Growing up, I totally loved Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books. I did my first book report on a Ramona book (Ramona and Her Mother where she squeezes an entire tube of toothpaste into the sink), I had Ramona paper dolls and I ever watched the Ramona tv show with Sarah Polley.
Which is why I was surprising to hear that they’re turning the Ramona books into a feature film starring John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan and Ginnifer Goodwin (they are playing Ramona’s parents and Aunt B respectively).
Considering how many Ramona books there were in her literary adventures (8 not including her appearances in the Henry Huggins series), it is definitely territory that is ripe for adaptation and, if done well, would definitely be fun to share with another generation. However, having grown up with the books and still having strong memories of them, I can’t help but wonder how a movie would stack up in comparison.
What say you, readers? Do you like it when your favourite childhood books are turned into movies or do you think producers should just leave well enough alone and let the books stand by themselves?
**Did you know Beverly Cleary wrote her first book in 1950 (she penned 38 in all, including two biographies) and will be 93 on April 12? Way to go, Beverly!**