Review: Emily’s Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary

Emily’s Runaway Imagination
by Beverly Cleary
Rating: *****
Read 6/08/2013

I loved this book so much, I have no idea why I was so resistant to reading it. I had to be dragged kicking and screaming to Ramona as well, i suspect because the first Cleary I ever read was one of those dreadful teenage romance things, and I read it at my most cynical, disaffected and obnoxious. So my default response to Cleary is “Oh, I hate her” but in reality, I mostly love all the books she wrote. Except the teenage romances. I think.

Anyway, Emily! Oh, how I loved Emily. She’s hilarious and delightful and awkward and so very real. Everyone should read this book. Even people who think they hate Beverly Cleary. Especially people who think they hate Beverly Cleary.

 

2 thoughts on “Review: Emily’s Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary

  1. Obligatory: I love the teenage romances. All of them. Though I can see how Fifteen could inspire such a reaction (it’s the most insipid).

    I need to re-read Emily. I know it’s delightful. But I tried it as a readaloud with Iris (we had read aloud almost all the Ramona and Henry books), and it stuttered to a stop because the presence of a Chinese character whose voice is written with Ls for Rs does not work when reading aloud.

    Emily reminds me of another excellent PNW historical, The Nickel-Plated Beauty by Patricia Beatty.

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