Ramona the Pest

Ramona the Pest

Streaming Audiobook - 2010
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Ramona Quimby is thrilled to be starting kindergarten. She likes a little boy named Davy so much she wants to kiss him, and she loves Susan's beautiful curls so much she wants to pull them to see them boing. Her teacher even promises her a present just for sitting still! So how does Ramona get in trouble? Well, anyone who knows Ramona knows that she is never a pest on purpose.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062060211
006206021X
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (2hr., 35 min.)) : digital

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jandt_mcmurray
May 25, 2018

5 years old can be a difficult age...for everybody. Ramona is learning all kinds of things: how to act in public & around other people, how to deal with her older sister, how to communicate in a meaningful way with her parents & kindergarten teacher, how to be a friend to her kindergarten classmates, how to be an independent young person without getting in to MORE trouble. Whew! That is a lot of learning for a young person, but Ramona is up to the task. She wants to learn; she wants to fit in. Some of the most difficult lessons in life begin around this age.

One of the things I enjoy most about Ramona, specifically at this age (5), is that she has such strong feelings about things & reacts in what SHE feels is the most appropriate way. Of course it is not always the best way to handle a situation, but I can't help but laugh & enjoy Ramona's direct responses. I think my favorite is when she creates this wonderful, life-like owl during the class' art project time. The girl sitting next to her copies every single thing about her owl therefore creating an exact replica of HER owl. She was NOT going to allow everybody to think that SHE had copies THAT GIRL'S owl. So she throws her owl away, not submitting an owl at all. This eats at her. She was so excited to about this project, & now, due to her copycat neighbor, she didn't have one for her parents to see on parent's night. To get back at the copycat neighbor, she walks up to it & pounds it flat. If Ramona can't have a beautiful owl on display, why should that girl?! HA HA HA! I saw so much of my own attitude & that of my youngest daughter that it made me laugh & cry - laugh at the thought of me at that age, cry as I thought of dealing with our 3 year old getting to that age.

Age recommendation: all ages

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 9.

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mlharr
Feb 22, 2017

While this is the second book in the Ramona Quimby series, it's only the first book that's from Ramona's point of view. And while Ramona has only aged one year (she's five years old in this one), it was published 13 years after Beezus and Ramona (1955 and 1968). Interestingly, that's not obvious at all in the content of the book! There's no blatant cultural shifts. I think that really speaks volumes for Beverly Cleary's writing talent!

I thought Ramona the Pest was actually a really sweet look at a young girl's perception of beginning kindergarten. Poor Ramona tries so hard to be good at kindergarten. She loves her teacher and enjoys (most of) her classmates... but things just keep going wrong! It can't be her fault, right? I think I might have been Ramona when I was five... lol Even though the protagonist is female, I think girls and boys who are starting kindergarten would enjoy this book as a readaloud!

As with the first book, there a few cultural differences in this book versus more contemporary reads. Ramona walks herself to school alone, and I think there's a mention that her dad smokes, and there's a big deal made about her teacher's stockings (would a modern kindergarten teacher wear stockings? Possibly not)... but it's not enough to detract any from the plot, and there's no language used that wouldn't be understandable by a modern five year old.

The same narrator narrates Ramona the Pest, and she continues to perform at or slightly above expectations. With YA books, the narrator often sounds young, like they're a teen or very young adult themselves. With Adult books, the narrator is, of course, an adult. It kind of throws me a little when I'm listening to Juvenile literature and the narrator is an older adult. But that's the way it always is.

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BellasMom
Mar 09, 2014

CDs are scratched. Unable to really listen to it.

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May 25, 2018

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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