Module 2: Beezus and Ramona

Module 2: Beezus and Ramona

Cleary, B. (1955). Beezus and Ramona. New York: HarperCollins.


An enjoyable and hilarious book about Ramona and the trouble she gets herself into. This book describes Ramona’s misadventures with the librarian, her sister Beezus, and the party she plans herself (without telling her mother). Ramona just cannot help herself, her imagination seems to cause more trouble than any one child should be involved in. Ramona is hard not to love, even when she is causing trouble for others.

What Did I Think?

I love the Ramona books and this one is no exception. There is something so innocent and pure about Ramona and her ability to cause trouble is always entertaining. I see Ramona as the beginnings to characters like the more recent, Junie B. Jones. The downside to reading Ramona books is that they are from a different generation. Some of the topics and vocabulary are unknown to students today.

Reviews Review

Nine-year-old Beezus Quimby has her hands full with her little sister, Ramona. Sure, other people have little sisters that bother them sometimes, but is there anyone in the world like Ramona? Whether she’s taking one bite out of every apple in a box or secretly inviting 15 other 4-year-olds to the house for a party, Ramona is always making trouble–and getting all the attention. Every big sister can relate to the trials and tribulations Beezus must endure. Old enough to be expected to take responsibility for her little sister, yet young enough to be mortified by every embarrassing plight the precocious preschooler gets them into, Beezus is constantly struggling with her mixed-up feelings about the exasperating Ramona.There’s no one in the world like Beverly Cleary, either. This terrifically popular author of over two dozen children’s books has withstood the test of time for generations, as her many awards, including the Newbery Medal, attest. Two books in the Ramona series, Ramona and Her Father andRamona Quimby, Age 8, were also named Newbery Honor Books. Louis Darling’s wonderful ink illustrations are the kind that will stay with a reader for a lifetime. (Ages 8 to 12) –Emilie Coulter –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Library Lesson

Ramona books could be used in a comparing and contrasting activity along with Junie B. Jones books. Students could either read or listen to excepts of each book that describe the characters. Another option would be to complete the comparison, using a graphic organizer, after reading several books as an ongoing character study. Both Junie B. Jones and Ramona Quimby are interesting, quirky, and full of personality. While they do get into trouble frequently, students could focus on the lessons learned as a result of the incidences the girls are a part of.

Another additional lesson could be centered around the website There are games about the books, information about the characters, and more ideas for educators to use on the site.


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