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Ramona the Pest Paperback – Sep 1988

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing Company (Sept. 1988)
  • ISBN-10: 044080051X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440800514
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,054,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beverly Cleary spent her early childhood on a farm in Oregon where no books were available until her mother opened a library with books from the State library. Beverly resolved to become a librarian and to write when she grew up. She fulfilled both ambitions, working as a children's librarian before going on to become one of America's best-selling children's authors. Beverly has won many prestigious awards including the American Librarians' Association Laura Ingalls Wilder award.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Comet on 2 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
I first had "Ramona The Pest" read to me when I was five years old. I read the book a year ago (I'm 36 years old) and still found it entertaining and sweet. I think that anyone who was a "brat" when they were a kid can relate to this girl. It's not that she's really a brat; it's just that she has a unique perspective on things that isn't shared by her kindergarten teacher or most of her schoolmates. Beverly Cleary writes all of her books with an innate understanding of how kids' minds work, and she writes charmingly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
It's finally happened! Ramona Quimby is old enough to attend kindergarten! She can't wait to do big kid stuff like learn to read and participate in show and tell. Parts of school are confusing, like the song about the dawnzer. But she is making new friends, like Davey, her first crush, and Susan, whose hair is so curly it just cries out to be tugged. But when things go horribly wrong, will Ramona ever return?

I had read this book before but had forgotten just how wonderful it was until I reread it recently. Author Beverly Cleary expertly captures the emotions and reactions of a 5 year old. Heck, I think at times Ramona is more honest then many adults are today. While some of her behavior isn't acceptable, it is understandable. And absolutely funny. There are so many wonderfully funny moments here that anyone will relate to.

The story itself is more episodic then a true novel. But that doesn't mean it isn't entertaining. I certainly didn't want to put it down.

The book was originally written in the late 60's, so it might be slightly dated, but this really is a minor issue. The heart of the story is Ramona and her new kindergarten world.

Beverly Cleary has a wonderful pen for writing. The book works well for mid to late elementary school students to read to themselves. Or it can be read aloud with absolute ease.

If you haven't discovered the joys of kindergarten with Ramona, pick up this book today. You'll laugh and smile as you are carried away to a world that was simpler.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
Felt I had to try this series and really pleased (at the age of 33!) that I finally have.

It doesn't matter that it's set in America, particularly. I'm sure cultural references aside, the experiences and feelings of little sister Ramona are universal - starting school, wanting to be liked, trying to understand new routines.

It's lovely. Lots of life lessons and entertaining stories, with sisterly relationships in there and a likeable young heroine who tries her best but is utterly human and fallible.

There's an element of Just William in it, but it's not quite as 'deep' and clever in its language but just as honest a child's voice, more accessible definitely.

One to find for 5/6 year olds starting school, in whatever country.
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By M. Nash on 23 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you haven't introduced your children to Ramona, now is a good time to start.

Ramona the Pest was one of the few books in the seris that we didn't have to pass on to our grandchildren. Effectively paying just package and postage on this little book, it couldn't have been better. Yes it was a school library book but in excellent condition which is surely all that matters.

Excellent service too.

M
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brought back great memories for my children, who are incidentally all in their twenties now !!" they asked me to get this for old times sake
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