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Ramona the Pest Paperback – 1 Sep 1988

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Product details

  • 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 (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,335,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ramona has been waiting years just to get to kindergarten, and once she's there she wants everyone to know it. She pretends to snore during quiet time to prove what a good rester she is. She yanks on prissy classmate Susan's curls not to be mean, but because their "boinginess" is so tempting. And she gleefully plays the baddest witch on Halloween.

Big sister Beezus and others call her Ramona the Pest. Perhaps they don't understand that a littler person sometimes has to be "a little bit noisier and a little bit more stubborn in order to be noticed at all."

Beloved author Beverly Cleary documents Ramona's hilarious and heartwarming struggles to make her way in a perplexing world. With gloriously fresh illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers created for this new edition, Ramona the Pest is the perfect tale for the spirited five-year-old in all of us.

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About the Author

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up.

Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.



Jaqueline Rogers has been a professional children's book illustrator for more than twenty years and has worked on nearly one hundred children's books.

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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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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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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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