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Ramona The Pest (Ramona Quimby #2)

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This is the second title in the hugely popular series about Ramona Quimby. Ramona doesn't think she's a pest - she knows that she isn't a pest on purpose. So how in the world does Ramona get in trouble? Why does Davy run away whenever Ramona comes near him? And how does she manage to disrupt the whole kindergarten class during their rest time? Beverly Cleary is one of Amer ...more
Published January 2007 by Fitzgerald Books (first published 1968)
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Rainbow
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!
Philip
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
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Josiah
"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
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FeReSHte
خانم معلم آرام و شمرده گفت: " سلام رامونا! اسم من خانم بی نی است. خیلی خوشحالم که به کودکستان آمده ای" سپس دست رامونا را گرفت و او را به سمت میز و صندلی های کوچک برد و با لبخند گفت: " فعلا همین جا بنشین تا بعدا یک سر و سامانی بهت بدهم"

!! یک سر و سامان

رامونا با خود فکر کرد که سر و سامان حتما یک هدیه است و احساس کرد که دارد از خانم بی نی خوشش می اید

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بورلی کلری با رامونا و سایر شخصیت هایی که در مجموعه
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Mary
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
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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
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
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Cassandra
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
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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
Dolly
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
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Connie
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
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Melissa Coyle
Super delightful! Beverly Cleary hits being a five year old right out of the ball park. I had a few Lol moments and was nice evening spent with Ramona and her escapades.
Elizabeth
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
Blake

“Ramona The Pest,” by Beverly Cleary, is a book about this young girl, Ramona, who is a kindergartener. She defines a five year old perfectly by not only the way she acts but also the way she is around boys having “cooties." I think this is a great book for showing the mind of the average kindergartener.

This book is mainly about Ramona being a pest to everyone and her basically not caring at all. She also calls her older sister Beezus a pest. Starting off with the first day of kindergarten she
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Shira
this was always my favorite Ramona book when I was a kid. it holds up. dawnzer lee light! ha!
Sri
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
Megan
As a child, I loved the Ramona books. So, when I saw Ramona the Pest at a used bookstore, I knew I had to buy it and reread one of my favorite books from my childhood. I was surprised at what I remembered! I remember Ramona pulling on Susan's curls and making a "boing" sound and I remember the way that Ramona turned her Qs into little cats! However, I forgot that she really was a pest. For as spunky as she is, Ramona really is a bit of a pain. Sometimes that was distracting. It was hard to empat ...more
Stacy Ford
Timeless. I've never read a Ramona book, but I will be hawking this to 2nd grade teachers and 3rd grade kiddos. For those kids that need to move on from Junie B. and those parents who need to too start this series. I'll be purchasing new copies to replace the ones from 1968! I'm impressed with how well the author was able to make this school story relevant and timeless for today's audience.
Cynthia Edge
I loved this book as a kid and may even appreciate it more as an adult. I just re-read this book with my six-year-old and love how much she can relate to it and how much I relate to the antics of all the characters as a mom. Ramona will always have a place in my heart!
Cami
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, disrespectful...as 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
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Amanda
So, here I am. Just a single girl, at home by herself on a Saturday night, reading Beverly Cleary. Perfectly. Normal.
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
Ashley
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
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Debbie
Ramona the Pest
Beverly Cleary
2013

Categories/Genres for class fulfilled by this book: Middle Grade

Age – interest: Grades 3-5

Age – reading level: 4.1

Fiction or Non-fiction: Fiction

Brief description: Ramona struggles to find her place as a new kindergartener.

2 characteristics of this genre / subgenre and how they appear in this book:

Characteristic #1: (Middle Grade) Protagonists are kids age 9-13, or other characters (fantasy characters, animals, etc.) that embody the worldview and emotions of m
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Becky
Ramona the Pest is the first book in the series from Ramona's own point of view. At last readers get the chance to be inside Ramona's head after witnessing all her pesty ways in previous books. Ramona is in kindergarten. And Ramona's teacher isn't the only one who will find her unforgettable. In my review of Beezus and Ramona, I mentioned how Cleary greatest strength was her ability to capture what it was like to be a kid. That is very true in Ramona the Pest. The writing is PERFECT.
Ramona coul
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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
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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
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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
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Amy
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.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Ramona Quimby (8 books)
  • Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1)
  • 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)
Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1) Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Ramona, #6) The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Ralph S. Mouse, #1) Ramona the Brave (Ramona, #3) Ramona Forever (Ramona Quimby #7)

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