Sorry, Bookstores. Cleary Likes Me Best.
There was a rather nice article in the San Francisco Chronicle this past Saturday on Beverly Cleary's very first movie adaptation (tv adaptations don't count). Aside from some fabulous words on how she doesn't want to, "turn kids into consumers" (hence never marketing herself and her books to the gills) there is this rather interesting quote:
"I haven't been very enthusiastic about the commercialization of children's literature," she says. "Kids should borrow books from the library and not necessarily be buying them."
Interestingly enough the movie will be based on Ramona and Her Father. Perhaps because her father loses his job this was deemed the most dramatic of the Ramona series. Read the article in any case.