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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Ramona making to the big screen

Beverly Cleary was the JK Rowling of my youth. She had that kind of influence over kid readers that only the mistress of boy wizards compares to. Unfortunately, Cleary never got Rowling’s fame, riches, or sweet movie deal. At least until now. According to Variety, Fox 2000 has just closed a deal with Cleary and Harper Collins Children’s Books to develop a movie based on one of her classic characters, Ramona Quimby. Ramona is perhaps the most famous of Cleary’s characters, having starred in such popular kids books as “Beezus and Ramona”or ‘Ramona the Pest”. Of course when I was a kid, those Ramona books were mostly for girls. I think they may have had cooties. Beverly Cleary is nearly 90 now, her first book, “Henry Huggins” was published back in 1950. If there’s any hope of making a film with her involvement, then now is the time to do it. In addition to the adventures of Ramona and Henry Huggins, she’s also responsible for other classic kids books like “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” and “Henry and Ribsy”. [Monsters and Critics]


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