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Ramona and Her Father

Ramona and Her Father

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by Beverly Cleary

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Ramona just wants everyone to be happy. If only her father would smile and joke again, her mother would look less worried, her sister would be cheerful, and Picky-picky would eat his cat-food. But Ramona's father has lost his job, and nobody in the Quimby household is in a very good mood.

Ramona tries to cheer up the family as only Ramona can — by rehearsing


Ramona just wants everyone to be happy. If only her father would smile and joke again, her mother would look less worried, her sister would be cheerful, and Picky-picky would eat his cat-food. But Ramona's father has lost his job, and nobody in the Quimby household is in a very good mood.

Ramona tries to cheer up the family as only Ramona can — by rehearsing for life as a rich and famous star of television commercials, for instance — but her best efforts only make things worse. Her sister, Beezus, calls her a, pest, her parents lose patience with her, and her teacher claims she's forgotten her- manners. But when her father admits he wouldn't trade her for a million dollars, Ramona knows everything is going to work out fine in the end.

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Author Beverly Cleary's book is only one title in a series about a girl named Ramona. This book was first published in the seventies but is now a re-illustrated Harper Trophy edition. Ramona's adventures have been many, but in this book, Ramona tries to come to her father's aid when he loses his job. One day Ramona decides that maybe she can make a million dollars by making a TV commercial. She practices by dressing up and placing a crown on her hair. But her hair becomes entangled in the crown and her dad has to cut her hair. Ramona tells her dad she wants money for him, but dad tells her he would not trade her for a million dollars. That makes Ramona feel good. Ramona is also worrying about something else. Her dad smokes and she wants him to quit. She tapes a picture of a cigarette on the refrigerator and crosses it out with a big black X. Under it she prints in big letters BAD. She is definitely on a campaign to get her father to quiet smoking. One day, Ramona takes her father's cigarettes and throws them in the garbage. Mr. Quimby is not happy about this, but he tries not to smoke. Ramona's father has lots of time on his hands now that he is out of a job, and he and Ramona are spending more time together and not always getting along. But even when Ramona is acting like a brat, her father loves her. When Ramona becomes annoyed with her dad, she makes sure he knows she loves him. Beverly Cleary's books are always funny and insightful. Black-and-white illustrations are included.

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Troll Communications L.L.C.
Publication date:
Ramona Series , #4
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Chapter One


"Ye-e-ep!" sang Ramona Quimby one warm September afternoon, as she knelt on a chair at the kitchen table to make out her Christmas list. She had enjoyed a good day in second grade, and she looked forward to working on her list. For Ramona a Christmas list was a list of presents she hoped to receive, not presents she planned to give. "Ye-e-ep!" she sang again.

"Thank goodness today is payday," remarked Mrs. Quimby, as she opened the refrigerator to see what she could find for supper.

"Ye-e-ep!" sang Ramona, as she printed mice or ginny pig on her list with purple crayon. Next to Christmas and her birthday, her father's payday was her favorite day. His payday meant treats. Her mother's payday from her part-time job in a doctor's office meant they could make payments on the bedroom the Quimbys had added to their house when Ramona was in first grade.

"What's all this yeeping about?" asked Mrs. Quimby.

"I'm making a joyful noise until the Lord like they say in Sunday school," Ramona explained. "Only they don't tell us what the joyful noise sounds like so I made up my own." Hooray and wow, joyful noises to Ramona, had not sounded right, so she had settled on yeep because it sounded happy but not rowdy. "Isn't that all right?" she asked, as she began to add myna bird that talks to her list.

"Yeep is fine if that's the way you feel about it," reassured Mrs. Quimby.

Ramona printed coocoo clock on her list while she wondered what the treat would be this payday. Maybe, since this was Friday, they could all go to a movie if her parents could find one suitable. Both Ramona and her big sister,Beezus, christened Beatrice, wondered what went on in all those other movies. They planned to find out the minute they were grown-up. That was one thing they agreed on. Or maybe their father would bring presents, a package of colored paper for Ramona, a paperback book for Beezus.

I wish I could think of something interesting to do with leftover pot roast and creamed cauliflower," remarked Mrs. Quimby.

Leftovers--yuck!, thought Ramona. "Maybe Daddy will take us to the Whopperburger for supper for payday," she said. A soft, juicy hamburger spiced with relish, French fries crisp on the outside and mealy inside, a little paper cup of cole slaw at the Whopperburger Restaurant were Ramona's favorite payday treat. Eating close together in a booth made Ramona feel snug and cozy. She and Beezus never quarreled at the Whopperburger.

"Good idea." Mrs. Quimby closed the refrigerator door. "I'll see what I can do."

Then Beezus came into the kitchen through the back door, dropped her books on the table, and flopped down on a chair with a gusty sigh.

"What was that all about?" asked Mrs. Quimby, not at all worried.

"Nobody is any fun anymore," complained Beezus. "Henry spends all his time running around the track over at the high school getting ready for the Olympics in eight or twelve years, or he and Robert study a book of world records trying to find a record to break, and Mary Jane practices the piano all the time." Beezus sighed again. "And Mrs. Mester says we are going to do lots of creative writing, and I hate creative writing. I don't see why I had to get Mrs. Mester for seventh grade anyway."

"Creative writing can't be as bad as all that," said Mrs. Quimby.

"You just, don't understand," complained Beezus. "I can never think of stories, and my poems are stuff like, 'See the bird in the tree. He is singing to me.'"

"Tee-hee, tee-hee," added Ramona without thinking.

"Ramona," said Mrs. Quimby, "that was not necessary.

Because Beezus had been so grouchy lately, Ramona could manage to be only medium sorry.

"Pest!" said Beezus. Noticing Ramona's work, she added , Making out a Christmas list in September is silly."

Ramona calmly selected an orange crayon. She was used to being called a pest. "If I am a pest, you are a rotten dinosaur egg," she informed her sister.

"Mother, make her stop," said Beezus.

When Beezus said this, Ramona knew she had won. The time had come to change the subject. "Today's payday," she told her sister. "Maybe we'll get to go to the Whopperburger for supper."

Ramona and Her Father. 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a fun-filled book for kids and adults. Who ever reads it is sure to fall of the couch laughing.
the1stdaughter More than 1 year ago
"To start off I need to just say, I'm a huge fan of Beverly Cleary. Her book, Socks was the book that started my reading journey when I was very little. Somehow Cleary manages to capture the heart and mind of whomever she is speaking for in her characters. It's truly astounding! This, I feel, is exactly why in her years of writing she has accumulated numerous awards (Newbery, Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in '84, and many more) and a devoted following of all ages. Cleary also participates in National Drop Everything And Read Day on April 12th, which also happens to be her birthday. She encourages reading every day, but this event is focused on getting individuals and families to take time and sit down to read together. An amazing author with wonderful books and an ability to reach readers of all ages! "Now, on to Ramona and Her Father...It was awarded the Newbery Honor in 1978, which also happens to be the year I was born, but I guess that's besides the point. Even with the book being originally printed in 1978 I found it highly relevant for today's audience, especially considering our current economic climate. In the very beginning of the book Ramona's father loses his job, unfortunately something many families are dealing with now. The story consists of Ramona's reaction to all that occurs because of this dramatic event in her families life. Ramona goes from trying to make a million dollars, to just trying to make everyone in her family happy, to trying to help her father quit smoking, and eventually just trying to keep a positive attitude herself. "What I most loved about the story was how well it was told from the perspective of an eight year old. As a parent sometimes it can be difficult to step outside of yourself and actually truly see how your child might feel about something. Cleary understands how the impact of the main 'bread-winner' losing their job could affect even the youngest member of a family. It opened my eyes to all sorts of situations and points of view. Ramona was kind and concerned for everyone in the family, but obviously still had very 'typical' child-like moments. A very well written and playful story told from the viewpoint of an eight year old. A must read, especially in these difficult times."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Thank goodness today is payday," said mrs.quimby or so she thought little did she relize when her husband came home he would have no job. Ramona lost all hope of ever going to the whooper burger crushed. She wanted to be on a commercial ever since her father lost his job. I think this was a great book my favorite chapter was the last one. If you want to find out more about this book? Read it Like this book? give it a five star review or like it on facebook Dont have enough money? go to the library Library dosent carry it? ask a friend Still cant find the book? save up some money a buy it Like this review? Hit yes This revieiw was posted by , Cant get along without my Ramona
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book my teacher read it to me and it was cool. It was sad but just wait to see what happens. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for my 3rd grade book report and I thought it was really good. Ramona's family was having a lot of money problems and her dad lost his job. He was not happy or in a good mood. Ramona worked very hard to have a happy family. I think people should read this book because it is a good book for everyone. The main character, Ramona, is very warmhearted and funny. All she wanted was for her family to be happy. While I was reading I felt like I would want to be friends with Ramona. I think having a playdate after school at her house would be fun. She seems to have a fun personality and can be adventurous. The one part I did not like was when Ramona's dad, Mr. Quimby, was upset with Ramona and Beezus when they put paper rolls in his cigarette box and wrote, "Smoking is bad." Overall, I think this book is really well-written and has a sincere and funny main character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!it is awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book ramona quimby goes on a wonderfull, yet halrious adventure! Emory
NaomiCamacho More than 1 year ago
Growing up, I always loved Beverly Cleary's Ramona books. They are written from the point of view of a child, dealing with problems most of us had at one time or another. This book is an awesome one to read considering the times and this tough economy. In the text, Ramona speaks of how her father loses her job because he gets laid off and the things she would like to do to help out her family. Through this comedic tale, we are reminded of what family is all about. It isn't about money, things, or extravagant places we can go, it's about the people around us, the moments we share and the things we're willing to go through to stick together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! It was so sweet seeing how strong ramona's conetchen betwen her and her father!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 1978 Newbery Honor book ¿Ramona and Her Father¿ by Beverly Cleary was published in 1977. Cleary was born in McMinnvillem, Oregon on April 12, 1916. She is one of the most popular authors in America, and she is the author of over 30 books for children and young adults. She earned a degree in librarianship from the University of Washington in Seattle, and became a Children¿s Librarian in Yakima, Washington. She and her husband moved to Oakland, California where they had twins who are now grown. Cleary¿s husband passed away in 2004 and she currently lives in Carmel, California. ¿Ramona and Her Father¿ is about a little girl, Ramona, who just wants her family to be happy. One day Ramona is making her Christmas list early because she was in a ¿ye-e-ep¿ mood, but as the day progressed she finds out that her father lost his job. Ramona knew her family couldn¿t afford the items she had listed, so she crossed them all out. She then ¿studied her crayons, chose a pinky-red one because it seemed the happiest color, and printed one more item on her Christmas list to make up for all she had crossed out,¿ which was ¿one happy family.¿ Things got rough after this horrible news, but Ramona was determined to make her family happy again. She wanted her father to smile and joke again, her mother to not be so sad and worried, her sister to be happy again, and even for her cat to eat his food again. Ramona tries very hard to make her family happy again by rehearsing for life pretending to be a rich and famous star on a television commercial. Her attempts only make things worse, and everyone gets agitated and impatient with her, even her teacher. One day Ramona¿s father admits something to her, something so big that it may make things a lot easier on little Ramona. What do you think it is? You will have to read to find out. This book is wonderful. It is a simple book about a young girl and her family. Children who are going through similar situations could get some comfort from reading this book. The book is fun, amusing, and heartwarming as well. I would recommend this book to others. The age range for this book is 8 to 10 and the reading level is five. Cleary, Beverly. Ramona and Her Father. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1977.
Guest More than 1 year ago
~* Ramona and her father have a really weird relationship. You can tell Ramona likes her father because she doesn't want her father to Die by the effects of Smoking Ciggarettes. Ramona is a very funny little girl and I love her books. Beverly Cleary Thank You, for writing such wondeful books. I dont want them to end. Keep on writing Ramona. You have a great Imagination~*
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Ramona and Her Father' is a great book. It not only was fun to read, but it tells about what may happen in real life and how a girl tackles the problem. It is a touching story about a little girl who wants to find her father a job and to help him to stop smoking. I recommend this book to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, I like all Beverly Cleary books. There great, I think I read em' all. Also I love Pokemon- Gotta catch em' all!!
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It was a good book wosh i could buy it bit i only have the samples
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is funny , entertaning and sweet.It also teaches you that smoking is bad.That is why you should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi im weatherly i am nine years old
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is funny cute and adictive trust me on this one you Will open up this book and read till the last page... please read It you will love it!!!!!!
ramonaJP More than 1 year ago
this book was so good that it mad me cry it was so so so cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember reading these books and when I was young and today I saw a kid reading Ramona and her father. I got teary eyed. It is a great book!!!!!!!
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Loved it
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