The Complete Ramona Collection
By Beverly Cleary
(HarperCollins Publishers, Boxed Set, 9780061960901)
Publication Date: October 2009
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Kids everywhere feel connected to Ramona's unique way of looking at the world as she tries to adjust to new teachers, feels jealous about Susan's curls, and is secretly pleased by Yard Ape's teasing. The scrapes she gets herself into like wearing pajamas to school or accidentally making egg yolk shampoo are funny and heartwarming, and sometimes embarrassing. No matter what Ramona's lively, curious spirit shines through.
The appeal of the Beverly Cleary's stories about Ramona Quimby havenever faded. For the first time, all eight of Beverly Cleary's Ramonatitles are now included in one box set:
Beezus and RamonaRamona the PestRamona the BraveRamona and Her FatherRamona and Her MotherRamona Quimby, Age 8Ramona ForeverRamona's World.
Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!
Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.