My Impression: I had not reread this book for many years and it was even better than I remembered! Beverly Cleary, now more than 100 years old, is the beloved author and Newbery winner of the Ramona and Henry Huggins books, not to mention two memoirs I recommend, The Road to Yamhill and My Own Two Feet. No less than Nick Kristof of the New York Times, also from Yamhill, is a fan. The four books that Cleary wrote for teen readers are less well known: The Luckiest Girl, Jean and Johnny, Sister of the Bride, and Fifteen, all well worth reading. This is one of the best examples of malt shop novels. When I worked at Avon, we were constantly discussing the packaging of Cleary’s books and how to repackage them for a modern audience. I never liked the art they came up with – here, I included the original cover art at the top, a mid-80s version in the middle, and the current cover below; you can judge for yourselves. And how could you possibly improve on the original art for The Luckiest Girl? Every reader remembers Shelley’s raincoat and its black velvet collar! In fact, look at my raincoat!
Ramona Quimby: Can you pass the Ramona quiz?
Source: Library. Because my copy is not on the shelf!
|I never liked this cover,|
created by my Avon colleagues