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Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Ramona Quimby #6)

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In this special reissue of Ramona Quimby, Age 8, the timeless classic now features a special foreword written by actress, producer, and author Amy Poehler, as well as an exclusive interview with Beverly Cleary herself.

Ramona likes that she’s old enough to be counted on, but must everything depend on her? Mrs. Quimby has gone back to work so that Mr. Quimby can return to sc
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by HarperCollins (first published 1981)
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Duckpondwithoutducks She had the kind of fridge with egg holders. With them, you take the eggs out of the carton you bought them in, and place them in the small indents in…moreShe had the kind of fridge with egg holders. With them, you take the eggs out of the carton you bought them in, and place them in the small indents in the door. Mrs. Quimby had one row of fresh eggs, and one row of hard-boiled eggs. When she went to grab one in a hurry, she mixed up which row she took the egg from.(less)
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Mariel
Mar 23, 2011 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: life movie stars
Recommended to Mariel by: don't even remember. Probably me 'cause I was cool
Ramona was my heroine. I just adored her. I read every book (published before I turned ten. I've not read the new ones) multiple times. I'd hide them under my desk and pretend that I wasn't reading. I pretended that I was sleeping, sometimes. That was probably worse, but kid me didn't really think of that. Y'see, I did all the wrong things just like Ramona.

Coolest things about Ramona from my memories (books may overlap) :
I loved how she'd pretend that a camera was on her at all times. Just in ca
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Tina
May 27, 2009 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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For my eighth birthday, a box arrived from my aunt in Los Angeles, and she had sent me this book. Every defining experience Ramona Quimby went through was mine, even though I was living a life totally different than hers. It's obvious that Ms. Cleary's straightforward language and writing talent will live on as long as reading exists. Several years ago, I myself gifted it to my husband's then eight year old little sister, and had the pleasure of seeing her running through the woods of their home ...more
snowplum
Jul 02, 2014 snowplum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to write a review in the spirit of participating in a discussion about whether this book is "dated" and what, if anything, that means for today's young readers.

(Though first let me get out of the way the fact that this IS unquestionably a delightful book, as is the whole Ramona series up to this point. Cleary is a brilliant writer who has crafted a young protagonist who honestly and often humorously depicts the kind of excitement that most people only ever feel when they are young a
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Destinee Sutton
This seemed sort of dated to me. It's hard to explain why, but it has something to do with the innocence of the Quimby family. They have some money problems, okay, but everything seemed pretty idealized (particularly Mrs. Quimby making three wholesome meals every day--doesn't that seem straight out of the 1950s?). It's not that the book is overly sweet, it's just that it doesn't have any bite. There were two very funny parts that stood out to me: When Ramona came up with "I can't believe I read ...more
Goose
Mar 20, 2014 Goose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Classic children's literature. The thing I've learned working with children is that you don't talk down to them, you just have to figure out how to deliver the information to fit in with their life experiences. Cleary has mastered this and I'm fairly sure little me devoured a couple of these books in my younger years. Cleary knows how to get across adult worries such as family finances on a child level without making them seem over threatening. That said, the book does feel a little dated and so ...more
Redshirt Knitting
Jul 22, 2011 Redshirt Knitting rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow! I loved the Ramona Quimby books when I was a kid. (Who didn't?) But I'm pretty sure the last time I read this book, I too was 8. Reading it as an adult is a completely different experience.

The book is still hilarious, but it's an entirely different set of jokes that cracked me up. The book is thick with a deadpan humor that's obviously meant to appeal solely to adults. Mad props to Beverly Cleary for writing something that is literally fun for all ages.

On the darker side, I had forgotten ho
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Lindsey Schwanke
The main character in this book is Ramona Quimby who is eight years old and starting the third grade. There are many changes that happen in this point in her life. Money is tight for her family because her father decides to go back to school to get his degree in art and become a teacher. Her mother works at a Doctors office during the day so she can't pick ramona up from school so she has to go over to her friend Howie's house. She hates going over there because Howie's little sister Willa Jean ...more
allie
Apr 02, 2009 allie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here Ramona cracks a raw egg on her head, throws up in front of her whole first-grade class, and then learns about being part of a family or something. I once vomited in front of my whole 11th-grade class. Some of us really have it rough, Ramona.
Blake Nelson
May 20, 2014 Blake Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listening to it in my car. Stockard Channing does the narration. I have always said, and still believe the Channing/Ramona combo is the the greatest achievement ever in audiobooks.
Kristina Charnecki
Genre: Contemporary Realism

With the all the new changes in the Quimby family, quirky Ramona is just trying to get by as best as she can to help out her family. She constantly worries about the problems faced by her parents, so it is her job to do well in school like her big sister, Beezus, and behave for her after school babysitter, Mrs. Kemp. However certain things like her new teacher, Mrs. Whaley, and Mrs. Kemp’s granddaughter, Willa Jean, are preventing her from doing so. She is trying her b
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شکیبا
Aug 22, 2013 شکیبا rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: همّه‌ی همّه‌ی هممّممه :]
Recommended to شکیبا by: مامان
دوران دبستان بود که من کتابای رامونا رو خوندم و عاشقش شدم. این چیزی هم که درموردش نوشتم، کامنتیه که توی وب ارغوان گذاشتم و دوستدارم اینجا هم باشه. :]

من شیش ساله که بودم، یه کتابفروشیای بود تو خیابون ولیعصر، اسمش بود کتابفروشی فردوس. بعد از اونجا فسقلیها -شامل پیپی پرکار و جیجی جیشو و تیتی تنبل و امثالهم :)- رو برای اوّلینبار گرفتم و خوندم :) بعد مامانم منُ با رامونا آشنا کرد -به واسطهی کتابِ "ادبیات کودک و نوجوان" که اونموقه داشت میخوند- و من دورانِ شیش تا یازده سالگی رو با این موجودِ دوسداشتنی
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Erin
Nov 04, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m trying to write a lot these days. Writing things that I feel neither confident about or certain are worth writing, and so I spend a lot of time plagued with self-doubt. Enter Ramona Quimby, whose name I consistently misremember and mispronounce as Ramona Quimbly. I first met Ramona as a child, probably aged 8 or 9. I remember reading her stories and thinking ‘yes!’ and feeling like I understood everything Ramona went through. I loved that bad things happened to Ramona, but that she continued ...more
Brandi Smith
Dec 04, 2013 Brandi Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beverly Cleary's 6th installment in the Ramona Quimby series received the Newbery Honor in 1982 and the Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award in 1983. The target audience is children ages 5-8(P) and it is a contemporary realistic fiction.
In this installment of the series, Mr.Quimby begins studying to become an art teacher. As a result, Ramona's mother has to work longer hours, which means Ramona now has to spend the evenings at Howie's house with Grandma Kemp and, of course, Willa Jean.
This s
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Annalise
Mar 15, 2016 Annalise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never read these as a child, which is a real shame. Once I heard that Beverly Cleary is turning 100 this year and I decided to give the Ramona books a try. I fell in love with Ramona and her family! While reading this memories of my own childhood came flooding back. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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.
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Allison Moore
Jan 24, 2014 Allison Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ramona Quimby, Age 8" tells a story of an eight year old girl who faces many new worries and responsibilities. The Quimby family is tight on money and Mr. Quimby has decided to go back to college to be an art teacher. All the while, Ramona is starting third grade and has to be trusted to behave at school and stay with the annoying Willa Jean at the Kemps after school until her mother can pick her up. These many responsibilities placed on Ramona cause her many funny and exciting adventures throu ...more
Michelle
Jan 15, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
This book surprised me. I haven't read a children's book in ages, and I was expecting the story to be fluffy and cute. What I actually found was a simple, but accurate view of how a child sees the world - the problems of adults, their own problems (enormously magnified and all consuming) and the joy of being 8 years old, and owning a "Pearly" pink eraser.

This is a great read!
Meridith Moore
Jan 27, 2014 Meridith Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ramona Quimby, Age 8" by Beverly Cleary is a Newberry Honor Book and a great read for students in the intermediate elementary grades. "Ramona Quimby, Age 8" is just one in a series of chapter books about Ramona Quimby and her life experiences. I believe one of the most appealing aspects of this book (and the series) is how relatable it can be for students of many backgrounds.

Ramona is eight years old and has a world of responsibility on her. She is starting third grade at a new school and is b
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Rachel Fellows
Jul 16, 2016 Rachel Fellows rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I was 8ish the last time I read this book and it really resonated with me back then. Now, as the mother of an 8 year old girl, I find it still resonates with me. I just really love everything about this book. The humor, the seriousness, the illustrations, the characters, the simple plot, the authenticity.

There is a passage later in the book when Ramona asks her father what he's studying in college and he answers that he's studying Child Psychology and Development. In other words, he's studying
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Emily Mclendon
Jan 26, 2014 Emily Mclendon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of my favorite books because I believe every third grader can relate to the trials and tribulations of Ramona. She has problems both at school and at home which make her life a challenge. Ramona’s problems are easily translated into the lives of every child. While maybe not literally, everyone has had to deal with “egg on their face” and the mortification of facing your peers again after the incident. In this book, I think all children can see that there is hope and in the end everyt ...more
Megan
I read all of this one last night! I couldn't put it down. I cringed at the thought of having to clean up all of that egg yolk that was in Ramona's hair and all over where she was sitting. I felt really bad for her, especially since she had to finish the day like that. I'm not sure if I would've been able to choke down the dinner they made either lol. None of it sounded the least bit tasty. I had to laugh with the girls though because I don't think their parents expected to have that big of mess ...more
Thida
Jun 11, 2008 Thida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ramona quimby is the best.
Sarah
Mar 26, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is a very quick, easy read that seems like it would be perfect for younger readers. Each chapter has its own arc while still being connected to the other chapters, so it's easy to leave off and pick up again. I definitely have the feeling that Beverly Cleary remembers being a kid and can successfully write from the perspective of one because of it.

Some things in the book were frustrating-- not exactly story-telling issues, but more issues of attitude. The Kemp grandmother is
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Allison
This is a really cute story about Ramona Quimby an eight year old girl who has just entered the third grade. She hates lying and feels the weight of responsibilities that go along with growing up. Her mother wants her to be nice to Willa Jean even though she finds it really difficult, she doesn't want to be a nuisance to her teacher and she wants her dad to finish college so he doesn't have to go back to working the cash register which makes him come home cross. At the end of the story their fam ...more
Rachel White
Dec 05, 2012 Rachel White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ramona Quimby. Oh how I loved these stories growing up. I especially loved this book. I loved how Ramona tried her hardest to act like a big girl. With her father going back to college and her mother starting work, Ramona is having to be a big girl so her parents can trust leaving her to get on her bus and stay at her grandma's house until Beezus can pick her up. This is hard for Ramona, being that she is only 8, but she is bound and determined to make her parents proud.
I would recommend this t
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Sarah Sammis
Jul 28, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beverly Cleary has written around forty books and has been writing for longer than I've been alive. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is the first book by her I've read and I loved it. It won't be the last.

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is the sixth book that features Ramona Quimby. Ramona is proudly starting 3rd grade. She gets to ride the bus. She's going to learn longhand. She has "Sustained Silent Reading" which she adores.

She unfortunately has a few things to worry about too: Yard Face who might be a friend or mi
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Carin
Dec 16, 2009 Carin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ramona is aging nicely, without becoming boring. Now a lot of the things that happen to her are more accidents (like getting sick, and having the uncooked egg at school) rather than her poor judgment. Again it's nice to see her parents' issues being consistent from book to book with her father going back to school and that plus money continuing to weigh on them. Families have these kinds of issues all the time, and one of the great things about children's books is how they show children that the ...more
Kate Babbitt
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is a funny book that the students can most likely relate to, (upper elementary) and their relationships with their parents, siblings and friends. It follows Ramona in her tantrums, little problems and learning to cope with being the middle chid. It keeps the students entertained following her silly feats and solving her problems right along with her. This could easily be used as a compare/contrast, story line or prediction story as it can be relatable.
Christina
Jul 07, 2016 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, 2016
I have a confession: I did not read Beverly Cleary's books as a kid. But when Ramona came up as an audiobook suggestion for a road trip with kids, I figured it was a good one to try. it appears we picked #8, but we still enjoyed the story and the characters!
Kylie
Mar 03, 2014 Kylie rated it it was amazing
I haven't read any Ramona books before this one but I loved reading about life from Ramona's perspective. Her family was full of genuine characters and the story was great! Beverly Cleary's ability to tackle big issues from a child's perspective is enviable!
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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)
  • Ramona and Her Mother (Ramona, #5)
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