middle aged female wrote:
Ramona’s inventor, Beverly Cleary, has sold 85 million copies of her books about Ramona, Henry Huggins, Ralph S. Mouse and other beloved figures. Cleary will turn 100 on Tuesday
I can't believe she's still alive.
Back when Brightmoor had a DPL branch I'd read Cleary's stories. What struck me then was that those books were old
, as in yellow pages and the re-skinning that they do when covers fall off. It was a thrill for me to introduce my own brood to Ramona et al. I remember being stuck on the freeway coming home from work one evening (Wikipedia reminds me that this was in '99) and hearing a snippet of an interview with her on NPR. She was promoting another "Ramona" book and I was thinking "damn, I ought to pick that up and read it." The power of interesting characters and a good story, you know...