Today’s question, and my response:
We have been talking about admirable qualities. So let’s keep going! Name a writer you admire and list his or her admirable qualities…on the page. What about this person’s writing makes him or her a total original?
I discovered Beverly Cleary as a child, and have always enjoyed her writing. After learning to read with Dick, Jane, and Sally, and later reading through the Bobbsey twin and Five Little Pepper series, it was kind of refreshing to encounter characters that I could actually empathize with, since they were never unrealistically well-behaved. Beezus. Ramona, and Henry Huggins seemed just like any normal kids I knew in real life, and I loved following their adventures as they got themselves into and out of scrapes. Writers like Cleary, Crockett Johnson, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, Mary Calhoun, Lois Lensky, H.A. Rey, and others, seemed to have a good handle on not only what kids were like, but also on what they liked to read.