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Beverly Cleary
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Jan. 8 2011
Read by Stockard Channing
Two cassettes / 2 hours 5 minutes

Mr. Quinby's going to college, Mrs. Quinby's going to work.  Now that Ramona is eight, she can go to a new school with a new teacher and ride the bus all by herself.  But after school she has to stay with Grandmother Kemp and be nice to that bratty little Willa Jean until Beezus--who's tempermental enough to ruin anyone's day--comes to take her home.  Life isn't as easy for Ramona as it used to be.  All the Quimbys have to adjust, and Ramona gets her chance to prove that she's "big enough for her family to depend on."
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From the first day of third grade, when Ramona Quimby meets her eventual nemesis Yard Ape, life moves on at its usual wild pace--usual for the boisterous Ramona, that is. Soon she is accidentally squashing a raw egg into her hair at the school cafeteria, being forced to play Uncle Rat with her annoying young neighbor, and, worst of all, throwing up in her classroom. The responsibilities of an 8-year-old are sometimes daunting, especially in a family that is trying to squeak by while the father goes back to school. But Ramona is full of too much vim and vigor to ever be down for long.

In her second Newbery Honor Book about Ramona (the first was Ramona and Her Father), Beverly Cleary presents another slice of the Quimby family life. Author of more than two dozen children's books, Cleary has a true knack for understanding the tangle of thoughts and emotions in a child's mind and heart. Empathic, witty, and astute, she has earned many other awards, including the Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw. Alan Tiegreen's clever line drawings have charmed countless readers of Cleary's books over the years, and his style is now inextricably tied to hers. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Ramona is justifiably one of the most famous and loved characters in children's fiction."  --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan S, Age 10 reviews Ramona Quimby, Age 8 March 15 2003
This was a great book because it is about a girl and some of the things that happen to her during 3rd grade. Her dad used to be a check out person at the grocery store, now he is going back to college. Her mom works at a doctors office. Her older sister Beezus just started middle school. Money is tight in the Quimby house and Ramona and Beezus try to help out as much as they can. Some bad things happen to Ramona. One day at lunch she cracks an egg against her haed and realizes that it is not hard boiled and it meeses up her hair. The she gets sick and throws up all over her desk at school. The Quimby's car gets sick and needs a new transmission and it costs a lot of money. One rainy Sunday tha Quimbys decide to go to Whopperburger for dinner and a nice old man pays for their dinner. They realize that they may not have money but they sure do have love! Ramona Quimby, AGe 8 is a good book for kids to read becuase a lot of the same things that happen to Ramona could happen to us!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Sept. 1 2002
By Faye
A characteristically enjoyable Ramona book. Obviously Beverly Cleary has never forgotten what it's like to be a kid. She's very good at showing that children have feelings and thoughts of their own and how children can be both petty and noble. Also, Cleary never talks down to her young readers, using such words as "reflect" and "apparent," which not all grade-schoolers might be familiar with. I think her books are very aspirational, showing children that they can be more than they are. Ramona, to me, is the embodiment of aspiration, with her creativity, imagination, and talent for self-actualization. When I have children I will have them read all the Ramona books, especially my daughters. I want them to read about girls who are strong and self-reliant. I liked this book because it introduced the character of Yard Ape, who is described as "sturdy" and "smart and lively," the perfect foil to Ramona herself. I must say I didn't see why this book got a Newbery Honor; I enjoyed other books in the series more, like Ramona and Her Mother, and the other Newbery Honor book, Ramona and Her Father. But I still enjoyed this book a lot and would recommend it to readers of all ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Family Support in Ramona Quimby April 23 2001
Ramona Quimby is eager to be grown up and treated with respect. The main character in Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is the youngest child in a family of four and has just started the third grade. Ramona finds that being in third grade at a new school does not prove to be one hundred percent fun as she had anticipated. Along with school, Ramona finds life frustrating at home, with her parents constantly worrying about money and her older sister Beezus constantly in a bad mood. However, Ramona discovers that no matter how bad things may be, she can always turn to her family for the help and love that she needs. Ramona's main worry throughout the novel is school, especially her teacher, Mrs. Whaley. Ramona loves to be the center of attention, but manages more than one time to attract more looks than even than even she can enjoy. At one point Ramona, in an attempt to crack a "hard-boiled" egg on her head, ends up with runny egg-mess all over her face. After the incident, she overhears her teacher referring to her as the "nuisance." Not long after the egg incident, Ramona manages to make another scene when she vomits in class. Ramona is devastated by these events, and turns home for comfort. She tells he parents about the incidents. In the 1999 Children's Literature in Education, Linda Benson exemplifies the notion of home support. She states, " both her mother and her father let her know that the egg incident and the throwing up were not intentional and therefore not the nuisance that intentional behavior would have been" (25). With the support of her family, Ramona is able to return to school with her head held high. Though Ramona seeks home for comfort from the stresses of everyday life, she finds that home can be a stress in itself. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ramona and her Reading Dec 6 2000
Cleary, Beverly. Ramona Quimby, Age 8. New York: Avon Books, 1981.
Benson, Linda. "The Hidden Curriculum and the Child's New Discourse: Beverly Cleary's Ramona Goes to School. Children's-Literature-in-Education. 30.1 (1999): 9-29.
Mackey, Margaret. "Ramona the Chronotope: The Young Reader and Social Theories of Narrative." Children's-Literature-in-Education. 22.2 (1981): 97-109.
The Newbery Award-Winning novel, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, by Beverly Cleary, paints a vivid picture of the distresses of childhood. Ramona is a tenacious third grader, learning the ins and outs of the social confines of elementary school. Evolution of her character occurs through the novel as she comes to terms with her identity and self-expression primarily by means of trail and error. Often, her energy and self-confusion is channeled through her own literacy. Literature serves as the vehicle for Ramona to focus her negative and inadequate feelings. Once she has done this successfully, she is able to share her love of literature with others. As are most third graders, Ramona is challenged to learn the social rules of the elementary school classroom. Much of this challenge stems from her own feelings of incompetence which is supplemented by her perception of herself based upon how she feels others see her. For instance, in one portion of the book, Ramona assimilates herself into the third grade by cracking and egg that she assumes is hardboiled on her head. Seconds later, it is very apparent that the egg was indeed not hardboiled. With egg oozing down her face, she trots to the school office to get cleaned up. While there, she overhears her teacher say, "What a nuisance" (Cleary 68).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Book
Ramona is so funny and clever for kids to read. She is very excited to go to her new school but not everything turns out the way she thought it would. Read more
Published on June 10 2011 by Ms H
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Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is a great book. The book is about a girl named Ramona, her sister, Beezus, and her mom and dad. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trip Down Memory Lane
My 8 year old son and I read together about 3 hours a week and this book is definitely one of the most touching books in the Ramona series. We've both grown to love Ramona Quimby. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it as a kid, brings back a lot of memories for me!
I loved this book as a child. My mother bought it for me when I was 8 and had pneumonia, so I definitely related to the part when she threw up in the classroom (as I almost did). Read more
Published on June 25 2002 by Aileen
5.0 out of 5 stars oatmeal and fruit flies
I have happy memories of reading this book aloud to my father when both of us were sick with stomach flu. Read more
Published on May 23 2002 by Penny Thoughtful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literature Circle
We are: We are three third grade girls who live in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. We are writing this review with our Literature Circle teacher. Read more
Published on May 10 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars I Liked It by Luisa Brighty
I like Beezuz because she could be a good sister,she is funny and really not patient.Did I say she bothers Ramona a lot? Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it...
I like Beezus,because she cueld be a good sister she is funny and really not paychons.I think the book is funny because of the way characters act in the stor. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Ramona The Best! by William Robert
Ramona is very good at calling people names like "yard ape" etc. It was a cool name to give to a particular character in this book. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2002
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