I am joining the rest of the world in wishing Beverly Cleary a happy 100th birthday!
I remember as a young girl receiving my copy of Ramona the Pest from the Scholastic flyers that went around our classroom each month. Ramona Quimby was a girl much like myself. I read that book so many times it became worn and tattered. I still have that well-read book on a special shelf reserved for such treasures, my name childishly scrawled inside the cover. I recall being so disappointed that my name didn't have a Q so that I could draw kitty cats from it!
As my boys have grown, they have all enjoyed many of her titles. I think Mrs. Cleary must have remembered what it was to be a child because her books have been enjoyed by children for many decades.
Thank you, Beverly Cleary, for enriching our lives with fun, humor and adventure.