New York: William Morrow and Company, 1977. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's red cloth, spine and upper board stamped in black, original illustrated dust jacket.
"'You know something?' said Mr. Quimby. 'I don't care how much that kid or any other kid earns. I wouldn't trade you for a million dollars.'" First edition of the fourth book in Beverly Cleary's Ramona series of novels for young readers. The story follows the eponymous heroine after her father loses his job. As usual, the imaginative and irrepressible Ramona takes charge and decides it will be she who saves the family from financial disarray. This includes plotting to earn millions through television commercials and subsequently starting a "No Smoking" campaign as she notices her father's habit has intensified due to the family crisis. With the perfect amount of humor and warmth, Cleary portrays the interior life of Ramona faced with an "adult" catastrophe. The novel won the Newbery Honor Book Award a year after its publication. Black-and-white illustrations throughout by award-winning children’s book illustrator Alan Tiegreen. First printing with complete number row to copyright page. Lightest soiling to endpapers; slight rubbing to extremities of unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #1922