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Ramona Quimby #2

Ramona the Pest

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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 her crush Davy run away whenever Ramona comes near him? And how does she manage to disrupt the whole kindergarten class during their rest time?

192 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 1968

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Beverly Cleary

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Beverly Cleary (April 12, 1916 - March 25, 2021) was 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.

Beverly Cleary was born Beverly Atlee Bunn in McMinnville, Oregon. When she was 6, her family moved to Portland, Oregon, where she went to grammar and high school. She was slow in learning to read, due partly to her dissatisfaction with the books she was required to read and partly to an unpleasant first grade teacher. It wasn't until she was in third grade that she found enjoyment from books, when she started reading The Dutch Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins. Thereafter, she was a frequent visitor to the library, though she rarely found the books she most wanted to read — those about children like herself.

She moved to California to attend the University of California, Berkeley, and after graduation with a B.A in English in 1938, studied at the School of Librarianship at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she earned a degree in librarianship in 1939. Her first job was as a librarian in Yakima, Washington, where she met many children who were searching for the same books that she had always hoped to find as a child herself. In response, she wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, which was published in 1950. Beezus and Ramona, Cleary's first novel to feature the Quimby sisters as the central focus of the story, was published in 1955, although Beezus and Ramona made frequent appearances in the Henry Huggins series as supporting characters.

In 1940 she married Clarence T. Cleary and they moved to Oakland, California. The Clearys became parents to a set of twins, Marianne Elisabeth and Malcolm James, in 1955. Clarence Cleary died in 2004. Beverly Cleary lived in Carmel, California until her death in 2021 at the age of one-hundred and four.

She also wrote two autobiographies, A Girl from Yamhill and My Own Two Feet.

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April 5, 2022
Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby #2), Beverly Cleary

Ramona the Pest, by Beverly Cleary, is the second book of the Ramona series and the first to focus on Ramona Quimby as the protagonist. This children's book chronicles the adventures of Ramona's first few months at kindergarten. The book's title is derived from the characterization of Ramona as a "pest" by many, including her older sister Beatrice, known as "Beezus." Ramona the Pest was first published in 1968 and featured illustrations by Louis Darling.

عنوانهای چاپ شده در ایران: «رامونای وروجک»؛ «رامونای آتش پاره»؛ نویسنده: بورلی کلی یری؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز ششم ماه فوریه سال2005میلادی

عنوان: رامونای وروجک؛ نویسنده: بورلی کلی یری؛ مترجم احمد کسایی پور، تهران، شهر کتاب هرمس، سال1378؛ در148ص؛ چاپ دوم سال1381؛ شابک9646641865؛ چاپ چهارم سال1387؛ شابک9789646641860؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده20م

عنوان: رامونای آتش پاره - جلد دوم؛ نوشته: بورلی کلی یری؛ مترجم: پروین علیپور، تهران، نشر افق: کتابهای فندق، سال1382؛ در167ص؛ رمان کودک؛ شابک9643690016؛ چاپ هفتم سال1389؛ شابک9789643690014؛ چاپ هشتم سال1390؛ چاپ نهم سال1391؛

رامونا چگونه دردسر درست می‌کند؛

نقل از متن برگردان سرکار خانم «پروین علیپور»؛ (روز بزرگِ زندگی «رامونا»: «رامونا کوییم بی» به خواهر بزرگش «بئاتریس» گفت: هیچ هم آتش پاره نیستم! «بئاتریس» گفت: پس، اینقدر شیطنت نکن!؛ او کنار پنجره ی جلویی خانه ایستاده و منتظر دوستش، «مری جین» بود تا با هم به مدرسه بروند؛ «رامونا» که تازگیها یاد گرفته بود دوپایی جَست بزند، گفت: شیطانی نمیکنم؛ فقط دارم شعر میخوانم و میپَرم؛ «رامونا» اصلاً قبول نداشت که دختری آتشپاره و شیطان است؛ البته دیگران او را آتشپاره میدانستند، ولی خودش اینطور فکر نمیکرد؛ چون تمام کسانیکه به او آتشپاره میگفتند بزرگسال بودند؛ پس بعید نبود که نسبت به او کم لطفی میکردند! «رامونا» به پریدن و خواندن ادامه داد: امروز، روزِ بزرگیست...؛ روزِ خیلی بزرگیست...؛ او به خاطر اینکه به جای لباسِ بازی، لباس بیرون پوشیده بود، خیال میکرد که دیگر بزرگ شده است، و احساس میکرد که آن روز، روزی بزرگ و شاید هم بزرگترین روزِ زندگیش است! از آن به بعد، دیگر مجبور نبود روی سه چرخه اش بنشیند، و مدرسه رفتنِ «بئاتریس»، «هنری هوگینز» و بقیه ی بچه های همسایه را تماشا کند؛ امروز، خودش به مدرسه میرفت! میرفت تا خواندن و نوشتن یاد بگیرد و کارهایی بکند که معلوم شود دستِ کمی از «بئاتریس» ندارد!)؛ پایان نقل

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 02/02/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ 15/01/1401هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
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975 reviews258 followers
April 12, 2014
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 you say? I don't remember what you said. Said. Said. Said. Said. G. W. E. N. That spells Gwen.

D: Gwennie, this is what I said: tell me about something that happened in the book, but it can't be something that happened today.

G: When her tooth fell out.

D: Where did that happen?

G: It happened ooooonnnnnnn... chapter 7?

D: But where? Where was she?

G: Oh. She was at school.

D: Yesterday you told me your favorite part was something else. Do you remember what you told me yesterday?

G: I don't remember. What did I told you yesterday? Blah. Blah blah blah blah... (etc. ad infinitum)

D: Here's a hint: "I'm the..."


D: Did you like that part?

G: Oh yes. I LOVED that part!!! Even more than you, I loved that part.

D: Do you mean that you loved that part more than I loved that part, or do you mean you love that part more than you love me?

G: I don't know? What? Oh. Oh oh oh... I loved the part more than you loved the part.

D: Do you love the Ramona book more than you love your dad?

G: *Laughs* No. I love you more, Daddy.

D: *Smiles*

G: *Starts singing a mix of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, the Alphabet song and Frozen songs.

D: Is there anything else I should add to this review?

G: You should add Gwennie, Gwennie, Gwennie, Gwennie.

D: I mean, why should people read this book?

G: ...Because it's good?

D: Good enough for me.
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1,212 reviews132 followers
January 20, 2022
I love you Ramona Quimby— and I’m sorry that I never read the books with your name in the title… when your character was first introduced, I wasn’t reading yet and when your books were out with new covers, I’m afraid I thought I was too old to read a book about a pesky little kid.

How wrong was I! Listening to this book so wonderfully narrated by Stockard Channing, I enjoyed it as a Mom and as the youngster I was back in kindergarten. All I can say is I would have “boinged” Susan’s hair too!!

The levels of charm were endless… thank you Mrs. Cleaey. You captured the universal troubles of all 5-year-olds so terrifically!! I look forward to hearing more from Ramona soon!
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725 reviews491 followers
November 15, 2019
I remember reading this book when I was nine years old and still love it to this day! Ramona is a feisty, spunky little girl whose adventures in kindergarten are a hoot! I always make a point of reading this story to my Grade 3 students! Highly recommend this Beverly Cleary classic!
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3,211 reviews146 followers
April 13, 2023
"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. For many years Beverly Cleary has proven herself to have a unique understanding of what it means to be a kid, and she succeeds with perhaps more stunning skill in this book than any other she has written. I have never been a kindergarten girl, but I identified with Ramona's problems and joys just as closely as if I not only had been a kindergarten girl at one time, but still was one. Beverly Cleary has a rare and special ability to bring the emotions of her characters home to the reader, no matter who that reader might be, because anyone who has feelings will recognize their own misunderstood parts in Ramona's personality.

Ramona the Pest is quite funny, and touching, as well, and the story is constructed so deftly and with such heart that it is hard to imagine a reader who would not be won over by Beverly Cleary and Ramona.

I might slightly favor Ramona Quimby, Age 8, but this book is right there on the same level. Ramona the Pest is a nice, easy-flowing read, and a book that I will remember fondly for a long time. As the tagline says on the cover, "Anyone who calls Ramona a pest just doesn't understand Ramona!" I am happy to say I think I do understand Ramona, and I wouldn't think of calling her a pest. :-)

"People who called her a pest did not understand that a littler person sometimes had to be a little bit noisier and a little bit more stubborn in order to be noticed at all."

Ramona the Pest, P. 162
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1,027 reviews143 followers
May 12, 2021
I read RAMONA THE PEST with my eight-year-old daughters. We had such fun with this one, and wow, the story really holds up over time. They were totally into it, laughing and engaged throughout the entire book. The actual physical copy we read was mine, given to me by my Dad in 1987, and I loved that I could share it with them now.

Ramona--what can I say? A timeless character. The girls adored her, and I fell in love with her all over again. Cleary has such an amazing knack for writing children and capturing their true essence. Reading it again as a parent I was truly blown away by how well she could write from a child's perspective. Grace and Zoe loved Ramona's antics, and we are already on to the next book.

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395 reviews13 followers
January 26, 2019
The second book in the Ramona series finds her starting kindergarten. It is wonderful to watch as she starts school. In her word's she is finally growing up.
There is new characters in this book, like Miss Binney, Ramona's new teacher.
Ramona loves her new teacher, and feels Miss Binney can do no wrong.
There is also Howie, and Davy, who Ramona longs to kiss, and Susan who has hair that is temptation for Ramona's hands.
There are so many delightful moments in this book, one of my favorites is Ramona getting new rain boots, and the trouble she gets into with them.
It's a great book for kids, and kids at heart.
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648 reviews92 followers
November 1, 2019
“Miss Binney, I want to know—how did Mike Mulligan go to the bathroom when he was digging the basement of the town hall?”

Miss Binney’s smile seemed to last longer than smiles usually last. Ramona glanced uneasily around and saw that others were waiting with interest for the answer. Everybody wanted to know how Mike Mulligan went to the bathroom.
“Boys and girls,” she began and spoke in her clear and distinct way. “The reason the book doesn’t tell us how Mike Mulligan went to the bathroom is that it is not an important part of the story.”
Miss Binney spoke as if this explanation ended the matter, but the kindergarten was not convinced. Ramona knew and the rest of the class knew that knowing how to go to the bathroom was important. They were surprised Miss Binney did not understand, because she had showed them the bathroom the very first thing.

This book is the second in Cleary’s series about the indefatigable young Ramona Quimby, and the first to be written from Ramona’s point of view. A point of view so undeniable that Cleary wrote six more books about her.

In this installment, Ramona begins Kindergarten. She learns to write her name! She gets new boots! She finds a boy she wants to marry! (Or, a few.) She has an existential crisis about Halloween! And she loses her first tooth and learns just because someone is mad or disappointed in you doesn’t mean they hate you.

Adorable, funny, and the next best thing to being five again.
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464 reviews1 follower
September 27, 2017
Me: 4 stars
Daughter (age 6): 4 stars

This was a winner for my 6 year-old daughter! Normally we read picture books before bed each night, but I started this chapter book as a change of pace now that school has started up again. She's always excited to read at night, but seemed more so with this book waiting for her as she was excited to see what would happen to Ramona next.

Her favorite part was the ending where Ramona read the letter she received from her kindergarten teacher asking her to come back to school because she was missed.

My favorite parts were the pulling of Susan's springy curls and how Ramona admitted that she would not be able to not pull Susan's curls.

My son's favorite part, remembering back when he read this same book, was Ramona making an engagement ring out of a slimy worm by wrapping the worm around her finger.

I think we will continue with some library picture books this week, then maybe start the other Ramona book we have next week.
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2,935 reviews70 followers
December 28, 2017
Oh, Ramona. Kindergarten drop-out with a doll named Chevrolet and singing about the dawnzer lee light, you hold up to my memories. I cannot believe how long ago this was written because it really does not feel dated, other than in a few small instances that are easily forgiven. Beverly Cleary was ahead of her time, and Ramona is a timeless character.
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590 reviews88 followers
October 6, 2021
Such a cute story. I'll have to revisit the series again. Stockard Channing did a fantastic job in narrating this audiobook. I was all smiles and giggles.
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546 reviews170 followers
June 21, 2009
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, Lee furiously tells his mother that he had been cheated. He was told to 'sit there for the present.' Yet he never received his present. 'I sat there all day but I never got it. I ain't going back there again.'

Where Piaget claims young children's inability to communicate well is a result of their inability to decenter, Donaldson turns that premise around in citing Lee. We sometimes miss children's true potential because we assume they understand our language. We could get better responses and better learning if we really listened and thought about how we are saying what we are saying.

Donaldson's use of Laurie Lee's anecdote had a powerful effect on me. Then, at a talk by Marcia Henry, the author of the indispensable 'Unlocking Literacy,' Henry brought up the impact Donaldson's citing of 'Cider with Rosie' had on her.

Donaldson, Henry and I could have found the same example of egocentric language in Beverly Cleary's 'Ramona the Pest,' in which Miss Binney tells Ramona on her first day of kindergarten to 'sit here for the present.' The difference is that Miss Binney realizes the source of confusion, and shocks Ramona by apologizing to her in front of the class: 'I'm sorry....It's all my fault. I should have used different words.'

Miss Binney is a cool teacher, unlike Laurie Lee's, and for that matter Ramona's first grade teacher, Mrs. Griggs, whom we meet in 'Ramona the Brave.'

All of the above leads to my conclusion that the Ramona books, which follow Ramona Quimby from preschool into fourth grade, are just as valuable as texts for early education and child psychology as any other work. Cleary lets us in on the way children think and how their thinking develops with great insight, and of course, great humor.

Consider Cleary's treatment of this novel's eponymous moniker, despised by Ramona: '...Ramona did not consider herself a pest. People who called her a pest did not understand that a littler person sometimes had to be a little bit noisier and a little bit more stubborn in order to be noticed at all.'

Highly recommended.
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3,124 reviews104 followers
June 5, 2021
Although Ramona Quimby is still sometimes rather too rambunctious and annoyingly full of herself for my personal reading tastes in the second of Beverly Cleary’s Ramona novels (and also not very willing to consider she needs to accept responsibility when she, when Ramona acts out), personally I do rather tend to find find that the book title of Ramona the Pest might actually and in fact be a trifle misleading, might be a bit untrue.

For in my humble opinion and if I textually compare Ramona the Pest to the first novel, to Beezus and Ramona, I really do find Ramona much more deliberately annoying and aggravating, in other words much more on purpose pestering in the latter, in Beezus and Ramona. Because honestly, for the vast majority of the anecdotal Ramona Quimby escapades presented by Beverly Cleary in Ramona the Pest, these are in my opinion generally not cases of the former, of Ramona being deliberately naughty (being a calculating nasty) but rather cases of often language based misunderstandings (such as Ramona mistaking the adverb of time present for a the noun present and assuming that her Kindergarten teacher will be handing out gifts), of Ramona making inadvertent but frustratingly unfortunate errors (aside from of course when throughout Ramona the Pest Ramona is deliberately almost stalking her classmate Susan in order to pull her boingy corkscrew curls, which I cannot help feeling angry at and especially so because Ramona is so shamelessly unapologetic and basically says that there is no way she is either willing or able to stop herself).

And thus, for me, I certainly would rather want that Beverly Cleary used a title such as perhaps Ramona Again instead of Ramona the Pest, as I just do not personally think that Ramona is nearly as pestering and as frustrating in book two as she is in book one (and I therefore also have enjoyed Ramona Quimby’s reading company and presence considerably more in Ramona the Pest than in Beezus and Ramona, because Ramona, while still often overly temperamental and a bit unbridled, a bit entitled in Ramona the Pest is not nearly as much of a constant aggravation as she to and for me constantly seems to be in book one, is much more likeable and relatable, although part of me certainly does wish that older sister Beezus had a stronger and more substantial role to play, had a similar part as she has in the first Ramona novel).
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3,599 reviews192 followers
April 11, 2020
I giggled my way through Ramona’s first few months in kindergarten: “dawnser”, a worm engagement ring, and becoming a dropout.
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250 reviews569 followers
January 8, 2015
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

بورلی کلری با رامونا و سایر شخصیت هایی که در مجموعه هاش خلق کرده بچه های زیادی رو با کتاب و کتابخوانی آشتی داده...فکر میکنم راز محبوبیت رامونا در اینه که واقعیه، مثل همه بچه های کره زمین رفتار میکنه و مثل همه بچه های واقعی نه میخواد و نه میتونه بچه بهتری باشه

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873 reviews145 followers
June 24, 2021
Even better than the first book, perhaps because this one is told from Ramona's point of view, rather than her somewhat staid older sister's. What a gift Cleary has for making the happenings of Ramona's kindergarten world matter so intensely. Turns out she was lauded for a reason. I'm very late to discover this!
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106 reviews31 followers
February 11, 2008
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 the commonalities, as long as the five-year-old in question is my girl, Ramona Quimby.
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Author 7 books1,211 followers
July 18, 2017
Oh the dawnzer lee light.

I literally laughed the entire first chapter, remembering it being read to me as a kid at some point. Then I wondered the entire last chapter how it was that Ramona got away with not going to school. Her mom must have really had an interesting conversation with someone to make that happen.

Still holds up. Again, a few cultural/gender norm issues, but nothing that's beyond what you'd expect for a book of this era (boys do this and wear that, the gypsy costume mention for Halloween -- nothing like Little House on the Prairie).
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1,384 reviews23 followers
July 25, 2011
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 some of the attitudes in the book. Ramona is allowed to throw fits to get what she wants. "If she had to, she would make a great big noisy fuss, and when Ramona made a great big noisy fuss, she usually got her own way." Is this really an attitude I want reinforced in my children? Sure, it's fiction. But books influence children's minds for better or for worse. I think there are better books out there that will reinforce the behavior and beliefs I want my children to learn.
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3,001 reviews1,481 followers
June 18, 2021
Rereading this brings back so many childhood memories. The story was serialized in the newspaper within the last several years and I distinctly remembered some of the characters and situations. I vividly remember Ramona's Qs, "dawnzer lee light" and Susan's boing boing curls.

I can't believe Miss Binney has to teach TWO classes of 29 kids back to back. YIKES! She's very sweet and sympathetic but not too nice she lets Ramona get away with things. She's a grown-up who understands children and THAT is what made Beverly Clearly so special.

Ramona is a real little girl. She throws tantrums when she doesn't get her own way because she feels it's the only way she can get noticed, being the youngest kid on the entire BLOCK. She wants to be grown up and be grown up NOW! She's been looking forward to kindergarten forever when she'll learn to read and write. While things don't always go Ramona's way, she stays true to her own unique and independent spirit. I especially loved the way she wanted a dot [.] after her name and how she made her Qs. I had an independent spirit like that and I see it in my nieces. Ramona misunderstands the words she hears and it's totally Miss Binney's fault at first. What kid know that present has multiple meanings? She's only 5! Miss Binney is new to teaching so I guess she doesn't know that yet. I also loved Ramona's question about Mike Mulligan! That's TOTALLY something I would want to know and I'm betting my nephew asked the same question. I also appreciated how much Ramona loved her doll, Chevrolet, (little kids totally still name their dolls like this), in spite of how beat up Chevrolet is. There are memories there she'll always treasure even if she winces to remember.

I didn't like how Ramona threw tantrums to get her way but as a kid who invented the temper tantrum I guess I can relate. I also didn't like her energy and lack of impulse control. Her behavior towards Susan is unacceptable and she does get punished for it. I wouldn't say Ramona is a pest but she struggles with impulse control. Today people would probably think she has ADHD and maybe autism based on her tantrums. She's a little immature for Kindergarten but school has advanced so much since the time the book was written that nursery school is the new kindergarten. Ramona is rather bratty and hasn't decentered yet. She's still the center of her universe.

This one isn't as dated, aside from the very minor reference to wearing a dress to school instead of play clothes and Oxford shoes instead of sneakers. The illustrations contradict this and put the girls in modern clothes. Ramona wears a skirt with leggings underneath.

There is also some traditional gender norm references but I like how Ramona is NOT a traditional girly girl. It shows how the world was changing and makes her more relevant for today's readers. The one BIG thing that made me cringe was Ramona chasing Davey around the playground trying to kiss him. That's considered sexual harassment in some schools today and grounds for suspension or even expulsion. don't know if an early reader would pick up on that yet. I'm sure kids still play those games.

I tried to interest my niece in this book when she was in Kindergarten. She liked listening to the audio book in the car but never expressed any interest in finishing or reading any more about Ramona. I don't think Ramona is popular with young girls nowadays, sadly. They have more options, thankfully, than kids did back in the 50s and even the 80s when I was growing up. I'm glad they have more choices and better options that ever before but there's something so appealing about Ramona. Beverly Cleary was a genius and a once in a lifetime author who managed to appeal to a wide range of kids across class, race and gender divides. Even though she retired many, many years ago, she will still be much missed.
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1,168 reviews78 followers
May 22, 2022
"Don't make a great big noisy fuss.

My granddaughter and I enjoyed listening to this on a recent road trip. It occupied us and Ramona made us giggle. On her first day of kindergarten Miss Binney led Ramona to a table and said, "Sit here for the present." Ramona is elated! She's getting a gift! When other kids are instructed to "Sit down in this chair," Ramona is doubly glad that she is the only kindergartner getting a gift!

The book lasted to the final mile home. Another shared book that we both loved.
33 reviews
April 19, 2012
“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 listening to her teacher, Miss Binney. While in Kindergarten, Ramona begins liking a boy named Davy. She constantly chases Davy around at recess in hopes of kissing him. Susan, a fellow pupil of Ramona’s, has hair that Ramona has wanted to pull since the day she meets her. One day, Ramona cracks and pulls Susan’s hair. Ramona is then suspended from school and really saddened by it. One day while suspended, Howie, a fellow classmate, stops by Ramona’s home with a baby tooth she had lost in school one day. Her spirits were more upbeat once this occurred.

This book is a great transitional book. I remember being in third grade where I read the entire series. They’re funny and enjoyable for any young reader who is moving from strictly picture books to chapter books.
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659 reviews11 followers
June 18, 2011
Beverly Cleary is the only author that can successfully write from a child's point of view. She does so without being at all precocious or obnoxious. Even fifty years later, Ramona still holds up. I love how indignant she gets about things in her world that just aren't fair. Like when Susan stole her idea for the owl project and she got all the credit for it. That would have killed me when I was that age! Or what she thinks of her teachers ("Ramona was filled with love for Miss Binney.") Or when Ramona accidentally offended Beezus ("Pizza face!" And why shouldn't she call her that, they called each other pie face all the time!) and how incredibly guilty she was when she found out what that really means. All of that is so truthful to the way kids act and think. At the end of each book, there is never any moral, and the loose ends aren't always tied up neatly, which is very refreshing.

Needless to say, I boycotted that stupid goddamn movie with Selena Gomez (REALLY?!?) and some precocious child actor with an obnoxious first name.
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1,144 reviews114 followers
April 26, 2020
Beverly Cleary is a national treasure. She is also 104. I saw a brief headline about her birthday and - unsurprisingly, I suppose - looked backward, to a childhood uncomplicated by global pandemics and populated by problems like Ramona’s. There are no computers or cell phones here, but these books are as relevant as when they were first published.
Ramona gave Howie a look of pity, but she said, “Please stay for lunch, Howie. It isn’t tuna fish. It’s peanut butter and jelly.”
It isn’t tuna fish. Absolute mastery.
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672 reviews33 followers
July 10, 2016
Ramona is starting kindergarten and learning how hard it is not to be a pest, especially when she's continually misunderstood.

I didn't remember Ramona being such a wonderful character. She's worshipful of her teacher; barely tolerant of Howie, the son of her mother's friend; and alternately lovable and trying to her family. Ramona has a zest for life that can hardly be squelched, even when it gets her in trouble for pulling Susan's irresistible curls. Boing!
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4,076 reviews336 followers
June 11, 2019
If you enjoyed the first book in the series, you will absolutely love this. Even though older people think Ramona is a pest, the author did a great job of capturing things from Ramona's perspective to explain why she does the things she does. A solid volume in the Ramona collection.
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298 reviews16 followers
March 9, 2016
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?"
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