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Beezus and Ramona

(Ramona Quimby #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  86,985 ratings  ·  1,690 reviews
Nine-year-old Beezus Quimby has her hands full with her little sister, Ramona. Sure, other people have little sisters that bother them sometimes, but is there anyone in the world like Ramona? Whether she's taking one bite out of every apple in a box or secretly inviting 15 other 4-year-olds to the house for a party, Ramona is always making trouble--and getting all the atte ...more
160 pages
Published June 8th 2000 by Oxford University Press (first published 1955)
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Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Returning to my childhood, I picked up this cute piece for my current book challenge. Beatrice ‘Beezus’ and Ramona Quimby share an interesting sisterhood connection. Ramona is that annoying four year-old, seeking her own independence and annoying a much older (9-10) and mature Beezus, in this collection of short stories. Ramona finds herself fixated on a certain book, the desire to join in the fun with the older children, and even to throw herself a party. Beezus is left to process all that her ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1), Beverly Cleary
This is the only book in the series written from older sister Beezus' point of view. In the book, Beezus is struggling with her feelings for her annoying younger sister Ramona. Ramona exasperates Beezus with her high spirits and wild imagination. Ramona scribbles all over a library book, gets Ribsy locked in the bathroom, and disrupts Beezus' art class. Finally Beezus realizes it is possible to love her sister, even when she doesn't always like her.
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book when I was a kid and my son loves it now. He thinks Ramona needs a spanking, and I am inclined to almost agree. Perhaps not quite a spanking, but certainly something stronger than, "You may go to your room." I think the mom gets stricter in later books in this series, but she is wishy-washy in this one.

In a Battle of the Brats, my son couldn't decide whether Fudge or Ramona would win. I, however, thought Ramona the true champion. But she is hilarious. And actually, I started to
May 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-like
Bottomline: Started to read this to my 5year old.... neither of us were impressed, so we stopped.

I remember reading this series when I was little... and my daughter loves (and very much relates to Ramona's antics in) the movie remake that came out a few years ago... so we were both very excited about starting this book. But not very far in (maybe half way through the 1st chapter), my daughter just couldn't seem to get interested... for which I was thankful - because it just wasn't settling right
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, children-s-lit
As a kid, I used to devour Beverly Cleary books and the Ramona series was no exception! I recently found a copy of Beezus and Ramona at the local used bookstore, and I picked it up to relive a bit of my childhood. As a child, I was drawn to the zest for life that Ramona brought to the page. However, on this go around, I found myself identifying with sweet, lovable Beezus. Her intelligent and quiet demeanor is such a contrast to that of Ramona's. I now have a younger sister and she is a lot like ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit, own, 2012
My own once-annoying little sister ran her first 5K this morning and texted me afterward to tell me she had done it, how happy and accomplished she was feeling. This is the perfect book to read on a day when I am thinking about her, since we certainly weren't always the sort of friends we are now.

I can't believe this book has been around since the 50's (aside from the fact that 9-year old Beezus spends her time playing checkers and making potholders). Its wisdom is contemporary and, dare I say
Jackie "the Librarian"
Sep 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: this is a great read aloud
Shelves: childrensbooks, humor
As a read-aloud, young children will relate to Ramona, and older, independent readers will feel Beezus's pain.
This is my favorite Ramona book, because of the episode with the library book (I'm a librarian, see). Ramona, being only four, colors in the steamshovel book Beezus checked out for her from the library, and they have to pay for it. When the librarian stamps the book "Discarded," and prepares to hand it back to the girls, Beezus sees the danger just in time. If they give the book to Ramo
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, america
مادر به آرامی فر اجاق را خاموش کرد، دستگیره ای برداشت، عروسک نیم سوخته و بقیه کیک را از داخل فر بیرون آورد
بئاتریس خشمگین گفت: رامونا جرالدین کوییم بی! تو... وحشتناکی! جدا وحشتناکی ببین چه به روز کیک تولدم آوردی!؟
رامونا اعتراض کرد: خودت به من گفتی خیال کنم گرتل هستم! خب...مگر گرتل ، جادوگره را توی آتش هل نداد؟

خواهر کوچیکم عاشق مجموعه راموناست . من برای پیدا کردن راز این همه علاقه، به قفسه کتاباش دستبرد زدم و نه تنها پشیمون نیستم بلکه میخوام این کار رو واسه بقیه جلدهای رامونا هم تکرار کنم.شیطنت ها
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I remember reading some, not all, of the Ramona Quimby series when I was a kid. I was delighted when Isabelle told me that Beezus and Ramona was the "read aloud" book at school - which means her teacher reads it aloud during snack time and after lunch.

I really love this series! I have as much fun reading these books to Isabelle as Isabelle does listening to me read them.

Beezus and Ramona introduces us to Ramona, and as a mother, I feel better just knowing that someone - Beverly Cleary! - seemed
Paniz Nsr
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
هنوز هم از خواندن این کتاب ها بینهایت لذت میبرم...
هر چند درک نمیکنم که بیزوس چرا برای دوست نداشتن خواهرش احساس گناه میکنه...
من که هیچ وقت برای دوست نداشتن خواهرم این حس رو نداشتم!
هر چند این کتاب باعث شد که خواهرم برای داشتن من شکرگزار باشد...
ولی متاسفانه نفهمیدم این کتاب چه مطلب آموزنده ای برای بچه ها میتونه داشته باشه به جز اینکه "شما هیچ چاره ای به جز تحمل خواهرتون ندارین!"
البته یک چیزی گفت که به دلم نشست و اینم اونه که مجبور نیستید همه رو همیشه ..دوست داشته باشید
May 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
I know I read some of the Ramona books as a child but I don't have particularly strong memories of them, so listening to the audiobook was an interesting experience. Stockard Channing narrates this Listening Library edition and I was disappointed with the results. I really enjoy Channing's film and tv work, but the narration just didn't work for me. Her children's voices were either whiny or outright obnoxious which makes it hard for me to decide how much of my dislike of Ramona was the writing ...more
I needed to read this one for a Copycat Challenge for my group. And man, did I hate this book.

Ramona is one of the most annoying, aggravating, stupid, idiotic characters I have ever seen (and I read a lot). I truly hated her, I don't care that she is 4 or 3 or 5 for all I care, she was a total horrendous kid. Doing whatever she wanted, and otherwise tantrum. She loved punishments (at one time in the story they decided not to give her any), she loved ruining, wrecking and destroying things, no ma
I decided to read this on a bit of a whim. Inspired by D.E.A.R day I pulled out some of my old books from when I was a kid. I don't think I have read a Beverly Cleary book since I was in 3rd or 4th grade. I did read her autobiographies when I was in 7th grade for a book report. I always loved Beverly Cleary and I am excited to return to this great children's classics.
9 year old Beezus, who always seems so level-headed, is dealing with the antics of her "creative" 4 year old sister, Ramona. Beezu
Rachel Brand
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, before-2000, own
July 2017: I just finished reading this book aloud to my almost-three-year-old and I can see so much of him in Ramona. She's the perfect depiction of a young child, the way their mind works, the questions they ask, the way they interpret things, the trouble they get into. I'd forgotten that this book is actually told from Beezus's point of view, but Quinn still really enjoyed listening to the story. I wasn't sure if he'd actually engaged with it and pay attention, but he did. I'd completely forg ...more
Анастасия Карнаух
Възмутена съм! Аз съм направо въмУтена и огОрчена от факта, че детството ми е било лишено от тази велика поредица на Бевърли Клиъри! Че не съм имала толкова голямо разнообразие от вече измислени пакости,които да пресъздам в домашни условия.

Чувствах се толкова неразбрана, а сега!! Сега виждам, че съвсем не съм сама - аз съм една истинска пораснала Рамона, която само се чуди какво пакост да извърши.

Утешава ме единствено факта, че поне сега тази поредица попадна в ръцете ми. Ако беше закъсняла с ощ
Ramona is simply the best. I'm so pleased that my kids love these books as much as I did.
Kathy Davie
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, middle-grade
First in the Ramona Quimby middle-grade readers fiction series and revolving around a misbehaving younger child.

NOTE: Beezus and Ramona supports the Common Core standards…if that’s important to you.

My Take
This is a handy tale for those siblings who are the older sister (or brother) and that hate-hate relationship between siblings that turns into funny stories when you’re old enough. Well, actually, I suspect this is more useful to the parents who are dealing with older kids who are angry and/or
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cleary
I really admire the publishers of this series. Even though the stories and characters are not exactly timeless, the books receive new editions every generation, with updated illustrations, but the details and dialogue remain entrenched in Baby-Boomer vocabulary.

There's not a lick of technology in this first book in the "Ramona" series, except the occasional telephone call conducted in the kitchen, because that's where the telephone lives, be it rotary or maybe even push-button(??!), and thus any
Ramona drove me crazy!

On the plus side, Stockard Channing did a wonderful job narrating the audiobook
Dichotomy Girl
This was my 4 years first regular chapter book. We started out reading it, and then switched to listening to an audiobook during the commute to school.

The thing I personally found interesting was how different 4 year olds were treated in the 1950's versus now. I found myself amazed at how much freedom a 4 and 9 year old had: Walking to the library. Going to art glass, with Ramona basically playing in the park unattended. This is amazing to me, even though I know that it echoes my own childhood.
Panda Incognito
When I was a child, I never read the Ramona books, because my mom thought they displayed Bad Attitudes and encouraged me to read other things instead. I never cared, but recently, I thought I should try out the classic stories for cultural knowledge and appreciation. I now have cultural knowledge and an increased appreciation for my mother's discernment. I really did not need to read this book when I was little, and would have been even more scandalized by it than I was now.

This book is well-wri
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have an amazing, beautiful, old copy of Beezus and Ramona that I scored at a library book sale. I adore it, and decided to give it a reread, as I haven't visited with Ramona in forever. Can you believe this--I completely forgot the first book in the Ramona series is told from her older sister's point-of-view. Ramona is only four, and while she's just as charming and adorable as usual, four is very different from the Ramona I remember (Age 8!). What I'm saying is that I appreciated and enjoyed ...more
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Read this years ago, but decided to read it to the girls aloud. After the first chapter, I feared they wouldn't enjoy it because it's a little outdated and not as funny as the Bunnicula series we just finished, but I was wrong. They totally loved this first book and are chomping at the bit to have me read the rest. And that makes me happy because I really enjoyed this series when I read it the first time. (Though I think little Ramona needs some more serious punishments at times than just being ...more
Michelle Cynthia
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this series as a kid. Walk down memory lane...the books that began my love of reading.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018

ราโมนาแสบมากคะ เปนเดกประเภททีถาเจอในชีวิตจริงคงรักไมลงเหมือนกัน (แตถาเปนลูกเปนหลานกอีกเรือง) พฤติกรรมเรียกรองความสนใจบางทีกนาสงสาร แตแบบทีลงไปนอนรองกรีดๆ นีกไมไหว

ชอบความสับสนของบีซัส พีสาววัย 9 ขวบ ทีเวลาเจอราโมนาทำตัวรายกาจใสกจะคิดวา "ไมรักราโมนา" แตอีกใจนึงกรูสึกผิดวาพีสาวควรจะรักนองสาวสิ ตัวเองใชไมไดเลย นารักมากคะ
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved these books dearly when I was younger. I'm delighted they hold up though my perspective is very different. I laughed and laughed and felt so bad for Beezus. I don't remember Ramona being so spirited, but she is an absolute delight.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
This review consists of two parts: 1. My daughter's review (she's 8) and 2. My review (I'm the Mom). These are excerpts - for the full review please visit us at


What I liked and disliked about it:
I think I’m more like Beezus and my brother is like Ramona (sometimes), but I still like both the girls. Ramona sometimes does bad things that annoy Beezus. I like to read about the funny things that Ramona does like taking one bite out of a bunch of apple
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
Shelves: audio-book, own
This series was a favorite when I was a child. It's the series I think of when I think of my earliest reading. I really enjoyed this version from Audible. It was narrated by Stockard Channing. She did such a good job giving each character their own voice and personality. I highly recommend... especially for family listens. :D
Hannah Notess
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First real classic read-aloud with almost-5-year-old. Great illustrations, hilarious stories, and real talk about feelings.
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sisters

Beezus and Ramona have been characters in some of Cleary's earlier books about Henry Huggins. Now they get a whole book of their own.

It is a story of a nine-year-old girl whose biggest problem is her younger sister, four-year-old Ramona. I could relate to Beezus because I had a younger sister who was quite different from Ramona but who still made me crazy sometimes.

To put it mildly, Ramona has a lot of energy, a strong will and something adults call imagination. Beezus is often called upon to wa
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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.

Beverly Cleary was born Beverly At

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“After Father had served the chicken and mashed potatoes and peas and Mother had passed the hot rolls, Beezus decidedthe time had come to tell Aunt Beatrice about being Sacajawea. "Do you know what I did last week?" she began. "I want some jelly," said Ramona "You mean, 'Please pass the jelly,' "corrected Mother while Beezus waited patiently. 'No, what did you do last week?" asked Aunt Beatrice. "Well, last week I-" Beezus began again. " like purple jelly better then red jelly," said Ramona. ' Ramona , stop interrupting your sister," said Father. "Well, Ido like purple jelly better then red jelly," insisted Ramona."Never mind," said Mother. "Go no, Beezus." Last week-" said Beezus, looking at her aunt, who smiled as if she understood."Excuse me, Beezus," Mother cut in. "Ramona, we do not put jelly on our mashed potatoes." "I like jelly on my mashed potatoes."Ramona stirred potato and jelly aroud with her fork. "Ramona you heard what your mother said." Father looked stern. "If I can ut butter on my mashed potateos, why can't I put jelly? I put butter and jelly on toast," said Ramona. Father couldn't help laughing. "That's a hard question to answer." "But Mother-" Beezus began."I like jelly on my mashed potateos," interrupted Ramona, looking sulky.” 15 likes
“Ramona grabbed the book. “It’s mine. I told you it was mine!” Then she turned to Beezus and said triumphantly, “You said people didn’t buy books at the library and now you just bought one!” 2 likes
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