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Ramona the Pest

Ramona the Pest

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by Beverly Cleary, Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator), Louis Darling (Illustrator)

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Ramona Quimby is excited to start kindergarten. No longer does she have to watch her older sister, Beezus, ride the bus to school with all the big kids. She's finally old enough to do it too!

Then she gets into trouble for pulling her classmate's boingy curls during recess. Even worse, her crush rejects her in front of everyone. Beezus says


Ramona Quimby is excited to start kindergarten. No longer does she have to watch her older sister, Beezus, ride the bus to school with all the big kids. She's finally old enough to do it too!

Then she gets into trouble for pulling her classmate's boingy curls during recess. Even worse, her crush rejects her in front of everyone. Beezus says Ramona needs to quit being a pest, but how can she stop if she never was trying to be one in the first place?

Newbery Medal winning author Beverly Cleary expertly depicts the trials and triumphs of growing up through a relatable heroine in Ramona Quimby.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joan Elste
Poor Miss Binny has her hands full with a class of curious kindergarten children starting their first day of school in Beverly Cleary's reillustrated, Harper Trophy edition chapter book. Ramona cannot control her emotions for what she feels is the most exciting day of her life. She would finally catch up with her sister Beezus on learning everything there is to know. When Miss Binny leads her to one of the classroom tables and tells her to, "sit here for the present" the fun begins. Ramona mistakenly believes she has been singled out to receive a present from her teacher. When she refuses to leave her seat in class for anything because she is expecting the present at any moment, Miss Binny has to explain the situation to her. And this is only the beginning, as Ramona weaves her way into the reader's heart. One of the problems I had with this story was that since it was first published, the times have changed drastically. Ramona and her friend Howie are encouraged to walk to school unsupervised, which also includes crossing a street by themselves. As popular and charming as the Ramona books are, this was a bother to me.

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Ramona Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
7.92(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.53(d)
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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.

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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Ramona the Pest 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 179 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