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Ramona and Her Mother

(Ramona Quimby #5)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  25,637 ratings  ·  609 reviews
This is a previously published edition of edition of ISBN 9780380709526. An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here.

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
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by HarperCollins (first published 1979)
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Isaiah Ever get told "You will understand when you are older" or "when you are older you can do X"? That is what Ramona is going through. She sees how her si…moreEver get told "You will understand when you are older" or "when you are older you can do X"? That is what Ramona is going through. She sees how her sister gets treated differently and wants that for herself. It is pretty normal for a child to want to be older than they are. (less)

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Malbadeen
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
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Vanessa
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beezus looked over her shoulder. “Is that toothpaste?” she asked in disbelief.
Ramona scowled because she did not know what else to do.

“Mother!”
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“Get a spoon and a jar from the kitchen,” directed Mrs Quimby, “and scoop up the toothpaste.” Then she said to Beezus, “She can use it herself, and the rest of us can use a fresh tube.”

Somehow Ramona felt sad knowing she was about to be excluded from the family tube of toothpaste for a long time. And she wished her mother would not speak to Beezus as
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M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Once again, Beverly Clearly does it with the character of Ramona, making it easy for readers to connect with this 7-year old girl. She manages to capture the struggles of that age. Though it was longer ago than I care to think about, I remember being 7, and the struggles I had when I was expected to act more mature, but still had to follow the same rules as I did before and chafed at being treated like a "baby" while dealing with pesky younger siblings and/or cousins. The struggle is real, you g ...more
Julia Winknler
Jan 31, 2008 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
Jane
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Kelly
Jul 19, 2017 added it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I love how complex we see the family relationships and situations are. That a haircut out of the house is such a luxury.

But the kicker for me was mom coming in and helping Ramona pack to run away. Actual LOL.
Beth
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t remember how much the “father loses his job” plotline continues through the books.

There’s also this, which is practically perfect in every way:
Ramona was stern. “Grownups are supposed to be perfect.”

Both her parents laughed. “Well, they are,” Ramona insisted, annoyed by their laughter.

“Name one perfect grownup,” challenged Mr. Quimby. “You can’t do it.”

“Haven’t you noticed grownups aren’t perfect?” asked Mrs. Quimby. “Especially when they’re tired.”

“Then how come you expect us kids to
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Lata
I remember how wonderful it felt wearing a new pair of flannel pyjamas. Unlike Ramona, though, I didn’t want to wear them under my day clothes, but I thought her logic was sound., even if in practice it didn’t work as well as she anticipated.
This was another fun entry, with Beezus becoming more prickly, no doubt due to puberty, while Ramona begins to question her place in her mother’s heart. And how Ramona figures out that she is loved is sweet.
Shannon Hayes
Dec 10, 2012 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
Settare (on hiatus)
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Settare (on hiatus) by: mom
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I grew up with Ramona. Many kids of my generation in Iran grew up with Ramona because when we were kids (in the 2000s and 2010s) these books were one of the most popular translated children's series. Ramona and Her Mother was the first one in the series that I encountered. My mom read it to me when I was little, and it was only her exclusive right to read Ramona to me. (I didn't let my dad read Ramona, his reading tasks were Tintin and Pippi Longstocking)
So I have very fond memories of this book
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Dolly
Apr 26, 2013 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.
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Genevieve
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Ramona books were a big part of my childhood reading, but I hadn't revisited Ramona and Her Mother in a couple of decades. Boy does this book hold up! When I played the audiobook for my kids on a road trip, I laughed and cried. And I didn't even particularly like this narrator (Stockard Channing), so full credit goes to Beverly Clearly, who is a genius at understanding the soul of a child. I can't think of a fictional character who is more real and more lovable than Ramona Quimby. Every word ...more
Ginnie
This is at times a touching, funny, relatable tale of Ramona when she is 7 and a half.

Beverly Cleary as an amazing talent for writting about everyday life in an amusing, way, but also writes about life's little hardships that don't seem so little when you are living them.

Enjoyed this book immensely!
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Lydia
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think I really enjoyed this. Even though she is a punk I like it.
BHodges
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Solid. Not my fav in the series, though. Daughter still loving these.
Kris
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm just so glad that these hold up. So many of my fondly remembered childhood favorites don't. But Ramona is real, and the story here has just as much tough stuff as it does happiness. I am so happy that Ramona exists. ...more
Abhi
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Loriann Fish
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book has one of my favorite Ramona stories in it, the time when Ramona wore her pajamas to school.

For some reason, the app will not let me rate this book accurately. 4 stars.
Kristen
Sep 08, 2009 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
Stacy
Jul 27, 2013 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
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Judy
Once again, Cleary pulled up incidents from my own past. Seven-year-old Ramona admits that she's always wanted to pull Kleenex out of a box, just for the joy of pulling them. Then she wants to squeeze a new tube of toothpaste, sculpting a shape from the long white 'worm' that keeps growing. My sister was intrigued with powder in a powder mitt. Locked in the bathroom, she put a pat of powder in each of the tiles that covered the walls. Ramona would have approved.

Here's the opening sentence of the
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
Want to do a reread so will review at that time.
Diane
May 30, 2008 rated it liked it
I look forward to reading this one to my girls.
Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
I don't really have much to say about this one- I liked it more than Ramona and Her Father.

I was in the wrong mood to read it, having just had an argument with spouse. I don't know why, but, I really hate the father in the book. Every time he speaks I displace a whole lotta rage on that character.

I don't know why they are bothering to send his whiny arse to college. If working in a grocery store was too stressful, a job I enjoyed for 7 years, I don't know how he's going to handle doing anythin
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Misti
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone always says that Beezus is her mother's girl, that her mother couldn't get along without her. Why doesn't anyone say that about Ramona? What will it take for her to be called "her mother's girl?"

Another solidly enjoyable entry in the Ramona series. I find that the episodic nature of these means that I have trouble remembering which anecdote belongs to which book -- if, as in the current case, I'm listening to the whole series without taking a lot of breaks between books, sometimes they
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Kimberly
Ramona's sister Beezus is at "that age" where everything seems challenging. But Ramona finds life hard as well and doesn't think anyone understands. Ramona's parents also seem to be unhappy and even have a fight! What will become of the Quimbys? A fun story of growing up and learning that life isn't always perfect and everyone isn't always happy. But that doesn't mean that they stop being a family. ...more
Carrie ReadingtoKnow
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another win from Beverly Cleary! She really wrote amazingly memorable characters. My kids are begging me through this series. They think Ramona "fun!", "funny!", "enjoyable!", etc., etc. Honestly I had no plans to read through the Ramona series this year but the kids would seem to have us well on our way to doing it. These books have made for wonderful read aloud times! ...more
Jill
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I chose this for a reading challenge prompt, "Reread a favorite book from your childhood." Wow, Beverly Cleary had such an amazing insight into the way children think and perceive their world. I remember clearly being on Team Ramona before, but now I have more appreciation for her tired parents, haha. ...more
Tamara York
Read aloud to my 7 and 9 year old. So happy to share these childhood favorites with my kids. They are even better read as an adult. This is the Year of Ramona in our house. We are 5 books in, 3 to go.
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Beverly Cleary (born April 12, 1916) 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.

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Other books in the series

Ramona Quimby (8 books)
  • Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1)
  • Ramona the Pest (Ramona, #2)
  • Ramona the Brave (Ramona, #3)
  • Ramona and Her Father (Ramona, #4)
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Ramona, #6)
  • Ramona Forever (Ramona, #7)
  • Ramona's World (Ramona Quimby, #8)

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