Ramona and Her Father

Book review by
Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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A timeless classic with the fab Ramona!

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 5 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

The family is going through a tough time and this book shows how they deal with and grow from the experience.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Ramona's father smokes. Ramona and her sister work hard to get him to stop.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this book deals with Ramona's father losing his job, the family's money worries, and Ramona's mom going to work full-time. There is also heavy emphasis on getting Ramona's dad to stop smoking.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant, 1, 4, 11, and 18+-year-old Written byAdrianna R. August 13, 2016

Not like Ramona...

I hate seeing book characters take the weight of the world on their shoulders. Ramona is not bright and cheery like usual, instead her whole world crumbles.

I... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 21, 2020
Very good book. It reflects the way a family has arguments but always finds ways to decide the solution, but Ramona's father smokes A LOT.
Kid, 9 years old April 4, 2014


I read this book when I was friggin' six, and it was perfect! The characters were stable, Ramona was a little under-excited, and everything was great. Un... Continue reading

What's the story?

Ramona is all out of sorts when her father loses his job, her mom goes to work full time, and her sister Beezus becomes moody. She decides to make a million dollars, get her father to stop smoking, and cheer the family up, in her very Ramona way.

Is it any good?

RAMONA AND HER FATHER is a great Beverly Cleary classic. The book is funny and heartwarming, and we feel for Ramona as she struggles with trying to make sense of what's going on and why everyone in the house is so unhappy.

Ramona's drive to get her father to stop smoking is classic Ramona. And there are definitely moments you can tell this lovingly rambunctious girl is learning some life lessons. Like many kids, she has to have things just so, and when her mom makes a sheep costume for a Christmas play that doesn't live up to her expectations, her turnaround from disappointment to acceptance is a great lesson presented in an endearing, hilarious way. Parents will love reading along with a classic they most likely read themselves.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how family situations can change, as well as smoking, health, and family unity. Why does Ramona want her father to stop smoking? Why does her father begin to act differently?

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