Beezus and Ramona by Beverly ClearyBeezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

Beezus and Ramona

byBeverly ClearyIllustratorJacqueline Rogers

Paperback | July 6, 1999

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Newbery Award-winner Beverly Cleary delivers a humorous portayal of the ups and downs of sisterhood. Both the younger and older siblings of the family will enjoy this book.

Having a little sister like four-year-old Ramona isn’t always easy for Beezus Quimby. With a wild imagination, disregard for order, and an appetite for chaos, Ramona makes it hard for Beezus to be the responsible older sister she knows she ought to be…especially when Ramona threatens to ruin Beezus’s birthday party. Will Beezus find the patience to handle her little sister before Ramona turns her big day into a complete disaster? 

"An important reminder of the good that can come when you throw yourself fully into any situation and draw outside the lines," says in their article "12 Girls from Fiction Who Are Their Own Heroes."


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...
Title:Beezus and RamonaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.41 inPublished:July 6, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:038070918X

ISBN - 13:9780380709182

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story about sisters With a sister of my own, Beezus's frustrations and emotions towards Ramona is definitely relatable. I love the sibling dynamic though, the contrasting differences between Beezus and Ramona, and how it shapes their relationship. It's a great read for anyone with a sibling!
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome sweet books about growing up
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story Great story for all ages. Great book and wonderful for younger readers.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious book! I loved this book as a kid and it was one of the reasons I really got into reading 'chapter books'! Ramona's adventures are a great read.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! Great read about having a sister, totally related to it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! Great read about having a sister, totally related to it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beezus' Book Unlike the other Ramona books, this is the only one written as Beezus being the narrator. Her exasperation with Ramona being such a pesty younger sister, makes for a humorous read. Fun!!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I laughed out loud. I needed a light read, and as the parents of four kids who's ages match up nicely to Beezus and Ramona in this book, I found myself laughing to the point of tears and making my husband listen to me read sections alound. I also think my eldest will love to hear Beezus' perspective on her little sister.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from terrific very funny and a great book
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool Great story. It hs various details of the annoyance Ramona is to Beezus. Hilarious and good for kids.
Date published: 2015-01-14

From Our Editors

Revisit Klickitat Street with the harum-scarum Quimbys in Newbery Medallist Beverly Cleary’s marvellous novel for middle readers, Beezus and Ramona. Beezus has her hands full looking after her mischievous little sister Ramona, who despite her often fractious nature, adores her older sister and wants to be just like her -- to a fault! Cleary’s popular characters introduced in Henry Huggins are perfect companions for children aged eight to 12.

Editorial Reviews

“Younger kids love Ramona’s can-do brand of chaos, while older kids can likely identify with Beezus’s big-sister frustrations.”