From the Bspot|Ramona the Pest|Originally Posted on August 5, 2009
Who remembers Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby? The Ramona books were among my favorite in the third grade. And I loved the illustrations by Alan Tiegreen. His Ramona had skinny legs and a big head with a bob of scraggly hair. The books epitomized the way I thought life should be at the age of 8. This particular sketch reminded me of the way Ramona would storm out, fists clenched and one particular incident with apples in the basement. It’s a scene where Ramona finds a crate of apples and takes one bite from each and discards it. Her theory is (or it could have been something her sister, Beatrice, told her once) that the best bite of an apple is the first.