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Ramona and Her Mother (Ramona Quimby #5)

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Ramona Quimby is no longer seven, but not quite eight. She's "seven and a half right now," if you ask her! Not allowed to stay home alone, yet old enough to watch pesky Willa Jean, Ramona wonders when her mother will treat her like her older, more mature sister, Beezus.

But with her parents' unsettling quarrels and some spelling trouble at school, Ramona wonders if growing
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by HarperCollins (first published June 1st 1977)
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I'm not able to think about Laura Ingels Wilder's "Little House" books objectively because when I hear a title or see one of the covers, I am brought back to my childhood bedroom and I can feel the weight of my mom at the end of my bed while she read aloud those books.

A nice enough memory to be sure, but more so in light of the fact that things were frequently less than ideal at home. I have a friend that can rattle of pleasant memory after pleasant memory of her childhood while mine frequently
Julia Winknler
Jan 31, 2008 Julia Winknler rated it it was amazing
At 7 and a half, with working parents and a sister at "a difficult age," Ramona Quimby tries hard to do her part to keep family peace. Usually, however, she ends up behind every uproarious incident in the house. Whether she's dying herself blue, watching while her young neighbor flings Kleenex around the house, or wearing her soft new pajamas to school one day (under her clothes, of course), Ramona's life is never dull. Through it all, she is struggling for a place in her mother's heart, worried ...more
Apr 27, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We started reading the series of books starring Ramona Quimby, Beezus, Henry and their friends a few years ago, but we never made too much progress. We intended to read more, but we always chose something else.

Our youngest was given the book Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby to read by her second grade teacher to practice her reading comprehension and I thought we'd give the series another try.

We listened to this book narrated by Stockard Channing on audio CD on a family road trip to Williamsburg.
Shannon Hayes
Dec 10, 2012 Shannon Hayes rated it it was amazing
As a farming, homeschooling, radical homemaking Mama, I will happily go on record stating my distate for the likes of Junie B. Jones and Judy Moody. The modern sisters to Ramona Quimby, Junie and Judy, in my opinion, are simply brats living in a world that I'd prefer not to share with my daughters (although, I must admit, they rather enjoy them). But enter Ramona Quimby, and we are all on the same page. We all relate much more more with Ramona's mishaps and adventures, because they are based on ...more
Sep 09, 2009 Kristen rated it it was amazing
No one captures the epitome of a precocious little firecracker of a girl better than Beverly Cleary! I read my first ‘Ramona’ book when I was in the 2nd grade (“Ramona Quimby, Age 8” – still my favorite) and my enjoyment of them has not waned in the slightest 21 years later! I absolutely adore these books. They convey such a warm sense of family, even when times are tough (and they have to “scrimp and pinch to make ends meet”). Cleary’s ability to write from the perspective of a “seven and a hal ...more
Aug 02, 2013 Stacy rated it really liked it
I feel awful giving this book three stars. I think this series is the best ever! But my girls and I are listening to the series on audiotape (read by Stockard Channing), and I just didn't enjoy this one as much as the others. My girls think the toothpaste incident was hilarious, and are still talking about it...I take a deep breathe everytime I walk into the bathroom now.

I think what I didn't like about this book so much is that its real - the bad haircut, the struggle to be understood, the per
Britt Guild
Apr 21, 2014 Britt Guild rated it really liked it
It's impossible to say I am reading children's literature without including a book written by Beverly Cleary. I remember reading through every Ramona Quimby book as a child feeling like she and I were alike in so many ways. I began to journal regularly from 6th grade on because Ramona Quimby had a journal. I haven't stopped writing yet.

Ramona and Her Mother is a great book not only for a young girl to read but for a mother of young girls to read. I was obviously drawn to the relationship between
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.
Erin R
Apr 10, 2014 Erin R rated it it was amazing
Ramona Quimby feels that her mother just does not love her as much as her older sister, Beezus (Beatrice). She works hard to stay out of trouble, but when you are seven and a half, that is just plain hard to do. Plus family relationships are strained for everyone as Mr. Quimby has just started a terrible new job, Beezus is entering her teen years, and Mrs. Quimby struggles to balance the needs of the family with her own full-time employment. Poor misunderstood Ramona learns that life is just not ...more
Beverly Cleary is just about the best thing ever. It's so interesting to read/reread this series as a mom - they make me incredibly nostalgic for my own childhood (when I was the age that Ramona is in each of the books) as well as for the first time I read them myself (probably around age 10 or so). They make me terribly grateful for my mother, who was very much like Mrs. Quimby. And now as a parent (reading these with my 8yro daughter & 11yro son), I feel like I understand their early years ...more
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Oct 30, 2015 ✰ Allison ✰ marked it as to-read
Shelves: jesse-to-read
Interest Level Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent 4.1
May 30, 2008 Diane rated it liked it
I look forward to reading this one to my girls.
Nov 04, 2013 S. rated it really liked it's perhaps most respected reviewer, Dr. M of the department of theoretical physics and Pooh-studies, has perhaps written his most eloquent entry on the 1965 science fiction blockbuster, DUNE. M relates how it is the world, rather than the book, which has changed, such that if written today, the book would seem to be an endorsement of radical Islamic politicism, led by a charismatic leader, whereas at the time--and therefore now inaccessible to the younger reader, was the fact that t ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Girot17505 rated it liked it
Ramona and her mother:
This is the 5th book of a series of books called Ramona & Beezus. This book doesn't have a really interesting plot, because it talks about a little girl named Ramona' life. In this book (book n*5) the author talks about Ramona' relationship with her mother. It also talks about how she feel's when people don't pay as much attention to her as when she was small and how her sister Beezus get's all her mother's attention. In this book you will read some of the sill
Maggie Wiggins
My strongest childhood memory of Ramona's mom is actually from the VHS adaptations of Cleary's books. She seemed so tired and defeated, like a less zany Lois from Malcom in the Middle. When she gets pregnant, the idea that a baby could be a burden was introduced, and it hit me hard. On the one hand, I thought Ramona's mom, however realistic and loving, was a mean lady who should never have had kids. I know this is pretty unwarranted, but when I was little, her behavior was totally foreign to me. ...more
Mar 24, 2013 ABC rated it it was amazing
Cleary has Ramona's mother come across as no-nonsense and sensible. I wonder how much Ramona's mother was influenced by her own mom. I've read her two auto-biographies and they seem really similar. I think she could have gone a little deeper here and mined for more material.

The "quarrel" chapter seemed unbelievable to me as a kid and still seems unbelievable as an adult. The quarrel seemed really pretty tame, and it is hard to believe that Beezus and Ramona have not seen or heard their parents
Jun 08, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, 2016
Another winner. Full review here:
Jan 27, 2015 Susann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
Only update is that I've grown more fond of pancakes.

"'Some grandmother,' said Mr. Quimby, 'spitting on her stockings.'"

As a kid, I didn't own a copy of this, so I didn't read it quite as much as Ramona and Her Father, but I loved it just the same. A comments discussion from a book review mentions the infamous pancake turner incident with Mr. and Mrs. Quimby. Cleary simply titles that chapter "The Quarrel," but oh man, she remembers how seriously kids take their parents' ar
Dulli Ahmed
Feb 19, 2015 Dulli Ahmed rated it liked it
Not too interesting.. It is more of a girly book
Devon Flaherty
Jan 13, 2016 Devon Flaherty rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kids, esp. for family reading
The Ramona series by Beverly Cleary, which is, in order: Beezus and Romona, Ramona the Pest, Ramona the Brave, Ramona and Her Father, Ramona and Her Mother, Ramona Quimby Age 8, Ramona Forever, and Ramona’s World. They were published from 1955 to 1999 (!) and include two Newbery Honors and one National Book Award. We read the current HarperTrophy edition.

These books are American classics. They have been respected for years, as has Beverly Cleary, the librarian-turned-award-winning author. Ramona
Mar 19, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing
Ramona and Her Mother is the fifth book in the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary. Ramona and Her Father ends with Christmas, Ramona and Her Mother opens with New Year. It's nice, for a change, to get the opportunity to spend a full year with Ramona and the rest of the Quimby family.

"A Present for Willa Jean" The Quimby family hosts a New Year's Day brunch for the neighborhood. While Beezus gets to help serve and host, Ramona's "job" is to entertain Willa Jean. Is Ramona happy about this? Not real
Jun 14, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Ramona, and she's awesome because her family is awesome, especially her mom. The moments in this book (in all the books really) that stand out for me are those moments when Ramona is just needing some attention from her parents so much and she's doing ridiculously cute, silly things and her mom finally just calmly asks what's going on. Then Ramona explains and her mom just acts like, "Oh, Ramona, I love you, my little girl," and they give hugs and it's fine. I tend to think most things wi ...more
Jennifer Margulis
Apr 25, 2014 Jennifer Margulis rated it really liked it
Beverly Cleary's books were among the first chapter books I ever read to myself after I learned to read. I have re-read some to my older children (before Goodreads was invented), our family has listened to the audiobooks during car trips, and now I've just finished reading this one -- Ramona and Her Mother -- out loud to my 4-year-old daughter. It's the first chapter book my daughter has ever had read to her, and she really loved it (though she would have liked more pictures.)

Poor Ramona. Big S
Samantha Mcdowell
Apr 14, 2014 Samantha Mcdowell rated it really liked it
Shelves: transitional
Ramona is a very fun character and young children can relate to her. The Ramona Quimby books are great transitional books for students who are reading their first few chapter books. I would use this with 3rd grade because that is about the age that Ramona is and I think the kids can relate to the things that she does and the ways that she feels sometimes. Ramona is 7 and a half right now and is facing life in school and with her family especially with her mother in this book.
The cover is inviti
Julie Decker
Feb 12, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it
Ramona, a youngest child, is now struggling to figure out how to be her mother's big girl. How can she do that if she's only ever been the baby? Why can't she stay a little kid? What kind of attention can she get and what does it matter?

This is a book that tackles growing pains children will have from realizing they have more responsibility and different expectations as they grow. Ramona acting out in various ways is a symptom of her difficulty figuring out how to transition into "big-girl-hood,
Elizabeth Byers
May 03, 2015 Elizabeth Byers rated it it was amazing
Ramona and Her Mother is a story about Ramona Quimby and how she basically does not think that her mother loves her very much, due to overhearing a conversation where Mrs. Quimby’s friend was talking about how she could never do certain things if it wasn’t for her daughter Willa Jean, and Ramona is hurt that her mother doesn’t say similar things. At the end of the story, with all the things that have gone wrong for Ramona in school and at home, she decides to run away from home, only being stopp ...more
Apr 15, 2016 Donnell rated it liked it
This book, like Ramona and Her Father, include the adorable Ramona of course as well as--to a lesser degree--the "sensible" Beezus. Of particular note is how the two books depict a 1950's type family thrust into the the economically harder times of the late 1970's. Dad ends up working at the ShopRite Market, but mom also has a full time job. Still, there are heavy economic worries--how to pay to fix the car, no wasting valuable food, no (expensive) beauty shop haircuts. Through it all, Ramona se ...more
Megan Compton
Apr 29, 2015 Megan Compton rated it really liked it
Shelves: transitional
I had never read this particular book by Beverly Cleary until now, and I wish I would have before.

This book is about a girl named Ramona who is seven and a half years old. She's not allowed to stay home alone, yet old enough to watch pesky Willa Jean, Ramona wonders when her mother will treat her like her older, more mature sister, Beezus. Ramona wonders sometimes if growing up is all it's cracked up to be. No matter what, she'll always be her mother's little girl… right? This heart-warming sto
Dec 09, 2014 Danica rated it really liked it
Perrine Family
Aug 19, 2016 Perrine Family rated it really liked it
Lily, age 7.
This book was great! There were a lot of parts that I liked. One part was that someone forgot to plug in the crock pot and they had to choose something else for dinner. It was funny because I liked the picture of Ramona's face.
Ramona forgot and Mrs. Quimby was upset. They made pancakes all wrong and Mrs. Quimby spanked Mr. Quimby.

This book makes me feel happy and sad and very silly sometimes. My favorite character is Ramona because she gave Wilma Jean (a toddler) a whole box of Kle
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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 Pest (Ramona, #2)
  • Ramona the Brave (Ramona, #3)
  • Ramona and Her Father (Ramona, #4)
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“All her life she had wanted to squeeze the toothpaste really squeeze it,not just one little squirt...The paste coiled and swirled and mounded in the washbasin. Ramona decorated the mound with toothpaste roses as if it was a toothpaste birthday cake” 17 likes
“Willa Jean, pleased to have her grandmother on her side, set a red checker on top of a black checker. “Your turn,” she said to Ramona as if she were being generous.” 1 likes
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