Beverly Cleary Turns 100

April 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

In childhood, the humor that results from your actions—making a NO SMOKING sign that looks like NOSMO KING, or singing about the dawnzer lee light instead of the dawn’s early light, or getting burrs stuck in your hair and not wanting to explain why you put them on your head—is very often the result of your best efforts to get along in the world as you understand it. If people laugh, it can step on your dignity a bit. Ramona bore these slights sometimes with reserve and sometimes with indignation.

At The New Yorker, Sarah Larson celebrates Beverly Cleary on the author’s 100th birthday.


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