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Old 29 March 2016, 03:49 AM
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Default Author and Cal grad Beverly Cleary nears 100 years old: 'I didnít do it on purpose'

Beverly Cleary, one of the most popular children's author ever with her revered "Ramona Quimby" series, is preparing to turn 100 years old this April 12.

The writer graduated from Cal Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in English in 1938, and has since gone on to inspire readers and authors of all generations to follow, including the also widely lauded Judy Blume, a woman who says Cleary "was my inspiration" and "still is."

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/A...-I-7213595.php

What an amazing woman! The first chapter book I remember reading was a Henry Huggins books that an aunt gave me. Years later I read my own children the Ramona books and they got hooked on Beverly Cleary too (well until they discovered Harry Potter).

So nice to post something about a favourite, but elderly, writer and not be a RIP thread .
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Old 29 March 2016, 05:22 AM
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So nice to post something about a favourite, but elderly, writer and not be a RIP thread .
And nice to read such a thread. My grandmother, now 95, is getting tired of reading about all the young'uns passing away.

Really interesting to read how she's an inspiration for Judy Blume. Both of them had me going back to the library for more.
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Old 29 March 2016, 02:13 PM
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My brother's dog's name is Henry because of Henry Huggins.

The first volume of her autobiography (A Girl from Yamhill) is really good (I haven't read the second volume yet ).

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My brother's dog's name is Henry because of Henry Huggins.
Not Ribsy? I'm disappointed.

Another favorite by her was The Mouse and the Motorcycle, and it's lesser-known sequel, Runaway Ralph (which I'm actually more familiar with from owning a copy, whereas with the first one I had to borrow a battered copy from the library).

ETA: Just looking over a bibliography and found there's a third book in the series -- I was in my twenties by the time it came out, so not surprising I missed it, but I may have to seek it out someday...
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Ralph S. Mouse - he gets a car!
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Not Ribsy? I'm disappointed.
If you met Henry the dog, you would understand.

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My brother's dog's name is Henry because of Henry Huggins.

The first volume of her autobiography (A Girl from Yamhill) is really good (I haven't read the second volume yet ).

Seaboe
If you get the chance the second volume is very good as well (My Own Two Feet). Aside from all else, anyone who has had to deal with a difficult mother will identify and those of us who did not will be forever grateful.
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I remember many parts of the Ramona Quimby books better than I remember much of my own childhood; they were so relatable and vividly written. I don't think I ever truly tasted a hamburger and fries until I read about her longing for a Whopperburger. I could more accurately recall the time she embarrassed her teacher and herself imitating a kid she saw on television in an attempt to be discovered than I could recall my own fantasies of becoming rich and famous and what I did in pursuit of them. I wanted to be a writer, and I wanted to learn to write like that. Maybe if I live as long, I'll someday be half as good.
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My brother's dog's name is Henry because of Henry Huggins.
My brother-in-law named his dog Huggins for the same reason.
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