Ramona Quimby is quite possibly the most loved Beverly Cleary character. Actually, Ramona Quimby quite possibly could be the most loved children’s literary character, ever. At least, she’s one of mine. Ramona lives to get attention, meddle in her sister Beezus’ business, and help her parents in any way that she can (as long as it’s not inconvenient for her). That’s exactly what Ramona and Her Father, #90 on the Top 100 Children’s Books list, is about.
In this highly adorable yet poignant novel, Ramona’s father has just lost his job, which means cutting down on visits to Whopperburger and more cigarettes and coffee for said father. Ramona begins to worry about the happiness of her family and starts practicing for her acting career, during which she believes she will make a million dollars and her father will never have to work again. Precious, right? Beverly Cleary does a superb job, as usual, telling the story from the view of a young child. Even though Ramona really cannot do anything to help her father’s employment status, or her sister’s grade in her Creative Writing class, she still tries to contribute what she can with what resources she has been given.
Even though this novel was originally published in the 1970’s, the message still rings loud and clear. With the status of the economy being so precarious at this time, and employment at a high point, many young children are likely experiencing what Ramona is experiencing. Get this book in their hands! You will not be disappointed.