Beezus And Ramona is a movie! It's due out on August 13, 2010. How they will update the simple 1955 book - in which 10-year-old Beatrice 'Beezus' Quimby deals with her exasperating little sister Ramona - is anyone's guess. The obvious change is changing an average 10-year-old kid into a beautiful 18-year-old woman. The little actress playing Ramona is 11 - a year older than the Beezus character in the book.
Even granted that a) it's easier to have older girls play the roles than very young children, and b) the movie is likely based on the series as a whole, it's a bit sad. Every once in a blue moon, there's a Precious and everyone gets all KUDOS! about how they cast someone who remotely resembles the actual character. Then it's right back to casting stars who fall so far out of the original material's vision that you begin to wonder at the point of even using the original material. Oh, right - built-in audience.
IMDB listing here
Beverly Cleary website
Harper Collins website