GalleyCat posted the Ramona and Beezus trailer this morning, and it was the first I’d heard of a movie adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s classic.
My first question is: Why is it called Ramona and Beezus? (The names are reversed in the book title, since it’s from Beezus’s point of view.)
What do you think of the trailer?
I guess the fantastical scenes are supposed to depict Ramona’s big imagination, but they seem too dreamy for the Quimby family. I’ll always remember when Mr. Quimby lost his job in Ramona and Her Father, and the family cat ate the Jack-o-Lantern because they couldn’t afford fancy cat food. Or when Ramona stuck her doll, Bendix, in the oven. The Ramona books were great because they showed how life isn’t perfect, and growing up isn’t easy. I’m not sure that will come across in the movie.
Will you see Ramona and Beezus, released July 23?
Related in BookPage: Read an interview with Beverly Cleary.