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Beezus and Ramona

(Ramona Quimby #1)

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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 July 1st 1955)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) She's a toddler. Good parents don't punish toddlers "harshly." They teach them to do better.…moreShe's a toddler. Good parents don't punish toddlers "harshly." They teach them to do better.(less)
Steve I think the book is still very relevant. Time has no bearing on the struggles and joys of childhood, and that is the heart of this series.
And I would…more
I think the book is still very relevant. Time has no bearing on the struggles and joys of childhood, and that is the heart of this series.
And I would say it's for ages 4 to 8. I am reading the books to my 7-year-old. I think he would have enjoyed them when he was 4 or 5, as Ramona is about 4 in this book. My 10-year-old cracks up with delight at Ramona's antics when he reads with us, but it's generally a little immature for that age group.
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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.
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Matt
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
ABC
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
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Dave Schaafsma
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
RIP, Beverly Cleary, aged 104!!!
Vanessa
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beezus could not help feeling annoyed. Miss Robbins was letting Ramona stay in the class—the one place where she was never allowed to tag along! Miss Robbins would probably like her painting, because it would be so full of imagination. Ramona’s pictures, in fact, were so full of imagination that it took even more imagination to tell what they were.

I’ve had Beverly Cleary on my mind for a while now ever since NPR did a story about her (as of this writing, she is 103 years old!), so it suddenly se
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Megan
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
rachel
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
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Manybooks
Oh how I wish I had encountered Beverly Cleary’s Ramona series as a child. But yes, even though I unfortunately did not experience Beverly Cleary’s work as a young reader, my childhood reading experiences in Germany with Astrid Lindgren (until we moved to Canada in 1976) do actually and in fact remind me very strongly and equally totally fondly of how I am now emotionally and textually feeling and reacting with regard to my perusal of the first series novel, with regard to Beezus and Ramona, tow ...more
Tiph
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
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M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I read this as a kid, and I loved the book and the story. As a older sibling, I had several younger sibs to deal with... although I don't remember any of them being as quite annoying as Ramona! Some of the things she did actually made me chuckle as I read them although now as an adult I can not help but think of how absolutely aggravating it might have been to be Ramona's parents sometimes, especially with the apple bit.

Even though this book would be quite dated now (this happened in my grand- a
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Jackie "the Librarian"
Sep 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: this is a great read aloud
Shelves: humor, childrensbooks
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
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Sophie Crane
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-in-h-f
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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.
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Lata
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why did I never read any Beverly Cleary's works before? Yes, this is actually the very first book I've read by her, and it was a hoot! Except for one moment when I winced at one of Beezus' ideas (a girl can't like mechanical things), this was a fun little story. Ramona is a handful! And poor Beezus, trying so hard to be patient and appreciate her inventive and mischievous four-year-old sister. Typical exploits that had me laughing and laughing: inviting all the kids in her nursery school to a pa ...more
Jenny Baker
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Irene
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
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Jennifer
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
Mehsi
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
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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
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Jeanette
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
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Jane
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found the complete set of Ramona book's, and re-reading these book's I read as a kid is wonderful.
In this first one we meet the sister's, Beatrice ( Beezus), and Ramona. It is such a delight to experience these book's I loved so much as a young girl.
Anyway Ramona is just four years old, and the trouble she can get into is unbelievable.
You travel through this first book from Beezus's perspective. It's starts with a trip to the library and the trouble with Ramona goes right to the end.
Beverly
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Jessica
Ramona is simply the best. I'm so pleased that my kids love these books as much as I did. ...more
Rachel Brand
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, before-2000, children
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
Kelly
Jul 17, 2017 added it
Shelves: read-in-2017
So good. Certainly, some of the things in the book don't hold up well on the cultural level -- Beezus playing Sacagawea in the school play, for one, and the bits about how Christopher Columbus discovered America -- but everything else absolutely does. In fact, a lot of how Cleary renders the Quimby family's position as lower middle class/working class is quite refreshing. It's rare to see now, and yet, it's reality. Fig Newtons were a dessert for this family, and Beezus getting a homemade (then ...more
Blythe
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Thirty-five years ago, my older sister introduced me to Ramona; I fell in love with her and reading, and I’ve never looked back. Introducing her to my children has delighted me, but their eagerness to read more, begging to read her together every night, has overwhelmed me with joy. Ramona is timeless, fun, and relatable, and we. love. her.
Kathy Davie
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, fiction
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
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Whitney
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
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Krissy
Ramona drove me crazy!

On the plus side, Stockard Channing did a wonderful job narrating the audiobook
Erica Clou
I remember liking this a lot as a kid but it doesn't really survive well into adulthood. Beatrice (Beezuz) is the older sister, 9 years old, and Ramona is about 4. Ramona drives Beezus and everyone else crazy. At the time of my reread, my daughter Miranda is almost 4, so I can relate to a lot of the bad behavior and frustrations, but Ramona is really a next level awful toddler.

Another thing that stands out so many years later is how much freedom the two girls have to wander the town. Beezus is
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Michelle
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
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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.

Beverly Cleary was born Beverly A
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Ramona Quimby (8 books)
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