When Mr. Quimby loses his job, everyone in the Quimby family is down in the dumps--even Picky-Picky the cat won't eat his food. However, having her father out of work means he's home when Ramona returns from school, giving her plenty of time to bond with him over such things as her love of drawing and his attempts to quit smoking. Still, the strain of Mr. Quimby's unemployment is hard on everyone, and it seems to Ramona that all the family does is snap at one another. Will the Quimbys be able to survive Mr. Quimby's unemployment? Occasional B&W illustrations accompany the text. A 1978 Newbery Honor book.