Beezus and Ramona (along with Cleary's other famous character, Henry Huggins) were a mainstay of my childhood reading diet. I picked this up again recently and was amazed at how this book has stood the test of time. Yes, it was written some 50 years ago - but in the end, kids are kids and we all know a Ramona.
This is one of the books that truly turned me into a reader. I think I was about 8 when I first started reading the Ramona books. If you have kids (girls OR boys)that range in age from 6-12, these books are perfect. I have started reading them to my boys and they crack up on almost every page. Ramona is a trouble maker, but has a great heart! I am excited because I get to read them to my boys as an excuse to hear them all over again!
Big sister Beezus Quimby tries to be patient with her little sister, Ramona, but it isn't easy, not when Ramona powders her nose with marshmallows and invites her whole class to a party without telling her family. Sometimes Beezus doesn't like Ramona, but the girls are sisters and that means they will always love each other-just not every single minute.
Nine-year-old Beezus Quimby has her hands full with her little sister, Ramona. Sure, other people have little sisters that bother them sometimes, but is there anyone in the world like Ramona? Whether she's taking one bite out of every apple in a box or secretly inviting 15 other 4-year-olds to the house for a party, Ramona is always making trouble--and getting all the attention. Every big sister can relate to the trials and tribulations Beezus must endure. Old enough to be expected to take responsibility for her little sister, yet young enough to be mortified by every embarrassing plight the precocious preschooler gets them into, Beezus is constantly struggling with her mixed-up feelings about the exasperating Ramona.
There's no one in the world like Beverly Cleary, either. This terrifically popular author of over two dozen children's books has withstood the test of time for generations, as her many awards, including the Newbery Medal, attest. Two books in the Ramona series, Ramona and Her Father and Ramona Quimby, Age 8, were also named Newbery Honor Books. Louis Darling's wonderful ink illustrations are the kind that will stay with a reader for a lifetime. (Ages 8 to 12)
(The MAIN book review (see above) is for the cassette, which is narrated.)
FROM BACK COVER OF PAPERBACK: ISBN #0440706653
Beatrice Quimby's biggest problem was her little sister, Ramona. Beatrice (or Beezus, as everyone called her) was very patient with Ramona, but eventually she got so exasperated that she decided she did not like Ramona at all. Not one little bit. Tooting one note on her harmonica for hours, locking Henry Higgins' dog Ribsy in the bathroom, baking her rubber doll into Beezus' birthday cake-how could a four-year-old be such a pest? Beezus knew sisters were supposed to love each other all the time, like Mother and Aunt Beatrice. But with a sister like Ramona, it seemed impossible!
The book has good humor, and I have read it several times.
Out of all of the books about Ramona that Beverly Cleary has written, I believe this is my favorite one (although the others are pretty funny too!).