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I’m doing this post by special request of Steve Braunias, who kindly included me in the finalists of the ‘country’s most coveted media awards’ for my last week’s comic.

Did any of you read Beverly Cleary? She wrote the Ramona series as well. She was a precursor to Judy Blume – one of those amazing writers who can tap into children’s emotional states. We just finished Rachael King’s ‘Red Rocks’ and she has that knack too. Otto (9) stayed up late finishing it, and Gus (6) has declared it to be his new favourite book, knocking Harriet the Spy out of its top spot.

Oh, and in other news, I am appearing on a Public Address panel on creativity in the age of the internet – get your free tickets here!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve Braunias permalink
    18/06/2012 12:02 pm

    At last. Great!
    Loved the depressive barber. My barber in Pt Chevalier was a braggart and a loudmouth: “I SHOT A BIG DEER. I FLEW BUSINESS. I DRIVE A FAST CAR”, etc. Unbearable.
    A question: why are the awards “(sic)” ?

  2. Sarah Laing permalink
    18/06/2012 12:07 pm

    I should probably take the (sic) off. I was pretty gutted when I didn’t win the wine. So they are most coveted by me.

  3. 18/06/2012 12:33 pm

    I Loved the Ramona series – I’m so pleased somebody else remembers it. I read it when I was the exact same age as Ramona. The thing I remember most is how much I wanted to do what she did and squeeze out an entire tube of toothpaste, just to see how it felt. I unfortunately was too much of a good girl and didn’t. If I didn’t keep the toothpaste away from my nearly-2-year-old he would probably see how it felt.

    • Sarah Laing permalink
      20/06/2012 6:48 pm

      Oh yes, we’ve had a few toothpaste tube emptying episodes. For some reason I can’t remember the Ramona series very well, but ‘Fifteen’ is seared on my brain. Must read Ramona again.

  4. melissa laing permalink
    18/06/2012 12:42 pm

    apparently ‘g’ has now cut him off (again) cause he caught him out cheating on his (rich) boyfriend

  5. Rachael king permalink
    18/06/2012 2:52 pm

    Oo I loved Ramona the Pest.

  6. Robin permalink
    18/06/2012 6:21 pm

    Just read Fifteen for the first time recently – it made me ache for my younger self trying to understand boys. I think Beverly Cleary is the best at writing about all the mortifying things you go through trying to grow up.

  7. sarahbb permalink
    18/06/2012 8:04 pm

    I loved Ramona too. I still laugh aloud when I read those books. Can’t wait to read them to E.

  8. 25/06/2012 2:01 pm

    My cousin and I used to be in hysterics about Jane Purdy and her need for a cashmere sweater – I had forgotten all about it until now!

  9. 28/06/2012 12:53 am

    Hey Sarah, I love this comic, having just had my locks chopped off too! I’m trying all the old wives’ tales to try to get them to grow back faster…including catnip tea! I loved the Ramona books – and Henry and Ribsy and Ellen Tebbits. For some reason the bit where she pulls out the beetroot in the vacant lot on the way to school always sticks in my mind…

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