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Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby #2)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  51,918 Ratings  ·  953 Reviews
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
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 8th 2000 by Oxford University Press (first published 1968)
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Rainbow
Dec 25, 2012 Rainbow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 28, 2016 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 far exceeded my expectations of how good it would be.
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) stunn
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby #2), Beverly Cleary
عنوان: رامونای آتش پاره جلد 2؛ نوشته: بورلی کلی یری؛ مترجم: پروین علیپور، نشر: افق
Lars Guthrie
Jun 20, 2009 Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing
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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FeReSHte
Jan 08, 2015 FeReSHte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: america, young-adult
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 it was amazing
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
Apr 19, 2012 Natalie Rion rated it it was amazing
“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
Anne
Adorable. How had I not read the Ramona books as a kid? It's fun reading these to the kids & talking about how things were "in the olden days - but not as old as Little House, right mom?"
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 really liked it  ·  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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Adriana
Ramona the Pest is Ramona's misadventures of Kindergarten told in her own point of view. Now that I could actually listen while Ramona was narrating rather than Beezus, I could like Ramona more than I thought I would. Although Ramona is very dramatic, I thought her kindergarten tales were cute and her reasoning throughout the story entertaining. I feel like I'll be able to see Ramona grow throughout her books which would be really fun for younger readers to grow up with.
Connie
Aug 22, 2009 Connie rated it really liked it
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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Cami
Dec 10, 2011 Cami rated it liked it
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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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
Jul 19, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 24, 2014 Blake rated it it was amazing

“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
Mar 09, 2015 Shira rated it it was amazing
this was always my favorite Ramona book when I was a kid. it holds up. dawnzer lee light! ha!
Amanda
So, here I am. Just a single girl, at home by herself on a Saturday night, reading Beverly Cleary. Perfectly. Normal.
Yuliana Gallardo
May 01, 2016 Yuliana Gallardo rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because I got to see how the daily routine went for a kindergartner and also their point of view during class and at home. It was about a girl named Ramona that went to kindergarten and that she liked this boy named David, and she really liked her teacher because she understood her but one day she got in trouble and she decided not to go to school for a week because she pulled Susan's curls and no one recognized her when it was Halloween. I recommend this book to everyon ...more
Ashley Li
Jan 08, 2016 Ashley Li rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ramona The Pest Review

PERSONAL RESPONSE

This story is about a girl who is in the kindergarten, so after we read this book we can understand many little children's feeling. After I read this book I realized I should try to understand children’s world, they are pure and innocent. The children always want to do some good thing, for example, in this story Ramona wanted to prove what a good rester she was, so she gave one little snore, not a loud snore but a delicate snore. But Miss Binney was angry
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Sri
Nov 19, 2010 Sri rated it really liked it
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
May 17, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, children-s-lit
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
Jun 08, 2015 Stacy Ford rated it really liked it
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.
Craig Rowley
Dec 31, 2015 Craig Rowley rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully enjoyable book for the whole family who has experienced Kindergarteners who are simply misunderstood. Especially enjoyable heard when read by "Rizzo" from Grease, Stockard Channing. My 1st grader listened to the whole book and " totally understood how Ramona was just misunderstood "
Cynthia Edge
Dec 30, 2014 Cynthia Edge rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
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!
Amy
Jan 05, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
This one I could remember bits and pieces from childhood. I only wish my elementary school library had had more than a couple of these. I don't think I even realized there were more than 2 or 3 in this series.
Carly
Aug 01, 2015 Carly rated it really liked it
I just adore these timeless books. I'll bet I haven't read this book in close to twenty years, but it's funny how familiar it all is. I still picture it in my head now the same way I did when I was a kid.
Angela Boord
Apr 29, 2016 Angela Boord rated it really liked it
I'm not sure how many times I've read this book, but I just finished reading to my younger boys and they loved it. Ramona is for everyone.
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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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  • Ramona the Brave (Ramona, #3)
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