Beezus and Ramona, by Beverly Cleary | Book Review


Book Review of Beezus and Ramona
The Children’s Book Review

Written by Beverly Cleary

Ages 7+ | 160 Pages

Publisher: HarperCollins | ISBN-13: 9780688210762

What to Expect: Family, Friends, and Siblings

Raise your hand if you have a little sister. Raise your hand if you have an older sister. Raise your hand if you find her annoying. Sister or no sister, Beezus and Ramona is a hilarious book about a nine-year-old girl named Beezus, short for Beatrice, and her relationship with her younger sister Ramona. Beezus and Ramona is published in multiple languages worldwide as part of an eight-book series. A movie titled Ramona and Beezus is based on many books in the Ramona series. 

Ramona is four years old and has a big imagination. She is constantly testing Beezus’s patience and causing embarrassing problems, the kind of problems that cause the girls not to get along. Ramona likes to wear her handmade rabbit ears and pretend to be the Easter Bunny. She takes one bite out of every apple in a box, enjoys walking her pretend lizard named Ralph, invites 15 kids to her house without permission, and ruins two birthday cakes made for Beezus’s tenth birthday.

The ruined cake—and potentially ruined birthday celebration—are the last straw. However, when she discovers that her mom and Aunt Beatrice had funny childhood experiences of their own, Beezus may realize that all sibling relationships have their challenges.

While having a sister like Ramona is not easy, it’s hard not to love family. Thanks to sisters Beezus and Ramona Quimby, we learn that our family shapes a big part of who we become when we are grown-ups. Beezus and Ramona is so good. It’s a riot! 

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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.

Beverly Cleary

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Bianca Schulze reviewed Beezus and Ramona. Discover more books like Beezus and Ramona by reading our reviews and articles tagged with Family, Siblings, and Friends.

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