Beverly Cleary has given books to each member of the Quimby household except Mrs. Quimby. Now she gets her turn at last in a story that hits the high and low points of a working mother’s life, as seen from Ramona’s seven-and-a-half-year-old viewpoint.
From time to time, domestic tensions, not without their amusing side, will inevitably arise. Mr. and Mrs. Quimby sometimes forget who is supposed to do what, like when the Crock-Pot is not plugged in and dinner remains uncooked. And then there’s Ramona, who feels she is at an awkward age—too little to stay by herself when her mother is at work but too big to enjoy playing with pesty Willa Jean at her sitter’s house. Ramona just wants to feel loved and stay her mother’s little rabbit forever, so takes to twitching her nose in a cozy picture book until her teacher becomes concerned that something is making her nervous.
But Ramona is loved, and readers will rejoice with her when she discovers the wonderful truth. Few writers today are as skilled as Mrs. Cleary at showing families in the round, and here she is at the peak of her powers.
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