Hi everyone and happy Monday! Today I’m going to be reviewing all of the Ramona books by Beverly Clearly.
I read these books as a kid, and even to this day, I loved re-reading them!
Beezus and Ramona by: Beverly Cleary: Beatrice, otherwise known as Beezus, has a little sister who is possibly the worst younger sister anyone could ever ask for. Ramona is just four-years-old, and boy is she trouble. Getting into mischief wherever she goes, and it’s usually Beezus who has to pick up the pieces. Ramona’s antics are hilarious and incredibly unique. The novel dives into sibling relationships, and the sister dynamic; it does a wonderful job of creating stories that are very life-like, and others that are a bit of a stretch of the imagination. Cleary’s characters are humorous who teach good lessons along the way. It also showcases the bond between sisters and teaches that you don’t have to love your sister all of the time.
Ramona The Pest by: Beverly Cleary: Ramona is taking on a new world; the world of kindergarten. In this novel Ramona explores the world in which she has to be nice and get along with others, not pull other’s hair, even if it boings; and not to cry when things don’t go her way. Her big sister Beezus is always calling her a pest, but Ramona argues it’s because little people need to be a little bit noisier to be noticed. It’s a wonderful novel recounting her time in school. Her child reasoning is hilarious, yet so touching and adorable. Clearly has made a character that children and adults alike can instantly fall in love with, that they just want more and more of Ramona. This novel only got a glimpse into the first half of her school year, that readers just want to keep reading to find out what other silly things Ramona can get into.
Ramona the Brave by: Beverly Cleary: Ramona has made it to the first grade, but it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. For starters her teacher doesn’t seem to like her, and Susan, a girl from kindergarten who made Ramona’s life rough, is in her class, which spoils everything. But as Ramona learns, she realizes she can be fearless and get through anything. This novel takes its reader on Ramona’s trials through the first grade and the hardships she must face. The plot is fully engaging, and helps strengthen her characters. As Clearly’s characters get older they become better, if not funnier; they are memorable, and so well thought out, that the reader can’t help but connect with any one of the characters; namely Ramona. This novel is definitely a great novel for young readers, but for older ones too.
Ramona and her Father by: Beverly Cleary: Ramona’s father has lost his job and is now sulking around the house. Everyone in the family is down so Ramona tries to cheer them all up. When she finds out that the cigarettes he smokes are killing him, she does everything in her power to stop and save his life. All of this leads to Ramona gaining a closer relationship with her father. This novel, like Cleary’s past novels is just as funny and entertaining. With new struggles to face, Ramona takes the reader on an informative read through family dynamics and the relationships between fathers and daughters. Some of the plots in this novel are just super cute and stories to make the reader smile; some really open young readers eyes to the reality of smoking cigarettes. This was definitely a fun, and enlightening read.
Ramona and her Mother by: Beverly Clearly: Ramona is back at it again with her silly antics. This time she wonders why no one calls her, her mother’s girl. Not quite fitting in with Willa Jean, as she’s too young, but not with Beezus either, Ramona tries to find her own way into her mother’s heart as her little girl. This novel, like previous novels was very enjoyable to read. The reader can see Ramona growing, although between this novel and the past Ramona hasn’t grown too much. Ramona’s antics feel a little used here, they are all things we’ve seen before, but we did get to see a glimpse to where her character is heading. Cleary’s plots are funny if not a little repetitive to past plots. What she does best is making the reader want to read a little bit more about Ramona’s life.
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by: Beverly Cleary: Ramona is accused of being a nuisance, and she tries her hardest to prove she isn’t. From breaking an egg over her head, to throwing up in class, Ramona just can’t help but be present. As she moves through the third grade she learns new things, as well as trying to be a better person. This novel takes the reader through the eyes of an eight-year-old, and although Ramona can act quite babyish, she does have her moments where it’s fun to read. As she tries to become a better person, and as she learns more, her character grows. The plots were thoughtful and quite genuine. Characters aren’t as funny as they have been, they seem angrier as the novel deals with family struggles, and life strains, but still overall enjoyable, and definitely something to learn from.
Ramona Forever by: Beverly Cleary: Ramona’s family is getting larger. Her Aunt Beatrice is getting married, and on top of that her mother is going to have a baby. This leads Ramona to worry a little, but over the course of the novel Ramona learns what it means to be grown up, and realizes that growing up can be hard. Cleary’s plots were done really well, and true to real life; readers can relate to these events, especially if they have siblings, whether older or younger. This novel had Ramona acting more like a grown up than past novels. Even though we start the novel with her worrying about people not liking her, which is an annoying trope the author keeps throwing at the reader. But once past that, we see a side of her that we haven’t before and it’s really wonderful to watch this character blossom into a young, mature girl.
Ramona’s World by: Beverly Cleary: Ramona is just trying to find her way through the fourth grade; a new teacher, and a world of spelling. Not only that, but she finds herself a best friend in Daisy a new girl to their school. This novel takes Ramona to new highs and lows; she has to learn to be an older sister and role model. This novel told a beautiful story of a girl trying to become her own person and all the mistakes and lessons you have to learn before you can start to figure out who you are as a person. Clearly as created a wonderful character in Ramona for girls to look up to and aspire to be like. This novel is a lovely conclusion to her wonderful series on Ramona, although it wasn’t a true ending, this novel did wrap a few things, like characters finally getting along, and a big one, Ramona just starting on her path to figuring herself out, and becoming her own person. Even Beezus got some lovely developments, which was all fun to read. Overall, this novel, and series was a fun, entertaining, and engaging read, for young and older readers alike.