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Beezus and Ramona

Beezus and Ramona

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by Beverly Cleary

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Having a little sister like four-year-old Ramona isn't always easy for Beezus Quimby. With a wild imagination, disregard for order, and an appetite for chaos, Ramona makes it hard for Beezus to be the responsible older sister she knows she ought to be…especially when Ramona threatens to ruin Beezus's birthday party. Newbery Medal winner Beverly Cleary


Having a little sister like four-year-old Ramona isn't always easy for Beezus Quimby. With a wild imagination, disregard for order, and an appetite for chaos, Ramona makes it hard for Beezus to be the responsible older sister she knows she ought to be…especially when Ramona threatens to ruin Beezus's birthday party. Newbery Medal winner Beverly Cleary delivers a humorous tale of the ups and downs of sisterhood. Both the younger and older siblings of the family will enjoy this book.

"An important reminder of the good that can come when you throw yourself fully into any situation and draw outside the lines," says Brightly.com in their article "12 Girls from Fiction Who Are Their Own Heroes."

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“Ramona’s adventures ring as true as the recess bell.”

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Ramona Series , #1
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5 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Chapter One

Beezus and Her Little Sister

Beatrice Quimby's biggest problem was her little sister Ramona. Beatrice, or Beezus (as everyone called her, because that was what Ramona had called her when she first learned to talk), knew other nine-year-old girls who had little sisters who went to nursery school, but she did not know anyone with a little sister like Ramona.

Beezus felt that the biggest trouble with fouryear-old Ramona was that she was just plain exasperating. If Ramona drank lemonade through a straw, she blew into the straw as hard as she could to see what would happen. If she played with her finger paints in the front yard, she wiped her hands on the neighbors' cat. That was the exasperating sort of thing Ramona did. And then there was the way she behaved about her favorite book.

It all began one afternoon after school when Beezus was sitting in her father's big chair embroidering a laughing teakettle on a pot holder for one of her aunts for Christmas. She was trying to embroider this one neatly, because she planned to give it to Aunt Beatrice, who was Mother's younger sister and Beezus' most special aunt.

With gray thread Beezus carefully outlined the steam coming from the teakettle's spout and thought about her pretty young aunt, who was always so gay and so understanding. No wonder she was Mother's favorite sister. Beezus hoped to be exactly like Aunt Beatrice when she grew up. She wanted to be a fourth-grade teacher and drive a yellow convertible and live in an apartment house with an elevator and a buzzer that opened the front door. Because she was named after Aunt Beatrice, Beezus felt she might belike her in other ways, too.

While Beezus was sewing, Ramona, holding a mouth organ in her teeth, was riding around the living room on her tricycle. Since she needed both hands to steer the tricycle, she could blow in and out on only one note. This made the harmonica sound as if it were groaning oh dear, oh dear over and over again.

Beezus tried to pay no attention. She tied a small knot in the end of a piece of red thread to embroider the teakettle's laughing mouth. "Conceal a knot as you would a secret," Grandmother always said.

Inhaling and exhaling into her mouth organ, Ramona closed her eyes and tried to pedal around the coffee table without looking.

"Ramona!" cried Beezus. "Watch where you're going!"

When Ramona crashed into the coffee table, she opened her eyes again. Oh dear, oh dear, moaned the harmonica. Around and around pedaled Ramona, inhaling and exhaling.

Beezus looked up from her pot holder. "Ramona, why don't you play with Bendix for a while?" Bendix was Ramona's favorite doll. Ramona thought Bendix was the most beautiful name in the world.

Ramona took the harmonica out of her mouth. "No," she said. "Read my Scoopy book to me."

"Oh, Ramona, not Scoopy," protested Beezus. "We've read Scoopy so many times."

Instead of answering, Ramona put her harmonica between her teeth again and pedaled around the room, inhaling and exhaling. Beezus had to lift up her feet every time Ramona rode by.

The knot in Beezus' thread pulled through the material of her pot holder, and she gave up trying to conceal it as she would a secret and tied a bigger knot. Finally, tired of trying to keep her feet out of Ramona's way, she put clown her embroidery. "All right, Ramona," she said. "If I read about Scoopy, will you stop riding your tricycle around the living room and making so much noise?"

"Yes," said Ramona, and climbed off her tricycle. She ran into the bedroom she shared with Beezus and returned with a battered, dog-eared, sticky book, which she handed to Beezus. Then she climbed into the big chair beside Beezus and Waited expectantly.

Reflecting that Ramona always managed to get her own way, Beezus gingerly took the book and looked at it with a feeling of great dislike. It was called The Littlest Steam Shovel. On the cover was a picture of a steam shovel with big tears coming out of its eyes. How could a steam shovel have eyes, Beezus thought and, scarcely looking at the words, began for what seemed like the hundredth or maybe the thousandth time, "Once there was a little steam shovel named Scoopy. One day Scoopy said, 'I do not want to be a steam shovel. I want to be a bulldozer.'"

"You skipped," interrupted Ramona.

"No, I didn't," said Beezus.

"Yes you did,"insisted Ramona. "You're supposed to say, 'I want to be a big bulldozer.'"

"Oh, all right," said Beezus crossly. "'I want to be a big bulldozer.'"

Ramona smiled contentedly and Beezus continued reading. "'G-r-r-r,' said Scoopy, doing his best to sound like a bulldozer."

Beezus read on through Scoopy's failure to be a bulldozer. She read about Scoopy's wanting to be a trolley bus ("Beep-beep," honked Ramona), a locomotive ("A-hooey, a-hooey," wailed Ramona), and a pile driver ("Clunk! Clunk!" shouted Ramona). Beezus was glad when she finally reached the end of the story and Scoopy learned it was best for little steam shovels to be steam shovels. "There!" she said with relief, and closed the book. She always felt foolish trying to make noises like machinery.

Beezus and Ramona. Copyright © by Beverly Cleary. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet 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.

Jaqueline Rogers has been a professional children's book illustrator for more than twenty years and has worked on nearly one hundred children's books.

Brief Biography

Carmel, California
Date of Birth:
April 12, 1916
Place of Birth:
McMinnville, Oregon
B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1938; B.A. in librarianship, University of Washington (Seattle), 1939

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Beezus and Ramona 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 269 reviews.
Asher Berwick More than 1 year ago
This book is a skilled and life like book about two sisters. The older sister named beezus is really annoyed and exasperated, by her her little sister ramona who is who beezus says she is just plain awful! And how she says she doesn't love her some- Times. So basicall this book saying how they get along and goes on between exasperating ramona and bezzus. I reccomend this book to a lot of people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is a funny book about 2 sisters who have alot of fights.
JennGrrl More than 1 year ago
This book is still just as fun as I remember from when I was a kid. I read it for a reading club as a challenge book, and I'm glad I did. It's been over 20 years since I last read it, and now I'm going to grab the collection for my kids. I know they'd have a great time with them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think all bevery clary books are good
Prudence Santos More than 1 year ago
This is a great book I could not even put it down. It had a great supence. I hope you get to read it!
twilight18 More than 1 year ago
I wanted to let people know that there is a movie coming out Ramona and Beezus starring Selena Gomez from Wizards of Waverly Place as Beezus and Joey King as Ramona. I have read some of Beverly Cleary when I was younger and loved them. But I am going to see this movie and I can't wait!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish the entire sky full of stars were available to rate these books! I have read every Ramona book there is! I am 22 years old now, and although I read these books from kindergarten throughout grade school I still remember all of Ramona's adventures from all of Beverly Cleary's books about her. I still remember Ramona getting sick at school and feeling bad because the teacher calls her a nuisance; her doll she named 'Chevrolet' because she thought it was a pretty name; 'Picky-picky' the Quimby cat; Henry's dog getting locked in the bathroom; Ramona biting into about a hundred apples one time each because the first bite is the best; I could go on forever!! I wish I could thank Beverly Cleary for changing my life through her books and helping me to become such a fan of reading, and for helping me become the person that I am. Every parent should have their kids read Cleary's work. As a child, I could identify with Ramona and many other characters in the various books about her. These stories, while written quite a while back still hold up well today! If parents are looking for suitable reading material for their young children that they will enjoy as well, they should get all of the 'Ramona' books!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beezus biggest problem is her little sister Ramona the big pest. Beezus tries to love her but someway or another she gets furius. When she hears her mother and her aunt telling old stories she find out that she doesn't have to love Her sister.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like it because I can understand how Beezus feels, having an annoying sister like Ramona. It's a good thing she puts up with it, because I think she really loves Ramona deep down inside, and anyway, Beezus can't move out! My favorite part is when Ramona invites her friends over for a party and her mom doesn't know. I also liked it when she locked the dog in the bathroom, although I got a little scared reading it. I think this book would be recommended for children ages 6 to 10, with little brothers or sisters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it so...If you do not like the book get lost or jump off a cliff into a river of bull sharks and shut up you will need $ for the bandijis " I spelled that wrong"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Its okay. I really liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the way Beazus is always on top of it and Ramona is the total opposite even though she thinks she is always. I wonder what Ramona will be like when she grows up?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A all in all good book for children ten and under.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good goney babe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for kids im a kid but its very good. Also its good for people who have little sister or brother. Im giving it 4 stars because it just got boring at one part (chapter 3). Also read one direction books thay are moving they mack u feel brave that just what i think about one direction book if u dont like one direction dont read the books. Sorry i know this is not a 1D book but i love thrm so much! That all bye now ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The funniest book you are very tlented beverly clearly love barbara
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big sister
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this for my 11 year old son alexander but he still loved he said even though im eleven i still love simple books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love beverly clearys books! I bought this book and it was a great story of ramona and beezus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beverly cleary is a good author