Ramona the Pest

Ramona the Pest


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Ramona is off to kindergarten, and it's the greatest day of her life. So why is she sitting on the bench while the rest of the students play the game gray duck? Laughs and minor upsets abound in an enormously popular story starring the one and only Ramona Quimby!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380709540
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Series: Ramona Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 37,260
Product dimensions: 7.92(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.53(d)
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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.

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.


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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Chapter One

Ramona's Great Day

"I am not a pest," Ramona Quimby told her big sister Beezus.

"Then stop acting like a pest," said Beezus, whose real name was Beatrice. She was standing by the front window waiting for her friend Mary Jane to walk to school with her.

"I'm not acting like a pest. I'm singing and skipping," said Ramona, who had only recently learned to skip with both feet. Ramona did not think she was a pest. No matter what others said, she never thought she was a pest. The people who called her a pest were always bigger and so they could be unfair.

Ramona went on with her singing and skipping. "This is a great day, a great day, a great day!" she sang, and to Ramona, who was feeling grown-up in a dress instead of play clothes, this was a great day, the greatest day of her whole life. No longer would she have to sit on her tricycle watching Beezus and Henry Huggins and the rest of the boys and girls in the neighborhood go off to school. Today she was going to school, too. Today she was going to learn to read and write and do all the things that would help her catch up with Beezus.

"Come on, Mama!" urged Ramona, pausing in her singing and skipping. "We don't want to be late for school."

"Don't pester, Ramona,"' said Mrs. Quimby. "I'll get you there in plenty of time."

"I'm not pestering," protested Ramona, who never meant to pester. She was not a slow poke grownup. She was a girl who could not wait. Life was so interesting she had to find out what happened next.

Then Mary Jane arrived. "Mrs. Quimby, would it be all right if Beezus and I take Ramona to kindergarten?" she asked.

"No!" said Ramona instantly. Mary Jane was one of those girls who always wanted to pretend she was a mother and who always wanted Ramona to be the baby. Nobody was going to catch Ramona being a baby on her first day of school.

"Why not?" Mrs. Quimby asked Ramona. "You could walk to school with Beezus and Mary Jane just like a big girl."

"No, I couldn't." Ramona was not fooled for an instant. Mary Jane would talk in that silly voice she used when she was being a mother and take her by the hand and help her across the street, and everyone would think she really was a baby.

"Please, Ramona," coaxed Beezus. "It would be lots of fun to take you in and introduce you to the kindergarten teacher."

"No!" said Ramona, and stamped her foot. Beezus and Mary Jane might have fun, but she wouldn't. Nobody but a genuine grownup was going to take her to school. If she had to, she would make a great big noisy fuss, and when Ramona made a great big noisy fuss, she usually got her own way. Great big noisy fusses were often necessary when a girl was the youngest member of the family and the youngest person on her block.

"All right, Ramona," said Mrs. Quimby.

"Don't make a great big noisy fuss.If that's the way you feel about it, you don't have to walk with the girls. I'll take you.

"Hurry, Mama," said Ramona happily, as she watched Beezus and Mary Jane go out the door.But when Ramona finally got her mother out of the house, she was disappointed to see one of her mother's friends, Mrs. Kemp, approaching with her son Howie and his little sister Willa Jean, who was riding in a stroller. "Hurry, Mama," urged Ramona, not wanting to wait for the Kemps. Because their mothers were friends, she and Howie were expected to get along with one another.

"Hi, there!" Mrs. Kemp called out, so of course Ramona's mother had to wait.

Howie stared at Ramona. He did not like having to get along with her any more than she liked having to get along with him.

Ramona stared back. Howie was a solid-looking boy with curly blond hair. ("Such a waste on a boy," his mother often remarked.)The legs of his new jeans were turned up, and he was wearing a new shirt with long sleeves.

He did not look the least bit excited about starting kindergarten. That was the trouble with Howie, Ramona felt. He never got excited. Straight-haired Willa Jean, who was interesting to Ramona because she was so sloppy, blew out a mouthful of wet zwieback crumbs and laughed at her cleverness.

"Today my baby leaves me," remarked Mrs. Quimby with a smile, as the little group proceeded down Klickitat Street toward Glenwood School.

Ramona, who enjoyed being her mother's baby, did not enjoy being called her mother's baby, especially in front of Howie.

"They grow up quickly," observed Mrs. Kemp.

Ramona could not understand why grownups always talked about how quickly children grew up. Ramona thought growing up was the slowest thing there was, slower even than waiting for Christmas to come. She had been waiting years just to get to kindergarten, and the last half hour was the slowest part of all.

Reading Group Guide

About The Book:

It is the greatest day of Ramona's life. She is in kindergarten and she loves her teacher, Miss Binney. She likes a little boy named Davy so much she wants to kiss him. She's fascinated by Susan's beautiful reddish brown curls, which bounce like springs when she runs. Ramona is thrilled about all the new things to see.

So how in the world does Ramona get into trouble? Why is she sitting on a bench when the rest of the class is playing Gray Duck? Why does Davy run as fast as he can when Ramona comes near him? And how does Ramona disrupt the whole class during rest time? Well, anyone who knows Ramona knows that she is never a pest on purpose.

Discussion Questions:

  1. There are often misunderstandings between Ramona and the rest of the world. Sometimes the misunderstandings have to do with words or expressions that adults use; sometimes other people, including other kids, just don't see things the same way Ramona does. What examples of this do you remember from the book? Can you understand Ramona's point of view?
  2. Are Ramona and Howie friends? Ramona and Davy? Ramona and Susan? Why or why not?
  3. Ramona didn't like her first day of kindergarten as much as she had thought she would. Do you remember your first day of school? Was it better or worse than you had imagined it would be?
  4. Ramona had learned in nursery school that sharing meant that "she had to share something of her own that she did not want to share or she had to share something that belonged to someone else that she did not want to share either." When the mothers decide that Ramona and Howie should share the red ribbon the teacher putson Howie's stuffed rabbit, is this a good solution? How do Ramona and Howie resolve the conflict themselves and come to like each other better in the process?
  5. Why does Ramona wear her worm "engagement ring" on the days her mother makes her wear Howie's old rainboots? Has your mother ever made you wear something you didn't want to wear to school? What was your reaction—A Great Big Noisy Fuss?
  6. Does Ramona remind you of someone you know? Is Ramona a pest? Why or why not?
  7. Why does Ramona start to feel a little strange while wearing her Halloween costume? How does she finally solve the problem?
  8. While she loves her teacher, Miss Binney, Ramona briefly becomes a kindergarten dropout. Do you remember why? How does she like staying home from school every day?

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Ramona the Pest 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 196 reviews.
Sarah Mitchell More than 1 year ago
I could often be found with a 'Ramona' book as a young child. Having a young daughter of my own now, I am anxious to share all of Ramona's adventures with her. I highly recommend this series to both the young and old alike!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember reading these Ramona as a young child and when I came across them on my nook, I decided to reread them. I loved them a second time! These are great books, for all ages! Worth the money! (:
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book and thought that it was one of the funniest books that i have ever read!! i loved it when thought that Miss. Binney was going to give her a present. Ramona i really advise anyone that reads this to read Ramona the Pest and you will knock your socks off with so much laugther!!!!!
Mayra Sylvestri More than 1 year ago
It is an awesome book . You sould buy it because, it is so interesting. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down! When Ramona gets in truble everyone calls her a pest! Thats not even the best part. In the book Ramona also starts kindergarten. Ramona loves her new kindergarten teacher Miss Binney. She always wanted to go to kindergarten because she sawl her older sister go and thot it would be fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorites!! Wish every child would read this. It's a fun and brought back many memories of my own kindergarten days :' Oh Ramona.... your stories all hold a very special place in my heart. A must read!!! Enjoy with your child, nieces, nephews or grandchildren but please do pass the stories on...They will love you for it =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is increadibly funny. I loved it so much because it reminded me a lot of myself when I was a child. To all young readers out there searching for a good fiction/comedy book, I recomend all Beverly Cleary books
GwenluvsJKS More than 1 year ago
My 9 year old did not always enjoy reading the 30 minutes a day her school requires, until I gave her Beezus and Ramona, and now Ramona the Pest on my Nook. Beverly Cleary is timeless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book i recomend it to everyone if you like funny books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can never go wrong with Romona the pest. I loved this book as i was growing up and many of the crazy thimgs she got into. Great book. If you havent read it i strongly sugest that you dive into it and go on her crazy wonderful adventures im sure you'll love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it. It is funny and exciting. Ramona is a funny girl. She reminds me so much of my dsister so i just got to love her
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Ramona because every kid can relate to her. She means well, but is misunderstood. She tries to be good, but can't compete with her perfect older sister, Beezus. I love all the Ramona books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Ramona books are so funny,creative, and funny!My sister also loves to read them,and if she were here,she would rate it a million stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just turned nine yesterday and i can not put these books down!!!!!!!!!! I absalutly think we should have a world celabration for the writrr of this book!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Ramona the Pest" is one of the #1 books that is interesting, entertaining, and exciting by Beverly Clearly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the rsmona books. Ramona the pest is a great one. She reminds me of one of my friendsvwhen she did the exact same thing as Ramona! At school she chased a boy around, pinned him to the ground, and kissed him. That was in kindergarten
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im an 11 year old and i love this book!!!!!
justina cox More than 1 year ago
cutest book ever get it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 7 years old and I have two Ramona books, Ramona the Pest and Ramona and her Mother. I love them both. The books are really funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read all of the Ramona Quimby books when i was a kid age 7 or 8 now im 29 and i am buying these books for my daughters.. beverly cleary great author
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary. I think this book was really good. The stroy mainly takes place at Ramona's school. Ramona is finally old enough to go to school. She becomes a big fan of Mrs. Benny, her kindergarden teacher. Ramona loves Mrs. Benny. She looks forward to going to school just so that she can see Mrs. Benny, and try to kiss Davy!!! Ramona likes him, but i dont think that he has come to the stage where he wants to have anything to do with girls yet. Ramona thinks that school is the best thing that can ever happen. She is so excited because she can finally walk to school, and she can finally do the things that the 'big' kids do. I think that this was a really good book, and I give the story five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother read this book to me so many times, and I loved it. Now I'm in the 4th grade and I'm reading it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book aloud to my son in third grade, now in fifth he is reading the series for enjoyment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is extrodinary! This is an AWSOME book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was funny and a good book overall