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  Ramona the Pest (Paperback) 

Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby Series)

Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Humorous Stories, Realistic Fiction; Book Theme: School life

"Ramona the Pest" by Beverly Cleary is a very funny chapter book about Ramona Quimby's kindergarten experience. The tale about Ramona starts with her first day of kindergarten, the greatest day of her life. Ramona loves her school and her teacher, Miss Binney, but somehow Ramona gets into a lot of trouble. Author Beverly Cleary is very good at seeing things through the eyes of children. She has created a very realistic and memorable character in Ramona. Children grade 2 and up can look back to their kindergarten year and enjoy this humorous story. "Ramona the Pest" is one of the best children's books for reading aloud.

  Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Paperback) 

Ramona Quimby, Age 8

Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Themes: Family, School life

"Ramona Quimby, Age 8" by Beverly Cleary is a Newbery Honor award-winning funny but realistic fiction story. The main character of the chapter book is Ramona Quimby, who at age 8 is entering third grade. Changes are happening to her family. Money is tight, as Mr. Quimby returns to college to get a teaching degree and become an art teacher. With Mrs. Quimby working at a doctor's office, Ramona has to go to Howie's house after school. Ramona tries very hard to be nice to Howie's little sister Willa Jean, but Willa's grandma always blames Ramona when Willa makes a little fuss. Despite its quarrels and problems, the Quimby family sticks together. Life at school has its ups and downs too. Ramona is pretty upset when the egg she cracks on her head following a school fad is raw and not hard-boiled. Ramona is shocked to overhear her teacher, Mrs. Whaley, call her a show-off and a nuisance. Later on when they clear their misunderstanding, Ramona feels better about school. Many young readers can identify with Ramona Quimby, a lovable and believable character. "Ramona Quimby, Age 8" is a great book for children in third grade through sixth grade.