For example, in Ramona the Brave , the first grade class has to make owls using paper bags, glue, and several other things. Ramona notices that Susan, who she doesn't get along with in the first place, is copying all of Ramona's attempts at originality.
When Susan's owl gets praise from the teacher for being original, Ramona, in fear that she will be considered the copycat rather than Susan, tears up her own owl, then later, Susan's, and stomps out of the classroom and runs home in tears. That's the sort of event that many adults would see as simply a little kid being overdramatic about some little thing, but the way the story tells it from Ramona's eyes in third-person limited , we understand her pain, her hurt at having been copied by the kid sitting next to her, and her fear of being mistakenly thought to be the copycat herself.
And of course, her rage at being made to apologize and at Susan's smug look, so we can't help but relate and yet also, as adults, cringe when Ramona follows up the apology with a whispered insult. There's plenty of light humor as well. Some of Ramona's behaviors and solutions to problems are a little odd or occasionally bizarre to an adult, but make perfect sense from her point of view. For example, also in Ramona the Brave , Ramona tries to fight a scary dog by throwing her shoe at it; the dog promptly steals and runs off with said shoe.
Ramona tries to hide her socked foot in class, then later decides to create a makeshift slipper out of paper towels stapled together in a slipper shape and use that as a substitute. Cute, funny stuff from an adult or older kid perspective, and an excellent example of why these books have so many adults as a Periphery Demographic. Even as Ramona ages throughout the series, the issues she faces and the "important to kids, usually overlooked by adults" problems she deals with continue to be age-appropriate relative to her current age.
In Ramona Forever , in which Ramona enters fourth grade, Ramona finds herself blamed when bratty Willa Jean, then aged 5, breaks an accordion. After all, shouldn't 9-year-old Ramona have been looking after her more closely and stopped it?
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Ramona soon learns in no uncertain terms that Willa Jean's lazy grandmother hates looking after kids, and doesn't like Ramona. This time, her parents are more understanding. The first two books in the series were illustrated, as were most of Cleary's books in the s and s, by Louis Darling. After Darling's death in , Alan Tiegreen took over as illustrator through 's Ramona Forever and also drew the cover art for Ramona's World. Later editions of the first two books also featured new cover art by Tiegreen. It makes a great read-aloud book.
Beverly Cleary's books about everyday kids are a pleasure for every reader, no matter what age. Families can talk about their own kids' challenges with younger family members.
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