What We Can Learn From Beverly Cleary’s Beloved Character Ramona Quimby

Beverly Cleary.Ramona is a Boss 100 birthday pstol guest post

Writer Beverly Cleary has created one of the most beloved characters in fiction–the great Ramona Quimby (featured in such books as Ramona the Pest and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 ), who even as a kid, is as relatable as she is independent.

Of course, Cleary herself is a major boss, from whom we can glean a few secrets to big-time success.

But back to Ramona and why Cleary made her so cool: In her hugely popular Ramona Quimby series, the author wasn’t trying to make her star character, Ramona, a perfect good girl–which is exactly what we love about the character.

Ramona is #perfectlyimperfect and a more lovable and interesting girl because of it–a great reminder for those of us who get a little OCD on the perfection tip in real life. Below, Cleary shares why she chose not to paint Ramona as goody two-shoes perfect (skip to the 4:39 mark):

Happy Birthday, Ms. Cleary!

Want to glean more Cleary magic?

Check out BEVERLY CLEARY’S SECRET TO MAKING TIMELESS ART.

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