Somewhere in your travels, you’ve heard of Ramona Quimby. She’s 8 and she’s a supernuisance (her words, not mine). She’s also a book character that made a permanent fixture in my childhood memories. When I was at the library recently and saw a copy of Beverly Cleary’s beloved book, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, I checked it out immediately. After rereading the book for the first time in probably 22 years, I have to say that she will forever be on my list of beloved characters. She’s quirky, unpredictable and like me, she loves the smell of erasers.
Of course, 22 years ago, the use of the internet wasn’t around so I did a little research on my old friend Ramona Quimby and was surprised to find out the following:
- Ramona first appeared in Beverley Cleary’s book Henry Huggins, which was written in 1950. (Source)
- The first time the author decided to write a story about Ramona was when she wrote Beezus and Ramona, which of course tipped to the fact that sisters don’t always get along and that Ramona was a bit of a pest. This book was published in 1955. (Source)
- Ramona’s journey started at age four (in the Henry Huggins book) and continued until she was age 10 in the last book Ramona’s World. The last book was published in 1999. (Source)
- She finally makes amends with her arch enemy, Susan Kushner, in the final book. (Source)
- The family cats name was Picky-Picky. (Source)
- Beverly Cleary is 97 years of age. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts, recognition as a “Living Legend” by the Library of
- In 1988-89 the series was adapted for Canadian television on a show aptly named, Ramona. Ramona Quimby was played by Sarah Polley. (Source)
- It was then adapted onto the big screen in 2010 and was called Ramona and Beezus. It starred Joey King (Ramona) and Selena Gomez (Beezus). (Source)
I started writing a paragraph that said adults who are 25+ are going to cherish the loveable and quirky Ramona Quimby for years to come. I still think that’s true, but thanks to the movie and the repackaged editions, I think she’s going to appeal to today’s generation and generations for years to come. It’s also very convenient that none of the books tip to a date or time, although, one might quickly pick up on the fact that cell phones and iPads don’t make an appearance. All that being said, Ramona Quimby will always be a cherished book character for me, but hopefully will become one for readers for many years to come.
Quick Ramona Memory: When I was a child (I think I was 8 when I started reading the books) I was excited to learn that Ramona had an aunt named, Aunt Bea (short for Beatrice). I call my Aunt Elizabeth, Aunt Bea (because none of us at an early age could pronounce Aunt Elizabeth). For probably 2+ years, I was convinced that my Aunt’s name was Beatrice until my parents promised me her real name was Elizabeth.
Share YOUR favourite Ramona Quimby memory with me below in the comments.