Happy Centenary

On Tuesday the 12th, children’s author Beverly Cleary turns 100.  I remember reading her Henry Huggins and Ramona the Pest books when I was four or five; I still remember fair chunks of them — Henry trying to get his dog on the city bus, Ramona thinking ‘a quarter past eight’ was 8:25, since a quarter is 25¢ — and I hope they’re still in print.  They were well written, funny, and maybe more to the point relevant: certainly I knew kids like those in her books.

No doubt they’d seem old-fashioned by now, but there’s nothing wrong with that.  We really did used to go outside and play before there were iPads and PlayStations.  I can highly recommend it.


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