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Beezus and Ramona (Ramona Quimby #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  78,585 Ratings  ·  1,464 Reviews
Having a little sister like four-year-old Ramona isn't always easy for Beezus Quimby. With a wild imagination, disregard for order, and an appetite for chaos, Ramona makes it hard for Beezus to be the responsible older sister she knows she ought to be…especially when Ramona threatens to ruin Beezus's birthday party. Newbery Medal winner Beverly Cleary delivers a humorous t ...more
ebook, Reillustrated Edition, 208 pages
Published February 2013 by Harper (first published 1955)
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Jun 08, 2012 ABC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book when I was a kid and my son loves it now. He thinks Ramona needs a spanking, and I am inclined to almost agree. Perhaps not quite a spanking, but certainly something stronger than, "You may go to your room." I think the mom gets stricter in later books in this series, but she is wishy-washy in this one.

In a Battle of the Brats, my son couldn't decide whether Fudge or Ramona would win. I, however, thought Ramona the true champion. But she is hilarious. And actually, I started to
Allison Tebo
Jul 13, 2017 Allison Tebo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-lib
Yet another one of those books where everybody smiles at the brat and says: "Well, they'll grow out of it naturally." without offering any discipline to help the poor brat. Very annoying and not recommended.
May 17, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, children-s-lit
As a kid, I used to devour Beverly Cleary books and the Ramona series was no exception! I recently found a copy of Beezus and Ramona at the local used bookstore, and I picked it up to relive a bit of my childhood. As a child, I was drawn to the zest for life that Ramona brought to the page. However, on this go around, I found myself identifying with sweet, lovable Beezus. Her intelligent and quiet demeanor is such a contrast to that of Ramona's. I now have a younger sister and she is a lot like ...more
May 01, 2013 Tiph rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-like
Bottomline: Started to read this to my 5year old.... neither of us were impressed, so we stopped.

I remember reading this series when I was little... and my daughter loves (and very much relates to Ramona's antics in) the movie remake that came out a few years ago... so we were both very excited about starting this book. But not very far in (maybe half way through the 1st chapter), my daughter just couldn't seem to get interested... for which I was thankful - because it just wasn't settling right
Ahmad Sharabiani
Beezus and Ramona Ramona, #1), Beverly Cleary
عنوان: رامونا و بیزوس جلد 1؛ نوشته: بورلی کلی یری؛ مترجم: احمد کسایی پور؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، شهر کتاب، هرمس، 1383، در 159 ص، مصور، زبان: فارسی انگلیسی
Jan 05, 2015 FeReSHte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: america, young-adult
مادر به آرامی فر اجاق را خاموش کرد، دستگیره ای برداشت، عروسک نیم سوخته و بقیه کیک را از داخل فر بیرون آورد
بئاتریس خشمگین گفت: رامونا جرالدین کوییم بی! تو... وحشتناکی! جدا وحشتناکی ببین چه به روز کیک تولدم آوردی!؟
رامونا اعتراض کرد: خودت به من گفتی خیال کنم گرتل هستم! خب...مگر گرتل ، جادوگره را توی آتش هل نداد؟

خواهر کوچیکم عاشق مجموعه راموناست . من برای پیدا کردن راز این همه علاقه، به قفسه کتاباش دستبرد زدم و نه تنها پشیمون نیستم بلکه میخوام این کار رو واسه بقیه جلدهای رامونا هم تکرار کنم.شیطنت ها
May 06, 2012 rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, kid-lit, 2012
My own once-annoying little sister ran her first 5K this morning and texted me afterward to tell me she had done it, how happy and accomplished she was feeling. This is the perfect book to read on a day when I am thinking about her, since we certainly weren't always the sort of friends we are now.

I can't believe this book has been around since the 50's (aside from the fact that 9-year old Beezus spends her time playing checkers and making potholders). Its wisdom is contemporary and, dare I say
Jackie "the Librarian"
Sep 21, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: this is a great read aloud
Shelves: childrensbooks, humor
As a read-aloud, young children will relate to Ramona, and older, independent readers will feel Beezus's pain.
This is my favorite Ramona book, because of the episode with the library book (I'm a librarian, see). Ramona, being only four, colors in the steamshovel book Beezus checked out for her from the library, and they have to pay for it. When the librarian stamps the book "Discarded," and prepares to hand it back to the girls, Beezus sees the danger just in time. If they give the book to Ramo
Nov 18, 2012 Irene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I remember reading some, not all, of the Ramona Quimby series when I was a kid. I was delighted when Isabelle told me that Beezus and Ramona was the "read aloud" book at school - which means her teacher reads it aloud during snack time and after lunch.

I really love this series! I have as much fun reading these books to Isabelle as Isabelle does listening to me read them.

Beezus and Ramona introduces us to Ramona, and as a mother, I feel better just knowing that someone - Beverly Cleary! - seemed
I decided to read this on a bit of a whim. Inspired by D.E.A.R day I pulled out some of my old books from when I was a kid. I don't think I have read a Beverly Cleary book since I was in 3rd or 4th grade. I did read her autobiographies when I was in 7th grade for a book report. I always loved Beverly Cleary and I am excited to return to this great children's classics.
9 year old Beezus, who always seems so level-headed, is dealing with the antics of her "creative" 4 year old sister, Ramona. Beezu
Анастасия Карнаух-Теодосиева
Възмутена съм! Аз съм направо въмУтена и огОрчена от факта, че детството ми е било лишено от тази велика поредица на Бевърли Клиъри! Че не съм имала толкова голямо разнообразие от вече измислени пакости,които да пресъздам в домашни условия.

Чувствах се толкова неразбрана, а сега!! Сега виждам, че съвсем не съм сама - аз съм една истинска пораснала Рамона, която само се чуди какво пакост да извърши.

Утешава ме единствено факта, че поне сега тази поредица попадна в ръцете ми. Ако беше закъсняла с ощ
Paniz Nsr
Apr 17, 2015 Paniz Nsr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هنوز هم از خواندن این کتاب ها بینهایت لذت میبرم...
هر چند درک نمیکنم که بیزوس چرا برای دوست نداشتن خواهرش احساس گناه میکنه...
من که هیچ وقت برای دوست نداشتن خواهرم این حس رو نداشتم!
هر چند این کتاب باعث شد که خواهرم برای داشتن من شکرگزار باشد...
ولی متاسفانه نفهمیدم این کتاب چه مطلب آموزنده ای برای بچه ها میتونه داشته باشه به جز اینکه "شما هیچ چاره ای به جز تحمل خواهرتون ندارین!"
البته یک چیزی گفت که به دلم نشست و اینم اونه که مجبور نیستید همه رو همیشه ..دوست داشته باشید
I know I read some of the Ramona books as a child but I don't have particularly strong memories of them, so listening to the audiobook was an interesting experience. Stockard Channing narrates this Listening Library edition and I was disappointed with the results. I really enjoy Channing's film and tv work, but the narration just didn't work for me. Her children's voices were either whiny or outright obnoxious which makes it hard for me to decide how much of my dislike of Ramona was the writing ...more
Dichotomy Girl
This was my 4 years first regular chapter book. We started out reading it, and then switched to listening to an audiobook during the commute to school.

The thing I personally found interesting was how different 4 year olds were treated in the 1950's versus now. I found myself amazed at how much freedom a 4 and 9 year old had: Walking to the library. Going to art glass, with Ramona basically playing in the park unattended. This is amazing to me, even though I know that it echoes my own childhood.
I needed to read this one for a Copycat Challenge for my group. And man, did I hate this book.

Ramona is one of the most annoying, aggravating, stupid, idiotic characters I have ever seen (and I read a lot). I truly hated her, I don't care that she is 4 or 3 or 5 for all I care, she was a total horrendous kid. Doing whatever she wanted, and otherwise tantrum. She loved punishments (at one time in the story they decided not to give her any), she loved ruining, wrecking and destroying things, no ma
Panda Incognito
When I was a child, I never read the Ramona books, because my mom thought they displayed Bad Attitudes and encouraged me to read other things instead. I never cared, but recently, I thought I should try out the classic stories for cultural knowledge and appreciation. I now have cultural knowledge and an increased appreciation for my mother's discernment. I really did not need to read this book when I was little, and would have been even more scandalized by it than I was now.

This book is well-wri
Mar 19, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have an amazing, beautiful, old copy of Beezus and Ramona that I scored at a library book sale. I adore it, and decided to give it a reread, as I haven't visited with Ramona in forever. Can you believe this--I completely forgot the first book in the Ramona series is told from her older sister's point-of-view. Ramona is only four, and while she's just as charming and adorable as usual, four is very different from the Ramona I remember (Age 8!). What I'm saying is that I appreciated and enjoyed ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Cristi-Lael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Read this years ago, but decided to read it to the girls aloud. After the first chapter, I feared they wouldn't enjoy it because it's a little outdated and not as funny as the Bunnicula series we just finished, but I was wrong. They totally loved this first book and are chomping at the bit to have me read the rest. And that makes me happy because I really enjoyed this series when I read it the first time. (Though I think little Ramona needs some more serious punishments at times than just being ...more
Michelle Cynthia
I loved reading this series as a kid. Walk down memory lane...the books that began my love of reading.
Mar 07, 2012 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
This review consists of two parts: 1. My daughter's review (she's 8) and 2. My review (I'm the Mom). These are excerpts - for the full review please visit us at


What I liked and disliked about it:
I think I’m more like Beezus and my brother is like Ramona (sometimes), but I still like both the girls. Ramona sometimes does bad things that annoy Beezus. I like to read about the funny things that Ramona does like taking one bite out of a bunch of apple
Dec 31, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
Shelves: own, audio-book
This series was a favorite when I was a child. It's the series I think of when I think of my earliest reading. I really enjoyed this version from Audible. It was narrated by Stockard Channing. She did such a good job giving each character their own voice and personality. I highly recommend... especially for family listens. :D
Hannah Notess
May 25, 2017 Hannah Notess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First real classic read-aloud with almost-5-year-old. Great illustrations, hilarious stories, and real talk about feelings.
I love that these books stand up to being re-read as an adult from the viewpoint of a parent of a 5-year old. They're also near timeless (other than all the parents leaving their preschoolers alone at a birthday party at someone's house without a formal invitation or oral confirmation). And the difference between this and drivel like Caillou is that, when Ramona makes a mistake, the lesson is spelled out in the book rather than a child reader having to read between the lines to figure out what t ...more
Nikinnia Smith
Poor Beezus! I can definitely feel her pain as I have a little sister that is 16 years younger than me. She is constantly being annoyed by her younger sister Ramona. Ramona is a rambunctious little girl. She is always getting into some kind of trouble. In my opinion Ramona needs a good spanking. She throws tantrums, slams doors, even wonders off from home.

Beezus, her older sister is tired of Ramona annoying her, and always getting her way. She feels bad because she doesn't always like Ramona. I
Jul 13, 2015 Malia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2015-reads
Stockard Channing narrates these audiobooks, and they are a treasure!

It's funny to reread this book after so many years. It was like remembering a language I used to speak with its simultaneous familiarity and fogginess.

What kind of blows my mind is that I was (and am) a total Beezus, with my desire for quiet time for needlework and board games, and my belief in the sanctity of my library card, and Ramona-ish types really get to me. I have always felt stressed out by really high energy characte
Oct 06, 2008 Asilenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading all of the Ramona books, in order, to my oldest son for the past couple of months. What is amazing to me is how much I remember from these books, and I haven't read any of them for 30 years. Beverly Cleary is amazing. She's so good at seeing the world through kid and grown-up eyes at the same time. And she's so funny. Hearing my son laugh out loud every time Ramona does or says something pesky or silly is music to my ears. We are now on the last Ramona book (Ramona's World) a ...more
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Nov 12, 2015 Caitlen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read these books since I was a kid, so it's like I was reading it fresh. This book was so adorable! Just so sweet, and makes me long for simple family values. I love that Ramona is no Mary Sue. Beverly Cleary does a great job of writing imperfect, often misbehaving children, from a child's perspective. But she includes enough about the adults in the book that I really enjoyed this as an adult, as well.
Cody Harding
Nov 10, 2013 Cody Harding rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is yet another great book by Beverly Cleary
So good. Certainly, some of the things in the book don't hold up well on the cultural level -- Beezus playing Sacagawea in the school play, for one, and the bits about how Christopher Columbus discovered America -- but everything else absolutely does. In fact, a lot of how Cleary renders the Quimby family's position as lower middle class/working class is quite refreshing. It's rare to see now, and yet, it's reality. Fig Newtons were a dessert for this family, and Beezus getting a homemade (then ...more
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Beverly Cleary (born April 12, 1916) is the author of over 30 books for young adults and children. Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour. Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice ("Beezus"), Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse.

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“After Father had served the chicken and mashed potatoes and peas and Mother had passed the hot rolls, Beezus decidedthe time had come to tell Aunt Beatrice about being Sacajawea. "Do you know what I did last week?" she began. "I want some jelly," said Ramona "You mean, 'Please pass the jelly,' "corrected Mother while Beezus waited patiently. 'No, what did you do last week?" asked Aunt Beatrice. "Well, last week I-" Beezus began again. " like purple jelly better then red jelly," said Ramona. ' Ramona , stop interrupting your sister," said Father. "Well, Ido like purple jelly better then red jelly," insisted Ramona."Never mind," said Mother. "Go no, Beezus." Last week-" said Beezus, looking at her aunt, who smiled as if she understood."Excuse me, Beezus," Mother cut in. "Ramona, we do not put jelly on our mashed potatoes." "I like jelly on my mashed potatoes."Ramona stirred potato and jelly aroud with her fork. "Ramona you heard what your mother said." Father looked stern. "If I can ut butter on my mashed potateos, why can't I put jelly? I put butter and jelly on toast," said Ramona. Father couldn't help laughing. "That's a hard question to answer." "But Mother-" Beezus began."I like jelly on my mashed potateos," interrupted Ramona, looking sulky.” 15 likes
“Ramona grabbed the book. “It’s mine. I told you it was mine!” Then she turned to Beezus and said triumphantly, “You said people didn’t buy books at the library and now you just bought one!” 2 likes
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