Parents' Guide to

Beezus and Ramona

By Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

The first Ramona book is a treat for all ages.

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age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

Ramona Quimby...

This book is outdated, and it's starting to show as time goes on. For example, Ramona is 4, and can play in the park by herself or that parents are so gulliable. When my little girl's classmates mention a party to her, I call the parents to find out if they know about it. In this book, they just take Ramona's word for it and drop their kids off at the Quimby House. Well done, though Beverly Cleary! This book is a wonderful book to represent sisterhood.
age 7+

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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (22 ):

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.

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