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Beezus and Ramona (Ramona Quimby #1)

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Totally disgusted with her little sister Ramona, Beezus listens to her mother's and Aunt Beatrice's childhood memories and realizes that there's some hope for Ramona after all.
Published May 2nd 2000 by Listening Library (first published 1955)
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Dearbhail Marquis Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins live in Portland, Oregon.

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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
Oct 28, 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
Jan 06, 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
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
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
Jul 20, 2014 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 22, 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
Apr 16, 2008 Jeanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, middle-grade, series
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
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
Jun 18, 2015 Paniz 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
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.
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
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
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
Dec 09, 2015 Cristi-Lael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, own
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
Apr 14, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read these in so many years! So funny still!
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
Michelle Cynthia
I loved reading this series as a kid. Walk down memory lane...the books that began my love of reading.
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
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
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ผูเขียน เขียนดวยความเขาอกเขาใจเดกๆ
ฝายทีแสนจะเปนเดกดี และฝายทีเปนเดกสุดแสบ
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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
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
Dec 24, 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.
Mar 02, 2015 Desty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saya sudah pernah menonton film Ramona and Beezus ini. Filmnya bagus. Si Ramona itu lucu, menggemaskan sekaligus menjengkelkan. Pas nemu bukunya, saya jadi penasaran pengen baca.

Ternyata isi bukunya ini beda banget sama filmnya. Cek per cek di internet, memang hanya judulnya yang sama. Filmnya lebih mengacu ke sekuelnya buku ini.

Trus isi bukunya kayak apa? Hmmm...semacam perkenalan siapa Ramona dan Beezus. Beezus ini kakaknya Ramona (yang berumur 4 tahun). Bagi Beezus, Ramona itu anak yang ser
Sujatha Sankaran
I read this Ramona Quimby book to my four and half year old daughter. This is the second Ramona Quimby book we read together--the first was Ramona the Pest, and she loved it but wanted to read a book where Ramona was the same age as she is (Ramona is 4 in Beezus and Ramona). I loved Ramona Quimby as a kid but actually don't think I ever read this Ramona book--it's the first in the "series". I think parts of it are a little heavy on description (and light on action) though my daughter didn't seem ...more
I picked this book based on the fact that Ramona is 4 years old in the book, and Annika is four years old. There were parts of the book that make Annika laugh and she looked forward to reading it every night. However, there were whole passages and jokes that went over her head. It didn't seem to phase her and she never really lost interest, though. It was quaint to read a book that was written in the 1950's and in so many ways is completely of its time, but in other ways is timeless. Beezus is i ...more
Lydia Dyslin
I'm re-reading the entire Ramona series, for fun, in-between my other books, after hearing it read aloud to me. I love it just as much as I did last time!

All of Ramona's antics are hilarious - from her doll who she named Chevrolet (after her aunt's car), to the library, to her "writing" her name. I love this book.
Partly, probably, because I can relate so much to Beezus. I'm the oldest sister, I have a younger sister and sometimes she just drives me insane. X'D

Plus, Beverl
Nikinnia Smith garcia
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
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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.

Beverly Cleary was born Beverly At
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Other Books in the Series

Ramona Quimby (8 books)
  • Ramona the Pest (Ramona, #2)
  • Ramona the Brave (Ramona, #3)
  • Ramona and Her Father (Ramona, #4)
  • Ramona and Her Mother (Ramona, #5)
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Ramona, #6)
  • Ramona Forever (Ramona Quimby #7)
  • Ramona's World (Ramona, #8)

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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.” 14 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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