Read the article here.
I grew up with Beverly Cleary. Her books were the first chapter books I remember reading (besides Charlotte's Web, which I didn't even know how to read but pretended to when I was in kindergarten. I made my mom pack it in my bag for summer camp and "made up" my version of the book, wanting to read it so bad).
I'm excited for the movie version based on Ramona. I remember the home movie series, and this one looks even better. Now, if only I knew a young reader to take to the theatre with me!
If you have time, read this article. It talks about Cleary's life, how she got into writing, her thoughts on writing (including the current YA market). The article sites YA columnist Lizzie Skurnick who states, "With Beverly Cleary, she presents the actual emotional danger and complexity in wanting a boy to like you." I think that's why I always loved her books. She gave us simple situations that we could all relate to, but they were situations that seemed major and life changing when you were young. I remember thinking that Beezus was so cool, and I wanted to be just like her.
Beverly Cleary is also quoted saying, "I would ignore all the trends...and I would not let money influence any decisions about my book." I think she's done just that and perhaps that's why people still love her books decades later.