Who remembers Ramona Quimby, Age 8?
Or Ramona the Pest?
I hope these books are a treasured memory of your childhood, like they are mine. But if they are, chances are, the books you read might have had different illustrations than the ones I remember. Like many classic children’s books, Beverly Cleary’s well-loved and enduring series has had many illustrators over the years — five, in this case. (GASP! What do you mean, the pictures in my head aren’t THE ONLY version of Ramona and Beezus to exist?! How dare you!)
Once you get past that moment, this book celebrates all those illustrators and their different visions for this classic set of characters. The illustrations are interspersed with biographical information and interesting essays about each illustrator’s vision and intent. Even if you just browse through the illustrations, this is a lovely diversion and trip down childhood memory lane!
The art of Ramona Quimby : sixty-five years of illustrations from Beverly Cleary’s beloved books
by Anna Katz
New Arrivals, 2nd Floor
NC975.5.C54 K38 2020