Ramona Quimby is a character intimately known by Beverly Cleary readers. In this story of Ramona’s year in second grade, they will come to know Mr. Quimby equally well.
As the story opens, Mr. Quimby loses his job without warning, and Ramona’s seven-year-old view of this all-too-frequent family crisis hails the full range of emotions and all that comes with them, from tears to laughter.
Not surprisingly, Ramona takes an active hand in the problems that develop. She practices television commercials in hopes of earning a million dollars but only succeeds in insulting her teacher when she delivers a disparaging line about wrinkles in pantyhose. She grows concerned that Mr. Quimby’s smoking will blacken his lungs and empty his wallet, so she launches an energetic No Smoking campaign. Sometimes Mr. Quimby’s temper frays under the strain of his uncertain future and Ramona’s attentions, but he proves as resilient as his daughter, and the Quimbys cope better than they realize.
Once again children will be both entertained and comforted by the triumphs and tribulations they find in this wise, funny book.
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