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Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature: Ramona invented the original Portlandia


Ooo.  Lots of adult books with smatterings of children’s literature littered about the pages today.  Don’t even know where to start with this one.  Let’s see, eeny meeny miney . . . MO! Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books by Christine Woodside This […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #24: Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary


#24 Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary (1968) 68 points My fourth grade teacher gave this book to me as a Christmas present because I had a kindergarten sister. I’ve loved Beverly Cleary ever since. – Martha Sherod (Ramona is the little sister I never had but always wanted!) – Angela Krause In Anita Silvey’s […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #89: The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary


#89 The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary (1967) 22 points The classic! The current popular Humphrey books (about the classroom hamster) could never be without Ralph and his motorcycle. – Gina Detate We’re only into our second round of chapter book reveals and already Beverly Cleary has made another appearance (her first being […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #94: Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary


#94 Ramona and her Father by Beverly Cleary (1977) 20 points I grew up reading the Ramona books (up to Ramona Forever). Ramona and Her Father is my favorite, and one that I try to read every Christmas. Although first published in 1977, the upheaval caused by Mr. Quimby’s unemployment remains relevant, especially today. (And […]

Fusenews: Polar bear, polar bear, what do you see?


Howdy, folks.  I’m starting off today with a little podcast-related item.  Back in the day I tried podcasting for sport.  It was fun (I had my own intro music and everything) but after a while it became clear that podcasting is a labor of love best left to the professionals with their prodigious editing skills, […]