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What did you like most about Ribsy?
What did I like most? Cleary's observations of and understanding of the world of a scruffy canine - the way they run (scissoring their legs) , scratch fleas, view the world and above all SMELL the world. And the Uh Oh moment on which the subsequent drama hinges and what happens when the world tilts for a dog. It isn't all ha ha hee hee. I've not encountered this book for many many decades and there is much in it to delight young readers and teach adults; and much in it to delight adults and teach young readers.
What other book might you compare Ribsy to, and why?
I think Beverly Cleary and many of her novels would compare favourably with RIchmal Crompton. It's the observation of small and minor detail in a child's and dog's life which was described so well in Ribsy. The school classroom, the lunch bags, the walk to school.
Which character – as performed by Neil Patrick Harris – was your favourite?
He brought Ribsy to life.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Ribsy was on the fire escape.
Any additional comments?
Please sir could we have some more of Beverly Cleary novels especially from her earlier career: Otis Spofford, Ellen Tebbits, Henry and Beezus, Emily's Runaway Imagination. To name a few.