Category Archives: Beverly Cleary

“She would find the boy she always wanted to meet.” Or, The Luckiest Girl

This book was published in 1958. In many ways, it’s really dated, but in other ways it’s completely timeless. Honestly, I went in to this expecting to roll my eyes at the fifties-ishness of the whole thing. But I actually … Continue reading

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“Remember your pioneer ancestors,” Or, A Girl from Yamhill

In Beverly Cleary’s first memoir, she covers her life as a child growing up, first in the rural farming town of Yamhill, Oregon, and later in Portland. I’ve had this book on my to-read list for a long time, and … Continue reading

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“We don’t quarrel for fun,” or, Ramona and Her Mother

Here are two different covers for this book: I’ve been, trying to get the same versions of books that I had as a kid, but it doesn’t always work out. I find more comfort in what I held as a … Continue reading

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Sister Bride

Jinkies! I’m Alison from Literary Crap. I’m guest blogging for Nikki today. In honor of that, I bring you this super creep-tastic book. The caption on the cover art seems pretty anti-climatic.“Barbara will be in on all the fun.” That … Continue reading

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"Ramona’s confidence in herself was badly shaken." or Ramona the Brave

This isn’t the best Ramona book out there.  I can’t quite put my finger on the reasons why.  Maybe it’s because Ramona often walks a fine line between charming and annoying, and in this book she tends to fall more … Continue reading

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"The Quimbys had a clever younger daughter…"or Ramona Quimby, Age 8

This is so clearly the best cover of all the Ramona books.  Look at little Ramona, she’s freaking adorable on this cover! Throw some long blond hair on that child and that’s seriously what my youngest sister, Lindsey looked like … Continue reading

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"Nosmo King,"….or Ramona and Her Father

Guess what guys?  You can follow my blog on Facebook now!  I know, you’re terrifically excited for it! So go, become a follower.  Don’t act like you don’t have a Facebook.  Ah Ramona and Her Father.  The best of the … Continue reading

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"Why Beezus, of course you have an imagination!" Or, Beezus and Ramona

Before I start, go here to win all sorts of cool (and perhaps some very adult fun) shit from TKOG! Sorry guys.  I know I promised Ramona and Her Father.  But I’m full of suckage.  In that I had it … Continue reading

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"Maybe I really will be a famous author one day…" or Dear Mr. Henshaw

I’m kind of unsure what to think of this book. I remember NOT liking it when I read it in fourth grade. I only read it because I was all kinds of into the Ramona books and I decided to … Continue reading

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