Beverly Cleary captured the rebel inside every little girl when she first captured Ramona on a page. No one could replace Beverly. However, the illustrators did change throughout the years. Louis Darling, Alan Tiegreen, Joanne Scribner, Tracy Dockray, and Jacqueline Rogers all had a hand in creating the Art of Ramona Quimby.
Each of the Ramona stories are told mostly through the artwork itself. All five artists are involved in showing each story. It is easy to compare each artist’s style. I spent my time trying to determine which style I liked the most. I still don’t have an answer. Each style has its own charms.
For fans of the Ramona books, this is an unforgettable read. You get to see the stories again through the various artists’ eyes. There are also short biographies of Beverly and the five artists. Included in the appendix are letters between Louis and Beverly while he was creating the artwork. There are color reproductions of Tracy’s portfolio she used to secure the commission. The artwork is in various styles but none use the heavily-shaded pen and ink style she used in the books themselves.
The Art of Ramona Quimby is a beautiful gift for the Ramona fan in your life. 4.5 stars!
Thanks to Chronicle Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.