‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Ken Jennings Perfectly Captures His ‘Mood’ in Nod to Late Author Beverly Cleary

by Matthew Wilson

Like many readers across the world, “Jeopardy!” champ Ken Jennings is mourning the passing of famed author Beverly Cleary. Jennings has been sharing tributes to the author on social media. And he also perfectly captured his current mood and maybe the mood of many.

Jennings shared an image of one of Cleary’s creations pedaling away on a bike. The character appears to be upset and using the bike as an outlet for their emotions. Like the character, Jennings is trying to outrun (or out bike) the grief he feels after the literary titan’s passing. The “Jeopardy!” contestant captioned the tweet simply with “Mood.”

Previously, Jennings offered more formal condolences on Twitter after learning of Cleary’s death. He alluded to Cleary’s famous works, writing, “RIP to a real one. Pouring out a can of Woofies dog food on Klickitat Street.”

Fans learned of Cleary’s death on Friday (March 26). But the author actually passed away on March 25 while at her home in California. Her publisher HarperCollins broke the sad news to fans across the world, confirming her death. Cleary lived to the grand age of 104.

The author wrote many series. But Klickitat Street acted as a common element in many of her works, serving as the home to characters like Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby, and Beatrice a.k.a. Beezus as well.

Beverly Cleary’s Literary Work

HarperCollins Children’s Books’ President and Publisher Suzanne Murphys commented on Beverly Cleary’s long and storied history. Like “Jeopardy!” star Ken Jennings, Murphys was saddened to learn of Cleary’s passing.

“We are saddened by the passing of Beverly Cleary, one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time,” Murphys said in a statement. “Looking back, she’d often say, ‘I’ve had a lucky life,’ and generations of children count themselves lucky too—lucky to have the very real characters Beverly Cleary created, including Henry Huggins, Ramona, and Beezus Quimby, and Ralph S. Mouse, as true friends who helped shape their growing-up years.”

During her lifetime, Cleary wrote 40 books aimed at children. Her last book “Ramona’s World” published back in 1999 and closed out both the “Ramona” series and her work as an author. Cleary’s work took on a timeless quality, found in libraries, schools, and homes throughout the world. Her books featured a cast of colorful characters, focusing on problems children face in their lives through a humorous lens. They felt relatable and entertained readers like “Jeopardy!” Ken Jennings for instance.