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Beverly Cleary
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Viva Ramona! (Ramona Quimby #7)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  26,685 Ratings  ·  329 Reviews
From the moment Howie Kemp's mysterious "rich" Uncle Hobart arrives from Saudi Arabia, everything around Ramona Quimby seems to be changing. Life for Ramona, now a grown-up third-grader, is full of beginnings and discoveries and surprises-one very big surprise and one "very" small, but just as special!
Through all the happiness and confusion, and some small moments of sadne
Paperback, 181 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Espasa Calpe Mexicana, S.A. (first published April 28th 1984)
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Sep 18, 2009 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember being totally disappointed that the new baby was named Roberta. I still kinda am; Mr. Quimby's suggestion of Quentin Quincy Quimby was better. These books have made me laugh so much on the adult re-read. They are clever.
May 23, 2008 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I know there's a book that comes after this one, this one seemed to be more of a Ramona reunion type of thing--what are the Quimbys up to now, years later, kind of thing. Of course that doesn't make complete sense since it follows directly chronologically to the previous books in the series, but since it was written years after the original series, in that sense it does. But the factors that contribute to that feeling are the more significant--that there's a lot more attention on Aunt Bea ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-read-alouds
I've blown through the Henry Huggins and now the Ramona books with my third grade boy. The seventh book in the Ramona series had Ramona growing into a mature third grader. Gone is the annoying Ramona from the Henry Huggins books and the earlier Ramona books and I did miss her. She has grown more self-reflective and self-controlled and has become quite a good kid. The earlier books had reminded me of my youngest child, who fits the bill of the annoying younger sister. My son and I have taken to c ...more
Arielle Walker
Came across my 2003 school reading log, so figured I should enter these books in too. In the words of my ten-year-old self, this book was: "Really good, pretty easy"
Matthew Hunter
I'd say Ramona Quimby has become the favorite fictional character of our 5-year-old daughter. And why shouldn't she love the book series? Cleary's subtle use of humor is nothing short of brilliant. Her treatment of the inner lives of young people? Brilliant, too. You can tell a great writer by how well their books age. There's nothing dated about even the oldest installment of RQ. Ramona Forever simply adds another excellent chapter to the Quimbian corpus.
Bridget R. Wilson
School takes a backseat to more interesting events in this installment of the Ramona series. Howie's Uncle Hobart returns to wreak havoc on Klickitat Street. He teases Ramona and generally makes a nuisance of himself. Mrs. Quimby is pregnant. Mr. Quimby has finished college but can't find a teaching position. Aunt Bea, wonderful Aunt Bea, is dating and GASP has agreed to marry Uncle Hobart. Can Ramona survive two new additions to the family?

What I thought: This book was a gem. Ramona deals well
Aug 22, 2013 ABC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book seemed to get a little bogged down. I want more of the wacky Ramona who throws her own birthday party and bakes her doll in the oven. Ramona is getting more and more like Beezus.

I do like seeing how Ramona's life progresses as she gets older. She is such a lovable, relatable character. One gets the feeling that Cleary meant this to be the last in the series. I can't help but wonder where Henry Huggins is, though. It would have been great to include him. I am sure he turned out quite fi
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.
Camryn Clement
Dec 20, 2013 Camryn Clement rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, because it is funny, and reminds me of my little brother. I think this book would be best to read to someone little.One thing that I really like about Beverly Cleary is that she makes you feel Ramona's emotions. In one of her other books, I actually feel how jealous Ramona is, and how unfair it is that she is being blamed for something someone else did.
Jan 23, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womack-3-5
Having read many of Beverly Cleary's books and having high expectations, this book did not disappoint. In the beginning of the book, Ramona is very excited because Howie's rich uncle is coming to town from Saudi Arabia; however, once he finally comes, Ramona realizes she doesn't like him and that Mrs. Kemp (Howie's grandmother) doesn't really like her. This leads to Ramona staying home with her sister alone in the afternoons instead. Both Ramona and Beezus struggle to get along but push through ...more
Mar 07, 2011 Zoe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This might have been the last Ramona book, and it lacked the cocky spirit of the earlier Ramona books. In this book, the two big events are Ramona's mother being pregnant with a new baby, and Ramona's aunt getting married to a petroleum engineer. I hoped for something a little less conventional in 1978.
Stacy Wines
Having only read one other Ramona book, this one did not disappoint. Even as an adult, right from the beginning I was able to relate to Ramona.

Ramona deals with a variety of feelings. Her friend Howie's Uncle Hobart picks on her. She and her sister deal with the death of a pet. She worries about her mom who is pregnant. She is concerned about her father finding a teaching job. When he finally receives an offer, it is out of town so she worries about having to move. She is alarmed when her aunt
Aug 07, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I see a three way mirror I still look for the million Brendas that go on forever. I loved this book and I loved reading it to Autumn. Another classic that has held up the test of time and shows that some childhood worries span generations.
I only read 2 Ramona books when I was a child, and this was one of them. I'm pretty sure I bought it through Weekly Reader or Scholastic. Sadly, the only series books we had in our school library were Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and Bobbsey Twins. I would have eaten this series up as much as my daughter is. I'm glad this was one of the 2 books I read because it's one of the better ones.

Howie's Uncle Hobart comes to town, bringing an accordion and unicycle as gifts. He also sweeps someone off their
Lisa Carroll
Apr 12, 2011 Lisa Carroll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe that I was about seven years old when the Ramona books started coming out. I was always very excited to pick up the book and I would become entirely engrossed in what was happening in young Ramona's life. I adored her family and always wished that I had a "Beezus" for an older sister. This was one of my favorite in the series and I had a great time rereading it. I could always relate to how Ramona would often find herself in trouble, some of which was her fault, and some of which was n ...more
Sep 12, 2008 george rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ramona's practically grown up and in the third grade. Howie's rich uncle is coming home from Saudi Arabia and Ramona is dying to find out what he's like. Things at the Kemps after school are as bad as ever, and Willa Jean is as annoying as ever. Somehow Ramona and Beezus manage to convince their parents that they can stay home together after school! No more Kemps! And then there's that one other little thing--Ramona's mother ir pregnanat! Ramona's not going to be the baby anymore--how will she e ...more
Apr 11, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I was such a huge fan of the Ramona series as a child, I was surprised to find out recently that there are two Ramona books that I had never read. I just missed this one as by the time it came out, I had already moved on to Young Adult fiction. While I am happy to see that Ramona has matured and become a really "good kid", I have to say that a part of me missed her antics from earlier years. Another big difference in this book is that the focus is less on Ramona's school life and more on h ...more
Dec 17, 2009 Carin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I hate to say this, but I didn't like this book as much as the others. It felt like the spark had gone out of Ramona, as if Ms. Cleary were writing this because she felt she should, rather than becuase she was inspired to. It felt forced. Again, most of Ramona's predicaments are now more due to bad luck and accidents as opposed to conscious decisions, which isn't as interesting, nor does it teach many lessons to her young readers. The wedding felt forced. The new baby felt forced. It's as if Ms. ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute -- makes me wish for a simpler time when kids stayed home alone and walked to the library when they were bored, instead of turning on electronics.
Madeline Keen
Oct 27, 2015 Madeline Keen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edrd-314
I REALLY like this novel and I remember many of my peers liking this one and the other Ramona books when I was in elementary school. I think one reason it is so popular is because of how relate-able Ramona is as a character. Students can see themselves as her as she thinks life isn't fair and wants the attention of the grown-ups in her life. She says things how they are and is not afraid to express her opinion on people or situations. Although this sometimes gets her into trouble, I think most k ...more
Sarah Seasor
"Ramona Forever" by Beverly Clearly is one of many of the Ramona series. This particular transitional novel is about a young girl named Ramona who is growing up and getting used to all the changes that life has to offer. Precious Ramona books focus on her as a young child, but this book tackles bigger issues. Ramona is forced to adapt to a lot of changes to her family and just life in general. She experiences what it is like to have a new member added to the family, death, marriage, and other mi ...more
Gina (Weena)
Jun 30, 2015 Gina (Weena) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ramona Quimby is showing signs of growing up. She's not quite as mischievous as she used to be, but she's still a joy to read about. She's also become even more dear to me, since I now have my own little girl. A little toddler, who is showing signs of being a little Ramona. I don't mind at all. In this book, Ramona is exasperated by a family secret, has to deal with an unexpected loss, learns that words can hurt, and even gets to save the day. Good stuff.
May 16, 2011 Alanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just happened to see this on the library shelf and grabbed it and re-read it. I doubt I've touched these books since I was a kid, and yet I was surprised by how much I remembered! Reading this as a grown-up, I'm so impressed with Cleary's ability to remember how kids see things and how they feel. As I read, I can remember thinking that way, although I couldn't have recreated that at all. It takes talent to be an author for children's books!
May 06, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, juvenile
At first, I didn't think I had ever read this Ramona book, but then I recognized one of the alternate covers. Once I began reading, I definitely remember reading about the Ramona & Willa Jean drama, and Howie's unicycle. This was probably my favorite of all the Ramona books when I was a kid, and I remember commiserating with Ramona quite a bit. This is a classic children's book for me. Beverly Cleary was wonderful at getting inside the brain of a child!
May 11, 2009 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Ramona books. Having been a stubborn, strong-willed child, I find I can relate to Ramona and her trials. I think the author started writing this series in the 1950s - this is one of the later books in the series and was written in the 80s. Despite the long time span over which the books were written, I think the story and its messages remain relevant. I read this as a child, and again last year, and I enjoyed it both times =D
Mar 28, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ramona is growing up quickly--depending on your point of view. If you consider that she was four in 1955, and nine in 1984, then, her childhood is taking forever. But when you're happily rushing through the series, it feels like she's growing up so quickly. Ramona Forever is the seventh book in the series. Ramona is still in third grade, I believe.

"The Rich Uncle" Howie and Willa Jean have a rich uncle coming to stay with them. Will Ramona like Howie's uncle? He doesn't make the best first impr
Danica Midlil
Mrs. Kemp drives me crazy! I keep hoping an adult with step in and defend Ramona. Poor girl blamed for everything.

Loved Ramona's confusion about why Beatrice got so upset when she called her "Pizza-face" instead of their old standard "Pie-face." So spot on! Beatrice happened to be feeling self-conscious about her skin, and Ramona had bad timing when expanding her name-calling vocabulary!
I just love the Ramona books! I feel like Cleary taps into the interior lives of kids pretty well. I'm really enjoying re-reading these after Maddie does so we can talk about them.
Rachel Brand
May 31, 2012 Rachel Brand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, children, 2012
I didn't love this as much as the books about Ramona when she was younger (or perhaps when I was younger?) but it was a lot of fun. Even though this book was written way later than the original "Ramona and Beezus" it still has a lot of the traditional, 1950s attitudes - such as Ramona's mother not telling the kids that she's pregnant, etc - which made it quite quaint and refreshing. 4*
Jacquelyn Hoogendyk
This chapter book was a part of our Author/Illustrator study. Ramona is a responsible third grader who can stay home with Beezus after school now, after of course with some “Ramona mischief”. Ramona is worried about having to possibly move when her father finds a teaching job. She notices her mother has stopped eating dessert and wonders why and on top of it all her Aunt Bea and Mrs. Quimby are keeping secrets. This is one of my favorite Beverly Clearly books because it is such a great resource ...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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Ramona Quimby (9 books)
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“bags and boxes across the hot parking lot to the van. On the way back to the mall, Willa Jean, who spotted the ice-cream store that sold fifty-two flavors, told her uncle she needed an ice-cream cone. Uncle Hobart agreed that ice-cream cones were needed by all. Inside the busy shop, customers had to take numbers and wait turns. Ramona, responsible for Willa Jean, who could not read, was faced with the embarrassing task of reading aloud the list of fifty-two flavors while all the customers listened. “Strawberry, German chocolate, vanilla, ginger-peachy, red-white-and-blueberry, black walnut, Mississippi mud, green bubble gum, baseball nut.” 1 likes
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