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|First appearance||Beezus and Ramona|
|Last appearance||Ramona's World|
|Created by||Beverly Cleary|
|Portrayed by||Jason Spevack|
|Family||Willa Jean Kemp (Younger Sister)
Mr. Robert Quimby (Uncle)
Mrs. Dorothy Quimby (Aunt)
Beezus Quimby (Oldest Cousin)
Ramona Quimby (Younger Cousin)
Roberta Quimby (Youngest Cousin)
Fictional character personality
Howard "Howie" Kemp is the curly-haired boy who lives next door to Ramona. They are friends (mainly because their parents are friends) but sometimes they don't like each other. Howie is the polar opposite of Ramona. Ramona is imaginative and easily excited. Howie is analytical, literal, and never gets excited, which frustrates Ramona. When Ramona tells her class that workmen chopped a hole in their house in Ramona the Brave to make a new addition, Howie tells the class she is lying. His point is that the workmen pried off some siding and technically did not "chop a hole" in the house. Howie's parents think that he needs to be more creative. Ramona stayed at Howie's house and was baby-sat by his grandmother until Uncle Hobart teased her and Mrs. Kemp punished and blamed Ramona for not stopping Howie's sister Willa Jean from breaking the accordion that her son had given to Willa Jean.
Howie has a fascination with tools and building things. Mr. Kemp regularly brings scrap wood home for Howie to build projects with. One time, Howie took a wheel off Ramona's tricycle to turn it into a bicycle, which pleased Ramona. In Ramona and Her Mother, Howie and Ramona made a boat out of scrap wood and tried to make it float in a tub of water. Ramona tried to make it blue by using some bluing liquid. While reaching for it, she spilled it all over both of them, much to Howie and his grandmother's dismay. He also made tin can stilts for both of them when Ramona told him that Mrs. Swink did that as a child. Howie has a younger sister and an older sister but his older sister is only mentioned once or twice in "Ramona the Pest." Howie's younger sister is Willa Jean Kemp.
Howie and Ramona like to play a game called Brick Factory, where they collect bricks from around the neighborhood and pound them to dust.
In third grade, Howie becomes Ramona's cousin because his Uncle Hobart gets married to Ramona's Aunt Beatrice.
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