Writer Beverly Cleary has created one of the most beloved characters in fiction–the great Ramona Quimby (featured in such books as Ramona the Pest and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 ), who even as a kid, is a major boss girl.
Of course, Cleary herself is a major boss, from whom we can glean a few secrets to big-time success.
But back to Ramona and why Cleary made her so cool: In her hugely popular Ramona Quimby series, the author wasn’t trying to make her star character, Ramona, a perfect good girl–which is exactly what we love about the character.
Ramona is #perfectlyimperfect and a more lovable and interesting girl because of it–a great reminder for those of us who get a little OCD on the perfection tip in real life. Below, Cleary shares why she chose not to paint Ramona as goody two-shoes perfect (skip to the 4:39 mark):
Happy Birthday, Ms. Cleary!
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