Ramona the Pest

by Beverly Cleary

Other authorsJacqueline Rogers (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2013

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HarperCollins (2013), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages


Ramona meets lots of interesting people in kindergarten class, like Davy whom she keeps trying to kiss and Susan whose springy curls seem to ask to be pulled.

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LibraryThing member eadavis83
This book is great for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books. This book is a good book to keep in the classroom for the children to read at any time. I believe that the children will love this book. This is a very humorous book that will keep the children laughing. This book is
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a very easy book for the children to read.
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LibraryThing member MsLangdon
Part A/Classic

Cleary, B. (1968). Ramona the pest. New York: Harper Collins.

Pest—Ramona Quimby doesn’t think so. She is the youngest in her family and the youngest on her block, which makes it easy for everyone around to think that she is a pest. Ramona is starting school and will do anything to
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prove that she is not a “kindergarten baby,” while also trying to impress and win the heart of her teacher, Miss Binney. Always with good intentions, Ramona finds herself in sticky situations. Detailed illustrations throughout the chapters enhance the various parts of the story.

Young readers will laugh out loud as they read Ramona the Pest. Children and adults alike can relate to Cleary’s depiction of Ramona, either because they know a five-year-old just like her, or they are a “Ramona.”

Another book from this decade is Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh.
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LibraryThing member inglesby
When I was younger, Beverly Cleary was one of my favorite authors. I read almost all of her books in middle school. This book is about Ramona's first day at Kindergarten and how she wants to learn all the important things. Ramona loves her teacher and the teacher loves her. Great book to read!
LibraryThing member justine87
Loved this book. It got me into the whole Ramona series.
LibraryThing member francescadefreitas
The entire time I spent reading this book, I felt like I was five. Ms. Cleary captures the essence of Ramona so strongly that I felt like I was seeing through her eyes. My outer adult was entirely silenced, and oh how I wanted that ribbon and those red boots.
I'd give this to a child looking for
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funny easy fiction, or for a parent looking for a read aloud. This would be especially great to share with someone just about to start kindergarten - the chapters are short an self-contained enough to be read one by one.
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LibraryThing member christivance
Although this book is called, Ramona the Pest, I don't believe she was actually being a pest at all. Ramona is your typical, "I am so excited to be in Kindergarten" girl who is curious and wants to please. Ramona goes through many emotional and troublesome times during her 1st year in school but
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she also enjoys herself and entertains the reader at the same time. It brought me right back to those early school years when I, too, just wanted to be noticed. Ramona made me smile and laugh until the very end.
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LibraryThing member BrennaSheridan
Ramona is finally old enough to go to Kindergarten... the day she has been dreaming of forever! This gives her a whole new grown up perspective on life, but not without some struggle. Between her relationship with her sister Beezus, her friend Howie, and class bully Susan, she finds she has a lot
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left to learn!
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LibraryThing member elliotmccarthy
I read the book Ramona the Pest. I chose it because Ramona was going to school just like I am in the fall. I am five years old, and I'm going to kindergarten. My favorite parts of this book were when Miss Binney sent the package to Ramona that had her missing tooth and when Ramona lost her tooth
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right when they were studying the letter T. It made me really nervous when Miss Binney kicked her out of school. I was worried that she was never going to go back.

Overall, I think the book is fantastic because it's four stars because guess what? I really like it.

I'm going to get the next Ramona book to read soon.

--Elliot, age 5
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LibraryThing member conuly
Beverly Cleary has a real gift. Although her books span a period of decades, they all read as though they were written today. There's a few odd details in some of them, but mostly they rely on good storytelling and... well, very real-seeming children.

This is the story of Ramona's kindergarten year.
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It can be hard to find chapter books that are worth reading to kindergarteners, but this is it - Ramona actually seems like an actual child who is actually, really, truly in kindergarten! When she's told to "sit here for the present" she does, waiting for her present. When she struggles to refrain from pulling perfect Susan's curly "boingy" hair, you can feel how hard it is. And it's easy for all small children to understand why Susan's trying to act like a grown-up is annoying for Ramona.

I would really suggest this as a first read-aloud chapter book for a young kid.
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LibraryThing member lppeters
This is a cute story about a little girl going into the kindergarten. I chose to read this book because my focus student for Holt is on a very low reading level and I was trying to find books that would be an easy read for him. I think this book would be a good level and would be a fun read for him
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because it is entertaining for students to read about disruptive students.
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LibraryThing member stamp007
Ramona is starting Kindergartion this year. She meets friends and the love of her life. She has quite a year and many ideas about what should happen.
LibraryThing member coresonk
I so very much love these books. I hadn't read them since I was a child, and decided to revisit this one for class. When I was little, my teachers called my sister and I Beezus and Ramona. I was Ramona, in every way! She is such a delight and her story is both fun and sometimes serious. This is a
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great first chapter book, and a good introduction to realistic fiction.
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LibraryThing member mdkladke
This was one of my favorite books when I was younger. Beverly Clearly has always been one of my favorite authors as well. Ramona was so excited about starting school and I really don't think she was being a pest at all in this book. She loved school and just wanted to have fun while she was there.
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Very good book to read to children and I will read it in one of my read alouds.
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LibraryThing member DBPeeples
This book is about Ramona and her first day of school in Kindergarden. When she walks in, her teacher, Miss. Binney, tells her to have a seat and she thinks she is going to get a present. Time passes and Ramona realizes that she is not getting a present and decides to act up. She pulls another
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student's hair and is sent home. She does not return for a long time until her teacher sends her something in the mail.
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LibraryThing member kdangleis
Cleary, Beverly. Ramon the Pest. Reillustrated edition, 2006. New York, NY. Harper Collins. (1968). Ramona the Pest is a delightful story of Ramona's first few months as kindergartner. This book will be enjoyed by the future kindergartner, as well as 5 to 8 years old children. Ramona's quest to be
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loved by her teacher, Miss Binney, brings laugh-out- loud moments to even the adult reader. The book is filled with firsts: first day of kindergarten, first time walking to school by herself, first time having a substitute teacher, first time losing a tooth, and the first time getting kicked out of class. Cleary handles each of Ramona's firsts with a sense of humor, allowing readers to connect their potential firsts with Ramona's character. Miss Binney empowers Ramona to believe in herself, without indulging or feeding in to Ramona's pest-like behavior. Being stuck in a mud hole and rescued by Henry the crossing guard, pulling the hair of her classmate, Susan, and being unrecognizable in her witch's mask, Ramona finds herself in predicaments that result in the growth of her character. Cleary's use of humor in each situation is impressive to all who read this book. It's a reminder to all to find the humor in any situation, no matter how scary it can be. Another book from the same decade is Konigsburg, E. L. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Atheneum, 1967.
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LibraryThing member Purr4kitty2003
Ramona the Pest is about Ramona Quimby and her experience in Kindergarten. Ramona is a spunky little imp of five, who feels very grownup, now that she is in kindergarten. She loves her teacher, Miss Binney. She likes to sing the “dawnzer” song. She enjoys writing her name and making he “Q”
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into a kitty. She has fun showing off her doll, Chevrolet, in Show and Tell. She enjoys seatwork, circling and crossing things out.

Ramona is a riot of a character. She rides around on a two wheel tricycle (having removed one of the wheels and leaning just so); chases little Davy around trying to kiss him; has crisis after crisis, from not being known in the Halloween parade in her mask to losing her new red rain boots in the mud. She “boings” Susan’s curls. She is ultimately thrown out of kindergarten for this infraction of hair pulling.

Ramona is a pest, but she is lovable and hilariously funny at the same time. One can not help but love this character. Cleary has done it again in this installment of the series. Anyone from five to fifty will love this book. Four Stars.
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LibraryThing member dg_turner
Ramona is so happy to finally be in Kindergarten. She loves her teacher Ms. Binney. This book covers all the trials of a kindergartner from losing a tooth in class to not getting along with the other kids. Ramona gets sent home from school because she can't and won't stop "boinging" the curls of
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one of her classmates. This is an entertaining and fun book with lots of humor for kids.
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LibraryThing member btivis
The first day of Kindergarten may be the maost exciting day of Ramona's life. For years she has sat watching Beezus go to school and tell of all the fun things that go on there. Now her day has finally come. She loves her class and her teacher, but she hates the fact she is so misunderstood. She
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finds herself in trouble on a regular basis, but if people would just ask her, she has a perfectly good explanation for what she did. After her teacher tells her not to come back to Kindergarten until she is ready to behave, her life just isn't the same. After receiving a letter from her teacher, she decides things must not be too bad and decides to go back to school.
I loved this book. I think Bevery Cleary does a wonderful job writing from a child's point of view.
I think this a good book to share with your students about the importance of communication, and that there are two sides to every problem.
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LibraryThing member jakdomin
“Ramona the Pest” is unique as it showcases the life of a trouble making kindergartner girl. Ramona never tires to cause trouble, but her unique quirks often made her seem like a bad girl. Makes the reader think back to when they were first starting school and how life was so simple and silly.
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Could be a good tool for older children to understand why their little siblings act the way they do. Great book to introduce a significant amount of dialogue for a beginning reader.
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LibraryThing member fotenosfamily
Ramona the pest is a book about a person named Ramona being a rascal. One time she didn't want to go to school because there was a new teacher so she hid behind the trashcan for the whole day. One day she wanted to play in the mud and her boots got stuck in the mood. Here's what I liked about the
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book: I like the part when she was silly when she was a rascal because when she was silly she laughed and I like laughing. I didn't like when she was a witch at Halloween because she was very sad because she thought her mom would not know who she was. by Noah Fotenos on Nov 2010, age 6.
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LibraryThing member mcelhra
In Ramona the Pest, Ramona starts kindergarten. She loves school and her teacher but still manages to get herself in quite a bit of trouble.

Beverly Cleary gets little kids. There is a scene where Ramona is throwing a tantrum in her room in which Ms. Cleary does a wonderful job of explaining the
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(irrational) thought process that is going on in Ramona’s mind during the tantrum. I think little kids will find comfort in knowing that they are not the only ones who feel out of control at times. She also understands that children can be very literal and this often leads to misunderstandings and embarrassment for them. This whole book serves to help young readers know that they are not the only ones overwhelmed by the world and new experiences.

My six year old son and I loved this book and we’re looking forward to the next Ramona book in the series.
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LibraryThing member jaimefabey
Ramona the pest tells about the lively and sometimes unruly Ramona Quimby. Ramona is over the moon to start Kindergarten and be a big kid. She has her own way of looking at things and holds very firm to her opinions and likes.
LibraryThing member weeksie50
Ramona Quimby has started kindergarten and is learning new things each day. Ramona is not only learning how to write her name but is learning life lessons. She is also making new friends.
Ramona's reactions to her teacher and peers are so funny.

I loved this book as a child and still love it
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I would use this book as a read aloud because it would make students interested in reading more of the ramona books.

It's a classic :)
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LibraryThing member mmuncy
Ramona the Pest is a Sequoyah Award Winner by Beverly Cleary. Ramona is starting kindergarten. She is very excited that she is finally starting school. Ramona and her mother walk to school with Howie, a boy in Ramona’s class, and his mother and baby sister. Ramona and Howie are eventually trusted
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enough to walk to school alone. Ramona loves her new teacher Ms. Binney. Any time Ms. Binney scolds Ramona, Ramona is sure Ms. Binney no longer loves her. Throughout the book, Ramona has her first Halloween parade while in school, she learns to write her name, she loses her first tooth, and she becomes a kindergarten drop out. Susan, a girl in Ramona’s class, has very long curly hair and one day Ramona can’t help but pull it so that she can watch it “boing”. Ms. Binney tells her not to do it again and then when she does Ms. Binney asks her if she can stop pulling her hair and Ramona tells her no. Ms. Binney then tells her that she will have to stay home until she can control herself and leave Susan’s hair alone. Ramona stays home for several days and becomes a “dropout.” The book ends after Ramona receives a letter from Ms. Binney and she decides to go back to school.
This was a really cute book. Ramona reminds me very much of my four year old who started Head Start this year.
If I read this with a class I would have them share some of their own memories from kindergarten. If they had younger siblings I would also ask them to share memories of the siblings kindergarten days.
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LibraryThing member lpeal
This is the story about a girl named Ramona Quimby, who is going off to Kindergarten. She goes through show and tell, recess and all the nomral things. One day a sub comes and she does not like her. SHe hides behind a trash can and eventaully gets caught. Then she wants to drop out of school. This
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is a hilarious book that kids will love. This also has other books in the series about Ramona. Great book for reading to a class when their is someone who always gets into trouble :) or just for a funny book to any class!!
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