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Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
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Aug 06, 11

bookshelves: top-100-childrens-novels, secondchildhood, school
Read in August, 2011

In the second book of the series, the perspective is switched to Ramona who is beginning kindergarten. She's very excited by this fact and immediately loves Miss Binney, her very patient teacher.

The book, written in 1968, seems a bit less dated than the first in the series. An allusion to the location of Portland is made by the importance of rain gear in the title character's life.

Being from Ramona's perspective gives the opportunity for more humor and more insight into the fact that Ramona isn't a pest. She's just someone who has very clear ideas about herself. She knows that try as hard as she might, she will not be able to resist boinging Susan's lovely blond curls even if it does lose the love of Miss Binney.

Cleary captures beautifully the "trauma" of the happy childhood when the biggest concern is having to wear brown rain boots.

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Beverly Cleary
“She was not a slowpoke grownup. She was a girl who could not wait. Life was so interesting she had to find out what happened next.”
Beverly Cleary, Ramona the Pest

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