Beezus and Ramona

Beezus and Ramona

Audiobook CD - 2010
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Beezus Quimby wants to be a good older sister, but little Ramona makes it so hard. She has to be the most embarrassing sister ever. Although Ramona isn't trying to get into trouble, her unmatchable imagination usually carries her there.
Publisher: [New York] : HarperChildrens Audio, p2010.
ISBN: 9780061774058
0061774057
Branch Call Number: J Fic
Characteristics: 2 sound discs (2 hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Channing, Stockard
Harper Audio (Firm)

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jandt_mcmurray
May 08, 2018

What does life look like for a 4 year old & 9 year old sister? Like "Beezus & Ramona"! Most of the "Ramona" series is told from Ramona's perspective, but Beezus gets behind the mic so to speak on this one. A story goes a completely different direction when it's being told from the eldest sibling's perspective, & this one is no exception. According to Beezus, Ramona does nothing but destroy, annoy, & flat-out drive people crazy. If Beezus had a dessert, Ramona wanted the same one as well. If Beezus created a work of art, Ramona was right behind her to add her own sense of style to it (destroying it). The list of examples could go on & on, but I think you get the picture. Ah, Ramona! Such a cute series that never disappoints!

My daughter, also 9 years old, was in tears of laughter & had gritted teeth of frustration throughout the book as she too could once again relate to older sister Beezus. She enjoys hearing that it is totally normal for older siblings, more specifically sisters, to not always like each other. What an important thing to come to terms with at an early age: you won't always like your siblings, but we should always find a way to love them anyway. Beezus & Ramona have given my 2 girls hope that they too will one day grow from annoying siblings to beloved friends.

Age recommendation: all ages

On a scale from 1-10 stars, I give it 10!

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mlharr
Feb 19, 2017

Oh what FUN, revisiting these books during my commute! Beezus and Ramona is the first book in the Ramona series. This series is about young Ramona and her family- older sister Beezus, her mom, her dad, and her cat, Picky Picky.

Beezus and Ramona is actually slightly different from the rest of the series. In this one, Beezus is the primary narrator. I remembered Ramona being the narrator of the whole series, so that makes me wonder if I ever actually read this very first book. In it, Ramona is only four years old, and very precocious. Reading about her, I laughed out loud. Thinking about being Beezus, older sister to Ramona... I certainly felt for her!

These sister have such an authentic and caring relationship. Even though Ramona can drive Beezus up the wall, Beezus still doesn't hesitate when their mother suggests that she take Ramona to the library for the afternoon.

Originally published in 1955, there are a few cultural differences in this book... the girls go quite a few places around town completely unsupervised. They're very responsible about it, and there's no sense of abandonment. It was just a completely different time. Now, you'd probably not leave your nine year and four year old home alone together, or send them walking down to the community center alone... especially knowing that the four year old would be playing alone outside of the community center while the nine year old was in art class!

Like I said, I literally laughed out loud while listening to it. I found the sisters' relationship so sweet. The narrator did justice to the tone of the book. Overall, a good read!

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modestgoddess
Aug 06, 2012

Our family loves audiobooks for long drives and this one, read by Stockard Channing, is very well done. Ramona is indeed "exasperating" - parents be warned! But our six-year-old wanted to hear it over and over again, and it's a testament to Channing's skill that we parents were okay with that....! Great fun.

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