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Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby #2)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  39,515 ratings  ·  741 reviews
Ramona Quimby is excited to start kindergarten. No longer does she have to watch her older sister, Beezus, ride the bus to school with all the big kids. She's finally old enough to do it too!

Then she gets into trouble for pulling her classmate's boingy curls during recess. Even worse, her crush rejects her in front of everyone. Beezus says Ramona needs to quit being a pest...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by HarperCollins (first published 1968)
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This book was published in 1968, and it TOTALLY EFFING HOLDS UP.

Beverly Cleary was my favorite author in grade school, so I was really hoping my kids would dig this and give me an excuse to reread the whole Ramona series. We read it at bedtime, and they loved it.

Ramona is a terror. The boys thought she was hilarious. Next up: Ramona the Brave!
I read this book out loud with my middle child - the (currently) 5 year old Gwennie.

So Gwennie, what did you think?

Gwennie: Great?

Dad: How many stars should I give it?

G: Uhhhhhh... 4!

D: Why 4?

G: Uhhh... 4! 4.4.4. Because I liked it a little.

D: What did you like about it?

G: I liked abouuuuuuut it. When she. Uh... Kindergarten Drop-Out.

D: That was your favorite part?

*Gwennie nods*

D: Tell me about something that happened in the book, but it can't be something that happened today?

G: What? What did y...more
"No matter what others said, she never thought she was a pest. The people who called her a pest were always bigger and so they could be unfair."

--Ramona the Pest, P. 10

"Things had such an unexpected way of turning out all wrong."

--Ramona the Pest, P. 79

This book exceeded my expectations with how good it is.
For many years Beverly Cleary has proven herself to have a striking understanding of exactly what it means to be a kid, and she succeeds with perhaps more (or at least equal) stunning sk...more
A few weeks ago, I made a list of books that my 8 year old niece might like based on books I read when I was her age. When I picked up the books from the library, I had a sudden urge to reread them for myself (or in some cases, read some children's classics for the first time).

I'm going to be a party pooper and say that I'm not sure if I should give this a two or three star review, in spite of other glowing reviews. It was a nostalgic read. I remember the characters well. However, I do not like...more
Feb 10, 2008 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, especially those who try so hard and are still misunderstood
Recommended to Mary by: myself and Mandalee
I just reread this as part of an informal "Ramona will save us, as she always has" book group with a friend. It is, by no accident, the one I reread most as a kid, in which Ramona begins school, has an actually lovable teacher, and decides to drop out after determining said teacher doesn't love her. ...Somebody please, like, knight Beverly Cleary. The woman aspires to sainthood.

Although I should probably regret the fact that I relate this much to a five-year-old, I continue to take comfort in th...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Not ADHD and not a brat. Just a healthy, lively child who is sometimes impulsive but always means well. Well, ok, in the books that focused on Henry and Beezus she seemed brattier - but then, those were told from their pov and so she would seem that way. And she was younger in them, so she was naturally more self-centered
Lars Guthrie
In Margaret Donaldson's quintessential 'Children's Minds,' she discusses the importance of 'decentering' in the language we use with children. Teachers know more than students, and thus often make false assumptions about shared knowledge: 'The better you know something, the more risk there is of behaving egocentrically in relation to your knowledge.'

Donaldson finds an example of such egocentric behavior in a story from Laurie Lee's autobiography 'Cider with Rosie.' After his first day at school...more
Natalie Rion
“Ramona the Pest” is the first of the “Ramona” series written by Beverly Cleary. This book introduces the lovable character, Ramona. In this particular book, Ramona is beginning her first year of school, Kindergarten. You soon learn about what kind of character Ramona is, a wild child. She loves horsing around, joking around, and being the typical playful kid. Her older sister Beezus, easily gets annoyed by Ramona and refers to her as a “pest”. In school, Ramona has trouble paying attention and...more
Oct 19, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun book to read aloud with your children. I don't remember reading the Ramona Quimby books when I was young, but I did love The Mouse and the Motorcycle. So when our oldest daughter brought this book home from her school library, we were very excited to read it.

I had no idea when it was originally published, although there were several parts of the book that harkened back to an earlier time. I was a bit surprised that Ramona was allowed to be at home by herself and walk alone to scho...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I didn't realize until after I had finished the book just how old this book is! 1968! Geez! I noticed some things were a bit dated like singing the "Dawnzer" song (Star-Spangled Banner) every morning at school. Also, Mrs. Quimby shopping for fabric and patterns to make clothing for her family. On this same shopping trip she bought a replacement cord for the toaster. Ha! Ha! Today, mom would probably just buy a new toaster and would not be making her own clothes. I knew it was old but I didn't kn...more
Ramona sering diolok-olok sebagai pest karena tingkahnya yang ada-ada saja. Tapi sesungguhnya setiap yang dilakukan Ramona ada alasannya. Alasan yang kadang susah dipahami orang lain. Padahal anak kecil pun seperti orang dewasa. Punya kebutuhan untuk dipahami dan disayangi. Salah seorang yang bisa memahami Ramona adalah Miss Binney, gurunya. Sikap Miss Binney, guru Ramona, bisa dijadikan contoh baik bagi para guru anak-anak. Hanya dengan tindakan kecil dari Miss Binney, Ramona yang tadinya mogok...more
Beverly Cleary has a real gift. Although her books span a period of decades, they all read as though they were written today. There's a few odd details in some of them, but mostly they rely on good storytelling and... well, very real-seeming children.

This is the story of Ramona's kindergarten year. It can be hard to find chapter books that are worth reading to kindergarteners, but this is it - Ramona actually seems like an actual child who is actually, really, truly in kindergarten! When she's t...more
What do I like about Ramona?
I like that she's innocent. She's terribly curious and interested in the world around her. She's definitely stubborn and tries too hard for attention, but she's not mischievous.
That mischievousness is a problem I have with Junie B. Jones and her ilk. The messages from those books seem to be that being sneaky, mouthy, long as you're clever about it, is a great way to be.
What I like particularly about Ramona the Pest is the way Beverly Cleary explores...more
Not much to say about the amazing Ramona series that has not already been said, we all know that they are classics. These are my favorite read-alound books because they remind adults of the pace and significance of a day's event for a child. Although I did not read this in the French I wanted to have the cover image of my favorite illistration. Get your hands on an used copy- the current edition has horrible, cutesy pictures. Ramona is a scrapper, not a sweet little girl who keeps her clothes ni...more
Emily Mellow
I would have personally stopped reading this book after a chapter or two, but Loki was ok with it, and Odin really took to it the further we got- and it's rare that he gets into a chapter book, so I HAD to continue! It did get pretty funny, but there were some annoying bits, like all the gender stereotyping. This was definitely the most exposure to "school" that my kids have ever had. Every chapter is about how Ramona deals with starting kindergarden. I don't think it's going to make them feel l...more
Update- I just reread this book. Oh my goodness. Love! :) Seriously, it needs an extra star because it's just such a fun book! Boing! :P

I need to read this again, because I don't remember much about this book except for the curls... My teacher read it to us in class in like 4th grade. I used to wear my hear curly all the time, and this one kid in my class would constantly come up to me and 'boing' my hair, just like Ramona, and run off laughing as maniacally as you can at that age. I think I ki...more
Jennifer Margulis
First written in 1968, Ramona the Pest is one of Beverly Cleary's best books.

After so many years of waiting, Ramona Geraldine Quimby is finally old enough to go to morning kindergarten. But does her mother have to wait for Mrs. Kemp and force Ramona and matter-of-fact Howie to walk together? And why does her teacher promise her a present but not give her one? And why do they sing a song about a dawnzer every morning?

Ramona, feisty, imaginative, energetic, and totally in love with the morning ki...more
Alfreda Morrissey
Still as perfect as I remember it. I think this is the best book in the Ramona series. It is funny and cute and the kids really connect with being misunderstood. Honestly I got so wrapped up while reading it, I had to take a break at the end because I started to cry when Ramona got the letter with the tooth from Miss Binney. The kids thought this was hilarious!

My seven year old who deemed Ramona the Brave boring, got sucked in to this one by accident. I was reading it to her five year old sister...more
Courtney Dyer
Look out Kindergarten! Beverly Cleary’s beloved female protagonist is back in another high-spirited adventure that is completely Ramona-esque. Re-illustrated with black ink drawings in a contemporary fashion, Ramona the Pest is the second book of her series and is sure to delight all young girls alike.

It is Ramona’s first day of Kindergarten and she can’t wait to learn to read and write and do all the things that would help her catch up to Beezus. But sometimes Ramona can be a pest… even though...more
Just finished reading this one aloud to Keira and William. We snuggled up before bedtime and giggled at Ramona's silliness. William was particularly intrigued by Ramona's kindergarten antics as he awaits the big first day of school next week. Keira could relate to Ramona's stubborness and Ramona's persistent desire to gain the love of her beautiful, young teacher Miss Binney. We will continue with the series and had so much fun with this book!
Sadie Kaminske
Beverly Cleary did a wonderful job writing "Ramona the Pest" she does a good job connecting with the little kids, she understands them. "Ramona the Pest" kept me laughing; I know the young kids would laugh also. The story line is that Ramona has been waiting all her life to grow up and go to kindergarten. When she gets there it isn't all that she was expecting and now she doesn't want to go back. She doesn’t really get along with the kids either.
Maryam Shahriari
سری 8 جلدی کتاب‌های رامونا رو به پیشنهاد و برای همراهی و تشویق خواهرزاده‌ی 10 ساله‌ام که تازه شروع به مطالعه کرده است خوندم.
خیلی خیلی از خوندنشون لذت بردم. کتاب‌ها با اینکه در غالب داستان برای بچه‌ها نوشته شده بود ولی در اصل روانشناسی کودک بود. بعد از خوندن این سری کتاب‌ها دیدم نسبت به دنیای بچه‌ها و کارهایی که می‌کنند عوض شد. فکر می‌کنم از بعد از اون روابطم هم با بچه‌ها بهتر شده. از سری کتاب‌هایی هستند که حتما باز هم می‌خونمشون.
the second of the ramona books by beverly cleary. in this one, ramona starts kindergarten. it made me really excited for when my own ramona starts school! i really enjoyed (& had forgotten) about the chapter in which ramona's teacher instructs her to "sit here for the present," & ramona thinks she means a gift, so she remains seated even when the kids are supposed to stand for the pledge of allegiance, or even go out to recess. it made me think about how dreadful the amelia bedelia books...more
Julie Decker
Ramona's starting kindergarten and she just can't wait. However, she finds that indulging in her impulses or curiosity sometimes brings punishment, and it's an awfully hard pill to swallow.

This book is realistic in that children this age sometimes have trouble respecting others' boundaries, so they may do things like pull hair and smooch other children without understanding how pestery that would be if someone was doing it to them and they didn't want it. And Ramona's indignation over not being...more
Mar 28, 2008 Becky rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children everywhere
Recommended to Becky by: Mom
Oh all the Ramona books were sinfully delightful and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Ramona always misinterprets the directions, makes a mess of things, sings the wrong lyrics " the dawnser-ly light..." she can't for the life of her figure out what a dawnserly light is...cracks me right up.
Jacquelyn Hoogendyk
I read this book as a part of the Author/Illustrator study and absolutely loved it! Ramona is excited to start kindergarten with her new teacher Miss Binney. Once school starts however, Ramona finds herself struggling to sit still and be quiet during silent reading time. For Ramona, being a pest seems to come naturally. Kindergarten goes great until a substitute teacher shows up and Ramona butts heads with her. She refuses to follow the rules and kindergarten without Miss Binney does not seem so...more
This book was read to me at some point in elementary school, and all I really remembered about it was the bit about the "dawnzer lee light."

It was really fun to revisit this book, and be able to see it both from Ramona's perspective, and also from the adults in her life.

For example, Ramona gets really irritated when adults talk to other adults about her like she isn't standing there. I see people do this to children ALL THE TIME, and I have probably even done it myself here and there! But I can...more
Julia Southwick
My awesome sister gave me the Ramona series as a graduation gift, because she knew that they were some of my favorites as a kid. I re-read this one and it reminded me how much I love Beverly Cleary! My kids will definitely read these books.
Lindsay Rogers
I never liked these books as a child, but I can see now why so many children love them. Ramona is easy to relate to and the situations that she finds herself in are ones universal to childhood.
This book was still great as an adult. Reading it in Spanish was like re-discovering Ramona and all her antics. Can't wait to move on to the next one!
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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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