Author: Beverly Cleary
Title: Ramona and Her Father
Narrator: Stockard Channing
Publication Info: New York : Listening Library/Random House Audio Publishing Group, p1991.
I sadly deprived myself of Beverly Cleary books as a child, so I’m making up for lost time. In this Ramona Quimby book, her father is laid off meaning that Ramona spends more time than usual with her father at home. There are a lot of sweet father-daughter moments that touch me as a daddy myself. But Ramona’s father can also be cranky and short-tempered, especially from being unemployed and forced to quit smoking by his daughters. It’s a funny and timeless book about childhood and family.
I’ll bet that boy’s father wishes he had a little girl who finger-painted and wiped her hands on the cat when she was little and who once cut her own hair so she would be bald like her uncle and who then grew up to be seven years old and crowned herself with burs. Not every father is lucky enough to have a daughter like that.