Beezus and Ramona

Book review by
Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
The first Ramona book is a treat for all ages.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 23 reviews

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Positive Messages

Getting along with siblings can be tough, but Beezus makes an effort.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Beverly Cleary's Beezus and Ramona is a literary classic about a girl being vexed by her preschool sister. It's the first of a series of slice-of-life books about the irrepressible Ramona Quimby and her family. 



User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by17 year old girl July 3, 2012

A great book

This book is really funny and also allows you to see a family situation from two very different points of view. Is a great book for all ages.
Parent of a 5 and 8-year-old Written bypbj February 15, 2010

Great book! Great series!

I love, love, love this book. I grew up reading and loving Ramona - and now my children love her too. The books are amazing. So innocent yet so true-to-life of... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byShowman movie13 July 29, 2020

A mischief Ramona makes this story interesting.

Ramona is had a big mischief maker in this book. Every chapter, I think, she gets into mischief. I think this book is fine but the mischiefness in this book is... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bychaotic idiot March 26, 2021

Great for kids

It's a funny, charming book that doesn't contain anything parents need to worry about. Most kids ages 5-9 will probably enjoy this.

What's the story?

Big sister Beezus struggles to manage life with her little sister, Ramona.

Is it any good?

Though more than 50 years old, BEEZUS AND RAMONA has lost none of its charm. The frustrations of being an older sibling to a rambunctious preschooler are the same no matter what the era. Kids will sympathize with gentle Beezus as she struggles with her little sister, Ramona. The text is sometimes a little dated -- the girls' father has handkerchiefs (they tie them to sticks for flags) and a new book costs only $2.50 -- but the story itself is timeless.

Each chapter stands on its own as a funny story but the book also holds together to make a fine long-range narrative. It's a satisfying read for kids who are frustrated by chapter-ending cliff-hangers or for families who are reading together across several days. It makes a great read-aloud book. Beverly Cleary's books about everyday kids are a pleasure for every reader, no matter what age.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their own kids' challenges with younger family members. Why is it sometimes so hard to get along?

  • What are some famous stories of your family's rambunctious preschoolers? What sorts of things have happened at your house that might rival Ramona's antics?

  • Does this story make you want to read more Ramona books? 

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