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About the Author

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 up.

Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.



Jaqueline Rogers has been a professional children's book illustrator for more than twenty years and has worked on nearly one hundred children's books.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 4 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; BOX edition (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061246476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061246470
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beverly Cleary's birthday, April 12th, is celebrated across the country on D.E.A.R. Day, with activities related to the Drop Everything and Read Program. One of the most popular and honored authors of all time, Beverly Cleary has won the Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. She makes her home in coastal California.

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By M. Riegler on January 9, 2007
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I remeber reading the Ramona books as a child and recently purchased the collection for my 8 yr. old and 5 yr. old daughters. They beg every night to hear another chapter read to them. The stories and situations are timeless and they can easily identify with Ramona and Beezus. The stories are told from a child's point of view, which can be sometimes enlightening for us grownups who have forgotten what it's like to be 4 or 5 years old. My girls delight in hearing about Ramona's occaisional "wickedness" and very stubborn nature.

I find myself giggling when I recognize things from the era that it was written (my childhood!) like putting plastic bread bags over your shoes and then stuffing them into rubber boots! I highly recommend this collection of books. The word wholesome comes to mind.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By ShopsLot on September 28, 2007
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I loved these books as a kid and now my daughter's love the stories too. The illustrations inside are enough to help give the kids a little idea and then they picture the rest inside their heads as we read along! I really do prefer these Ramona stories compared to the Junie B Jones stories. Ramona seems to be alot more wholesome where I do find that Junie B Jones can be quite the rude little girl often. Very nice to be able to share with my girls and they are always trying to tell the stories to their friend that see the books too. Very cute!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. Albright on February 7, 2007
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My daughter is 7 and devoured the Ramona books. She was able to relate to the character and found these books easy to read. They were her first page turners!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Timothy P. Young on August 2, 2010
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I hold a personal belief that every so often we should go back and revisit those things that were important to us in our youth. Whether it's picking up a copy of an album you haven't heard since high school or watching "The Breakfast Club" for the first time in 20 years, I think it's important to put yourself in touch with who we were.

So, when I heard about the Ramona movie coming out, I decided it was high time to revisit some of these books, which were favorites of mine from grades 2-5. Not only was I surprised at how much of these books I remembered, I was also very pleased with Cleary's writing and the universality of the situations in these books. In many ways, they serve as a window into how kids deal with things from the perils of having a younger sibling to take care of to parental unemployment. The great thing about these books is that the messages are never heavy-handed. Cleary lets them unfold naturally through the characters, in particular Ramona Quimby and her sister Beezus (in this set, anyway).

Some people may feel it's a waste of time to look backward at what made us who we are. I can't think of anything better to ground myself. And even more so, I'm incredibly pleased to find what good taste I had as a child. Highly recommended for those of us looking back and those looking to introduce their grade schoolers to reading.

I'm glad I took the time. If you haven't read these since grade school, you should, too.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2011
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After plowing through the Junie B. Jones' series of books (which I personally did not care for), followed by the Ivy and Bean series of books (a favorite of mine), I was wondering which chapter books to get my six-year-old reader. She is reading independently and has shown a great interest in reading chapter books. Luckily, I came across positive reviews of the Ramona Quimby series here on Amazon and decided to get her the first four books.

They have been a great hit. My daughter loves the antics of kindergartener Ramona Quimby as she goes through one adventure after another. This boxed set proved to be value for money, with four books in the collection. The boxed set contains Beezus and Ramona, Ramona the Pest, Ramona the Brave, and Ramona and Her Father. The stories are well-plotted, and unlike the Junie B. Jones series, Ramona is not quite as bratty or rude as Junie B. The language is well-written, and is actually enough of a challenge for young readers venturing into chapter books. The chapters are much longer than both the Junie B. series and Ivy and Bean series, so patience is a necessity. Though there are illustrations, they are few and far between, so that is something to take note of, especially if your young reader is a visual learner and needs to see lots of pictures. Other than that, this is an excellent chapter book series for young, independent readers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 1, 2010
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I bought these for my 6 year old granddaughter, who is an advanced reader for her age. Since they are about a girl age 9 or so, she can relate and use her as a type of role model. Her parents read them with her before bed and say that she loves the books. They are wholesome and provide solid family values.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Willow on September 16, 2009
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First I want to say thanks to all of your positive ratings and feedbacks. You've encouraged me and helped me decide to buy "Ramona Volume 1 AND 2."

These books are the best books there is. It's great for children who will enjoy the simplicity in the narration and the stories and the adventures. It's also great for adults. I found this book in here at Amazon.com., and I'm glad I did. I haven't read these books when I was young but I'm happy I found them now.

After reading them, I found myself thinking back to my childhood and it also helped me remember a few things like how I used to think when I was in that age. lol! Beverly Cleary wrote these books so well it's as if she wrote as she grew along with Ramona.

I also love the new illustrations by Tracy Dockray because it shows an updated look on today's kids which they can identify and it looks so much better.

I totally recommend the volume 1 and 2 of Ramona by Beverly Cleary. :D
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