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Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (1981)

by Beverly Cleary

Other authors: Louis Darling (Illustrator)

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Series: Ramona Quimby (6)

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The further adventures of the Quimby family as Ramona enters the third grade.

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Each Ramona book seems to be a little better than the previous one. Like others in the series, "Ramona Quimby, Age 8" is episodic, and therefore doesn't have any overall focus for the plot. Ramona is going to school alone for third grade, because Beezus is in Junior High now. Through the course of the book, she has difficulties with a boy in her class, her teacher, her sister, her parents, and of course, Willa Jean and her babysitting grandmother. Cleary's genius is making the reader, regardless of their age, understand the feelings of an eight-year-old. None of the problems Ramona faces are major events... but they are to her, and we understand that.
Funny, sweet, and perhaps a bit nostalgic if you can remember what it was like to be eight yourself. ( )
  fingerpost | Feb 5, 2019 |
Ramona is an eight year old girl, who is preparing to enter third grade. As she prepares to make this change, she has to get used to other changes that are occurring within her family as well. Her older sister Beezus will no longer be at school with her, she will now be attending junior high school. The biggest change of all is that her father quit his old job bagging groceries at the grocery store for a job at a frozen food warehouse. The reason he is doing this is because he is going back to school in order to become an elementary school art teacher. Due to this, Ramona’s family is making major adjustments in order to spend less money since they have a very tight budget now. One thing that is remaining the same, is her after school routine. Every day after school, Ramona goes to Howie’s house (a boy in her grade) where she is watched by his grandmother Mrs. Kemp. At their house, Ramona has to out up with Howie’s younger sister, Willa Jean. She is constantly being told to be nice and play with her, which Ramona does not appreciate. The first day of third grade, Ramona meets a boy who she calls “Yard Ape” due to his behavior on the playground. In return, he give she’d the name “Bigfoot” since her feet are rather large. They often tease each other but they are friendly to each other as well and Ramona. In third grade, boiled eggs become a lunchtime favorite. During lunch, they stand and break the egg shell with their heads then proceed to peel it. One day Ramona attempts this, but realizes her mom accidentally packed a raw egg, sending egg yolk running down her face and body. Ramona is humiliated and begins to cry as she is escorted to the main office. While getting the egg out of her hair, she overhears her teacher Mrs. Whaley say to the secretary “I hear my little show-off come on with egg in her hair. What a nuisance.” Ramona is devastated. She cannot believe her teacher thinks she is a show-off and is hurt to find out she thinks she’s a nuisance. After this, Ramona is very careful about what she does and says in class, she even stops participating in order to not be a nuisance to her teacher. As the year goes on, Ramona notices that her parents are having serious conversations behind closed doors, regarding time and money which begins to worry her. One morning, the car won’t start and her parents begin worrying about the cost and how they will get to work and school. Ramona is able to take the bus but she can’t shake the sick feeling in her stomach. When she arrives, she considers telling her teacher she is not feeling well but chooses not to since doesn’t want to be a nuisance. A few moments later, Ramona finds herself vomiting in front of everybody. Once again, Ramona finds herself publicly humiliated and feels like she is being a nuisance. Later on, Ramona’s mother picks her up and they take a taxi back home since their car is in the shop. Turns out Ramona has the stomach flu which keeps her always from school, and her mother away from work for a couple of days. Soon enough, one of Ramona’s classmates, brings her an assignment that she is to complete. She is to read a book and present it to the class as if she was selling it. Ramona’s book is about cats so she decides to present her book like the many cat commercials she sees on TV. The day comes to present and she puts a cat mask on along with her two friends who walk around and meow while she presents about the amazing cat book that all third graders should try. Mrs. Whaley and her classmates thoroughly enjoy her presentation and Ramona has the courage to ask her teacher why she thinks she’s a nuisance. Mrs. Whaley informs her that she misunderstood, she was calling her a show-off affectionately, and she meant that having to take the egg out of her hair would be a nuisance. Ramona feels much better and heads home. Later that night, Ramona’s dead is studying when he announces to the family that they will be going out for dinner. Her mother says that they will not be able to afford it, but her father says he will be working extra hours during thanksgiving and they should do something out for the ordinary for once. At the restaurant, they meet a friendly old man who was eating alone and Ramona is very intrigued by his bright and colorful clothing. The family enjoys their dinner and finds out that the old man had paid for their meal before he left because he though they looked like a nice family. Ramona and her family feel grateful and state that they feel as if that was a perfect ending to their day. ( )
  BryanLabastida | Oct 29, 2018 |
Summary: This book is a coming of age story about Ramona Quimby, a popular character in a series of books. She goes through many awkward or embarrassing events that she must navigate. There are a lot of cringe-worthy parts where she is trying to fit in.
Opinion: I received this book as a present for my 8th birthday and loved it. I think some parts of the book are way too embarrassing for the reader. However, it’s definitely good for kids to read. They’ll realize that it’s ok to be embarrassed or do something stupid. ( )
  KelseyGwozdz | Oct 2, 2018 |
To this day, I re-read this book every time I'm sick at home with the stomach flu.
1 vote aratiel | Sep 5, 2018 |
I remember buying this book from a Scholastic book fair at my school when I was in the third grade. This book is about Cleary's character of Ramona Quimby and her adventure through third grade. Her father goes back to school and has to stay with a neighbor after school while her mother is at work, she worries her teacher doesn't like her. There's a part where she tries to crack what she thinks is a hard-boiled on her head only to find it wasn't and literally ends up with egg on her face. I remember there's another part where she and her older sister Beezus have to make dinner for their parents so they just end up mixing things together in the kitchen like chicken and rice and yogurt and it's actually a hit. Ramona also has the stomach bug and throws up in front of her entire class. This was the part of the story that stayed with me the most because I too had a terrible stomach bug in the third grade just like Ramona and had to stay home from school. From then on this was the book to read when I was feeling sick. Ramona is not a perfect character, she doesn't behave like she's supposed to and marches to the beat of her drum. She's like any other kid and I think that makes her relatable. ( )
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Darling, LouisIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Channing, StockardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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