Beezus and Ramona

The first Ramona book is a treat for all ages.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this slice-of-life book about family is a literary classic about a girl being vexed by her preschool sister. . 



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 still 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. Parents who were unlucky enough to miss out on Ramona Quimby might want to designate this a read-aloud book so they can get in on the fun. Beverly Cleary's books about everyday kids are a pleasure for every reader, no matter what age.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their own kids' challenges with younger family members. Why is it sometimes so hard to get along? They may want to revisit some of their own family's legends of rambunctious preschoolers. What sorts of things have happened in their own homes that might rival Ramona's antics?

Book details

Author:Beverly Cleary
Illustrators:Arthur Dorros, Tracy Dockray
Genre:Family Life
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:April 11, 2006
Number of pages:176
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12
Read aloud:9
Read alone:12

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Kid, 12 years old January 31, 2011
age 2+
i recamend this book to everyone fun, loving everything good you can say if your reading this review right now were ever you are go to astore and buy the book!
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Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written bypbj February 15, 2010
age 5+

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 how children think and feel. Beverly Cleary is wonderful. I read it to my class of first greaders - they loved it so much and laughed at Ramona's antics.
Kid, 11 years old May 16, 2010
age 7+

Good Book!

This Is a great book I'v finished the Ramona Series and it was well written, and very realistic to real life I can't wait to see Ramona and Beezus in the summer!
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