A review by bookbutterfly8
The Art of Ramona Quimby: Sixty-Five Years of Illustrations from Beverly Cleary's Beloved Books by Anna Katz


[3.5/5 stars]
The Ramona books were some of the first books that I read and loved, and they clearly have a place dear in my heart. I adored the Tracy Dockray illustrations growing up, so, when I saw this book, I thought it would be a great way to delve a little deeper into the past illustrations. This book gave me just that, with excerpts from the book as well as multiple versions of illustrations from various editions. Anna Katz has done a good job compiling them, as well as adding some context to each version. A few things to note: Katz often refers to each illustrator by their name, and it can be hard to keep track which illustrator has which drawing style. Additionally, some of the bits that Katz writes can be repetitive and unnecessary for anyone who has already read the book, which I am assuming is many of the target audience. That being said, this was a great book for fans of Ramona who would like to learn a little more about the context of various versions’ illustrations. Thank you to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for providing a free digital version of this book for review.