Ramona the Pest

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 240 pages
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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 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


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User Review  - Coffeehag - LibraryThing

Who would have thought that Ramona would be the naughtiest kid in kindergarten? Yet that is exactly what she is. Leave it to Ramona to find new, never before thought of ways to get into trouble, even ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amelia_Smith - LibraryThing

I read this book to my kids, the younger of whom is in Kindergarten now. The author did a fabulous job of capturing a 5-year-old's voice and outlook on the world. All in all, the book was delightful ... Read full review

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Page 17 - Miss Binney's smile seemed to last longer than smiles usually last. Ramona glanced uneasily around and saw that others were waiting with interest for the answer. Everybody wanted to know how Mike Mulligan went to the bathroom. 'Well — ' said Miss Binney at last. 'I don't really know, Ramona. The book doesn't tell us.' 'I always wanted to know, too,' said Howie, without raising his hand, and others murmured in agreement. The whole class, it seemed, had been wondering how Mike Mulligan went to the...
Page 31 - I didn't like it as much as I thought I would," she answered honestly, "but maybe it will get better when we have Show and Tell." CHAPTER 2 Show and Tell RA.MONA looked forward to many things— her first loose tooth, riding a bicycle instead of a tricycle, wearing lipstick like her mother— but most of all she looked forward to Show and Tell. For years Ramona had watched her sister Beezus leave for school with a doll, a book, or a pretty leaf to share with her class. She had watched...
Page 138 - ... She ran to her cupboard inside the kindergarten building and snatched a crayon from her box. Then she grabbed a piece of paper from the supply cupboard. Outside she could hear the many feet of the morning and afternoon kindergartens marching off to the big playground. There was no time for Ramona's best printing, but that was all right. This job was not seat work to be supervised by Miss Binney. As fast as she could Ramona printed her name, and then she could not resist adding with a flourish...
Page 14 - ... present came next, but when the song ended, Miss Binney made no mention of the present. Instead she picked up a book. Ramona decided that at last the time had come to learn to read. Miss Binney stood in front of her class and began to read aloud from Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, a book that was a favorite of Ramona's because, unlike so many books for her age, it was neither quiet and sleepy nor sweet and pretty.
Page 20 - Let's go outside and play Gray Duck. You, too, Ramona. Gray Duck turned out to be an easy game, and Ramona's spirits recovered quickly from her disappointment. The class formed a circle, and the person who was “it” tagged someone who had to chase him around the circle. If “it” was caught before he got back to the empty space in the circle, he had to go into the center of the circle, which was called the mush pot, and the person who caught him became “it.
Page 15 - Miss Binney, I want to know — how did Mike Mulligan go to the bathroom when he was digging the basement of the town hall?' Miss Binney's smile seemed to last longer than smiles usually last. Ramona glanced uneasily around and saw that others were waiting with interest for the answer.
Page 22 - in our kindergarten we do not pull hair." "Susan doesn't have to be such a baby," said Ramona. "You may go sit on the bench outside the door while the rest of us play our game," Miss Binney told Ramona. Ramona did not want to sit on any bench. She wanted to play Gray Duck with the rest of the class. "No," said Ramona, preparing to make a great big noisy fuss.
Page 156 - I'm sorry, Ramona, but we cannot have a hair puller in our kindergarten.' No one said a word as Ramona turned and walked out of the kindergarten and sat down on the bench. The little children next door stared at her through the fence. The workmen across the street looked at her in amusement.
Page 19 - Tm afraid not,' admitted Miss Binney. 'You see "for the present" means for now. I meant that I wanted you to sit here for now, because later I may have the children sit at different desks.' 'Oh.' Ramona was so disappointed she had nothing to say. Words were so puzzling. Present should mean a present just as attack should mean to stick tacks in people. By now all the children were crowding around the door to see what had happened to their teacher. Tm so sorry,' said Miss Binney. 'It's all my fault....

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About the author (2009)

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.

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