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Ramona the Pest

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Beverly Cleary

Ramona Quimby can't wait to get to kindergarten, but when she arrives she finds it incredibly confusing. The teacher tells her to sit in her seat "for the present," but the present never comes. During recess, she finds herself stuck on a bench … see full wiki

Author: Beverly Cleary
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Bt Bound
Date Published: October 01, 1999
1 review about Ramona the Pest

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  • Jul 1, 2011
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+4
Among all of Cleary's books, this one may be the most dear. The mischievous titular protagonist is surely the author's most beloved character, and she serves as a vessel for Cleary's uncanny comprehension of juvenile experiences and perceptions. Ramona's joys, adventures and trials are not merely the stuff of fiction; any child or adult who retains a clear memory of childhood will be able to relate to them. Inceptive conflicts with peers, tumultuous relations with authority figures and that first loose tooth are all explored, and both the significant and trivial experiences that Ramona endures all seem as genuine as reality. Many of Cleary's other principal characters figure prominently in the story's proceedings: schoolboy Henry Huggins and his adventuresome dog, Ribsy, older sister Beezus and Ramona's patient parents. But the focus on the sometimes bratty, well-meaning kindergarten-age child and her exploits is what drives the narrative of this book, and has preserved it far better than many of Cleary's other older titles. Over four decades after its initial publication, this is still as charming and relevant as it ever was.

As in all of his collaborations with Cleary, Louis Darling's numerous illustrations for this book are excellent. Every black-and-white image is rendered with vigorous flair, perfectly portraying the childish excitement and humor of Ramona's world.

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