Ramona Quimby, age 8~ Review
by Beverly Cleary
read September 2009
Published by Scholastic Inc
Genre~ KitLit, beginning chapter book, Newbery Honor Book (1982)
ISBN 10~ 0 439 14807 3
From the back cover~
Ramona likes being big enough to be counted on but must everything depend on her? If Mrs. Kemp didn’t look after Ramona, her mother couldn’t work full time. If Ramona’s mother didn’t work, her father couldn’t return to college. Ramona does get to ride the school bus by herself this year. And despite teasing from Danny the Yard Ape, she’s determined to enjoy the 3rd grade: her new teacher, Mrs. Whaley; and learning to read and write. If only Mother would not remind Ramona each morning to be nice to Willa Jean Kemp. If only her parents wouldn’t quarrel at home. If only Ramona didn’t get sick one horrible day and throw up–at school. But being a patient has it advatages. Even book reports and Sundays have a bright side. In Ramona’s world, being eight isn’t easy, but it’s never dull!
I loved Beverly Cleary books when I was younger. I remember this one in particular. Ramona and smashing the egg in her hair because she thought it was hard-boiled….only it wasn’t, the Yard-Ape, the umm dinner that could taste you back. I remember it being a reassurance to read about Ramona’s life and to know that all of that stuff was normal. Families fought, parent’s were annoying, school was tough, but in the end, everything was okay.
I loved sharing it with my daughters this time around. My oldest is eight, which makes her a “young adult” according to her. She could totally relate with Ramona. I think the mind of an eight-year-old was clearly captured by Cleary. Ramona is a bit more trouble that my daughter, but I’m pretty sure she feels the same way, she just doesn’t act on it!
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