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Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
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Ramona the Pest (1968)

by Beverly Cleary

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Series: Ramona Quimby (2)

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girls, classics, real girls, spunky girls, early chapter books
  Tasharoo | Apr 16, 2015 |
Not ADHD and not a brat. Just a healthy, lively child who is sometimes impulsive but always means well. Well, ok, in the books that focused on Henry and Beezus she seemed brattier - but then, those were told from their pov and so she would seem that way. And she was younger in them, so she was naturally more self-centered ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
I loved this book when I was little, as well as the other Ramona books, so I know that other kids would definitely still appreciate it. This is an old book that has aged well. This would be great for use in the classroom. I think the theme could be considered to be family and friendships.
  ulindsay | Mar 13, 2015 |
In Ramona the Pest, Ramona finally gets to go off to kindergarten. More so than in Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Ramona herself is the star of the show; her dad barely makes a cameo, and her mother and Beatrice have only slightly larger parts. Much of the action takes place at school, but already Ramona's personality shines through, and her logic makes perfect sense - even if it's not always immediately clear to the grown-ups in her life.

"Ramona was not discouraged. She was used to Beezus's growing out of things as she grew into them." (39)

"People who called her a pest did not understand that a littler person sometimes had to be a little bit noisier and a little bit more stubborn in order to be noticed at all." (174-175) ( )
  JennyArch | Feb 25, 2015 |
This book is one of the few that really relates to siblings and the way that they love each other and hate each other at the same time. One thing about the Ramona books is that they appeal to all ages. It's funny to read what Ramona was thinking in the book, like when her kindergarten teacher told Ramona to "sit down for the present" but Ramona thought she meant an actual present. Ramona is mischievous and she doesn't even know it. What makes this book different is it uses slightly inappropriate language such as stupid, brat, dumb, etc. Overall I love this series and recommend it mostly for girls, however guys may like it as well because it is humorous.
  lfasce1 | Dec 1, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Cleary, Beverlyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Darling, LouisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dockray, TracyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rogers, JacquelineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"I am not a pest," Ramona Quimby told her big sister Beezus.
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She was not going to pick up her crayons.  Nobody could make her pick up her crayons.  Nobody. Not her father nor her mother.  Not even the principal.  Not even God.
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Kindergarten, 
5 year old Ramona
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0380709546, Paperback)

The engaging tale of young Ramona Quimby's first days in kindergarten, Ramona the Pest takes a pint-sized perspective on the trials and delights of beginning school. Ramona can't wait to learn all the important things. But she's disappointed when her teacher can't fill in missing parts of story lines, such as how Mike Mulligan (of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel) went to the bathroom while digging the basement of the town hall. Nonetheless, Ramona loves her teacher, and loves going to school in spite of the torments--having to wear hand-me-down boots, for example, or having to (sometimes) suppress the urge to pull on another girl's "boing-boing" curls. Ramona's energetic take on life appeals to children who have passed through this stage, or who are dealing with a kindergarten-age sibling who is exhibiting Ramona-ish tendencies. (Ages 7 to 12) --Richard Farr

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:19:34 -0400)

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Ramona meets lots of interesting people in kindergarten class, like Davy whom she keeps trying to kiss and Susan whose springy curls seem to ask to be pulled.

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