I always looked at this cover thinking Ramona was coming out of the birth canal. I must have just learned about birth canals.
What is Ramona Quimby, Age 8 but a tale of a girl coming into her own, emerging a fresh, wet, and shaking being from the birth canal of her parents' protection and trying to stand on her own? (Even if that meant wearing pajamas under her clothes to school like a fireman and sweating like a beast all day. Oh wait -- that was Ramona and Her Mother.)
And if I interpret the cover as a birth canal scene then it is, at least for one person, true. And that's art. (Albeit quite loosely.)
Now don't get me started about Beezus.
It's me, Jennifer Bernice (rhymes with "Furnace": it was my Granny's name) Sutkowski
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