Beezus and Ramona (1955) by Beverly Cleary 5★♥
So… Before I begin my review, I felt that this book was an ode to older sisters (or siblings). I’m the oldest of 3 girls in my family. I have a nickname just like Beezus (for Beatrice). My middle sister couldn’t say my name when she was young, so naturally she just called me Shell. And it’s stuck. And now her daughter calls me Shell. But my sisters would also always say “Shell-did-it.” No matter what happened, my sisters always pointed the finger at me. But that was because I was a bit like both Beezus and Ramona when I was at that young mischief age.
Beezus and Ramona is through Beezus Quimbly’s point of view, which is different than all the other books in this series. Beatrice is almost 10 years old and Ramona is 4. I read this book, along with some others, when I was about 10 years old and I remember feeling glad to have found a character like Beatrice.
Now that I’ve reread this book (and within one day), I could relate a lot to all the various mischief that Ramona got into because of my 3 year old niece… Whenever my niece is doing something and we ask what she’s doing, the answer is “Nothiiinng…” which of course, has us curious and hopeful that she isn’t doing something she’s not supposed to. As far as the book Beezus and Ramona goes, this kindle version has 6 chapters with some nice black/ white pen drawings, along with a chapter sample of the book Ramona The Pest. They’re all little short stories of some of Ramona’s various mishaps that irritates her older sister, Beezus. Reading six mishaps in one day was actually quite fun. I laughed at a bit of the comedy. And smiled because it made me think of either my sisters or my nieces.
This was a fun reread and a good book series about siblings and Ramona Quimbly and her over imagination. I liked Beatrice “Beezus” when I first read this. Now I just love all the characters.
And the movie… so cute.