona and Her Father), Beverly Cleary presents another slice of the Quimby family life. Author of more than two dozen children's books, Cleary has a true knack for understanding the tangle of thoughts and emotions in a child's mind and heart. Empathic, witty, and astute, she has earned many other awards, including the Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw. Alan Tiegreen's clever line drawings have charmed countless readers of Cleary's books over the years, and his style is now inextricably tied to hers.
What I think: I adored all of the Ramona books when I was a kid, but "Ramona Quimby, Age 8" stands out most in my memory. Probably because of the very funny egg scene when Ramona cracks what she thinks is a hard boil egg on her head. I remember laughing out loud the first time I read that part. Ramona is a rebellious, strong-willed, all-around fantastic character. It's impossible not to love her.
(If you haven't listened to the Ramona books on tape, they're terrific. Stockard Channing reads aloud and gets the voice just right.)
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