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Beezus and Ramona



The first Ramona book is a treat for all ages.
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Getting along with siblings can be tough, but Beezus makes an effort.

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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. 



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.

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?

  • 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? 

Book details

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

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Kid, 12 years old January 31, 2011
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

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

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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