Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
AR Reading Level: 4.8
On the library stacks: Children's Fiction
Series: Book 1 of 8 (Ramona)
Recommended for: Grades 2+
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My mom has been in town for a few weeks. She taught second grade for years and she has the best read-aloud voice ever. As an incentive, I told my kids that whoever listened to Nana read Beezus and Ramona would get to go to the movie at the end of the week. My 6, 8, and 9-year old kids all took up the challenge and we had a blast, both listening and watching.
This initial installment in the Ramona series features 9-year old Beezus and 4-year old Ramona. Ramona is into everything--riding her tricycle in the living room, taking over Beezus' art class, destroying library books, eating one bite out of every apple from an entire box, inviting her friends over for a party without telling anyone, and ruining Beezus' birthday. I actually really felt for Beezus! (and for my 9-year old since we have our own little 4-year old "Ramona").
I laughed and cried both reading the book and watching the movie. I didn't realize that the movie is actually based on ALL the Ramona books, not just this one. But it captures the spirit and essence of the books perfectly. This was a fun summer activity for our family, and I definitely recommend both the movie and the book.
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