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Ramona and Her Father Paperback – March 19, 2013

4.7 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
Book 4 of 8 in the Ramona Quimby Series

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Second grade is not turning out the way it should for Ramona Quimby. Her dad has lost his job, her mom has found a full-time job, and her big sister Beezus has "reached a difficult age." In her inimitable way, Ramona decides to take charge. She practices TV commercials in hopes of earning a million dollars, but only ends up insulting her teacher and getting into a prickly mess with some burrs. Then she embarks on a campaign to make her father stop smoking. Mr. Quimby manages to hold up under all these strains, but the challenge is on for the whole family to prove their mettle.

Once again, Beverly Cleary proves her own mettle in this touching and hilarious Newbery Honor Book. Beloved author of over two dozen children's books, and recipient of many awards, including another Newbery Honor for Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and a Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw, Cleary's instinct for children's jumbled emotions is flawless. Alan Tiegreen's adroit line drawings perfectly complement Cleary's style; it's hard to imagine one without the other. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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"True, warm-hearted, and funny."--" Booklist"
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 840 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380709163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380709168
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Beverly Cleary wrote some of the funniest books ever written for children with her Henry Huggins/Ramona series. However, her Newbery honor winner "Ramona and Her Father" marks the beginning of Mrs. Cleary's decision to include more serious situations into the lives of her characters to go along with their comic adventures. This book revolves around the very unfunny and realistic situation of Ramona's father losing his job. (Undoubtedly, Mrs. Cleary drew upon her own childhood memories of her father's unemployment during the Depression to tell this story.)
Ramona's life is turned upside down by her father's unemployment. Her father is cranky and depressed, her mother tired from overwork, and older sister Beezus, the funloving tomboy of the Henry Huggins books, is now a temperamental teenager. The book chronicles Ramona's attempts to deal with this difficult situation, and results are touching and very often hilarious. Despite its serious subject matter, the book still retains Mrs. Cleary's comic touch. This is one very funny book! The chapter about Ramona's hope of becoming a TV commericial actor, which she believes will end her family's problems, is one of the funniest Mrs. Cleary ever wrote. If I had to pick one book from the entire Henry Huggins/Ramona series "Ramona and Her Father" would be the one. Ramona's experiences with a difficult family situation are told with humor and candor.
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Ramona and Her Father is a great book. I especially liked the part when Ramona got burrs in her hair. When they tried to get the burrs out they couldn't. I think that this book is good because it's full of adventures.
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"Ramona the Brave" was probably the first of Beverly Cleary's books to reflect the cultural changes of the 60's and the 70's, such as when her mother takes a part-time job. In this book, her family's life becomes quite complicated when her father - through no fault of his own - is thrust into the ranks of the unemployed. Her mother takes a full-time job, but their finances are still spread rather thin. To make matters worse, Ramona learns about the dangers of smoking and begins to fear for her father's health, since he is a smoker. Will Mr. Quimby get another job? Will he give up smoking? Will Ramona and her family be happy again?

My description makes this book sound like a real downer, but don't be fooled. It contains plenty of laughter to balance the pathos. For instance, Ramona once again becomes enamored with TV commercials, as she did in "Henry and the Clubhouse". This time, though, her intentions are more honorable (she thinks she can help out her family's financial situation by getting a job in commercials). Her attempts at cuteness are not appreciated by everyone, including her father and her teacher. She also makes a crown out of burrs and gets it tangled in her hair! Along the way, she learns that her family can be happy even in the midst of difficult circumstances. This was one of my favorites in the "Ramona" series.
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Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
Have you ever thought your father cared about you a lot? Well in Ramona and Her Father, her father loses his job, and starts smoking! Ramona's family is acting mad. But Ramona's father is acting nice to her, most of the time. Find out what happens in Ramona and Her Father.
I liked this book a lot, because Ramona went through all the trouble just to make her family happy.
I think Beverly Cleary wanted to share that even though you are upset with your family you still love them. I think the author wanted to teach us that no family is perfect.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a great book about a girl and her relationships with her father. She tries to help her father with his struggles when he lost his job. This is a great book and I would recommend this book to anyone.
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Format: Audio Cassette
Since no one seems to have left a review pertaining to the audio edition, I thought I'd add my 2 cents. Stockard Channing's reading of all the Ramona books is excellent. She puts a lot of emotion into her readings and gives what I consider an almost theatrical performance. It's been 10 years or so since I last listened to one of her readings, and I can still hear her voice in my head when I re-read the Ramona books. Definitely think about buying this set. They're perfect for long car trips or just sitting around the radio at home. :)
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Format: Paperback
UNBELIEVEABLE!
I can't believe that was a book. It seemed so real.This is definitely a book you will remember forever. The setting of this wonderful book is in America in modern times. Most of the story takes place at Ramona's house or at her school. The characters are Ramona, a serious eight-year old girl with a lot on her mind, Mr.Quimby, Ramona's father and Beezus, Ramona's sister. Ramona has a normal life untill one payday when Ramona's father loses his job and starts smoking. One of the interesting parts is when Ramona's cat falls into their jack-o-lantern. Does everything work out for Ramona and her father? Find out! I think this is an A+ book.
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Format: Paperback
Beverly Cleary is a very talented and gifted children's book author and her technique of the use funny adventures in them help to engage the reader in her books. However, in "Ramona and Her Father," she brings up a more serious issue for the characters in her book along with the many silly adventures of Ramona. This book talks about the serious situation of Ramona's father losing his job. Ramona is a typical kid, she is always getting herself into sticky situations, but like everyone else she worries about her family. When Ramona's father loses his job, it turns Ramona and her family's life upside down. Ramona's mother ends up getting a full time job while Ramona's father is at home and ends up becoming depressed. Because Ramona's father is depressed Ramona and her sister, Beezus, must not do anything that could further shake up their father. Ramona with her silly self gets into different scrapes and situations that are hilarious and many children could relate to.

This book is very funny and really puts a spin on the situation of her father losing his job. It can be a very relatable book nowadays because of the downturn of the economy. We liked the style of the writing because it tells the situation from a child's perspective. One is able to see how Ramona views the adults in her life. We get to see how her thought process is behind some of her crazy antics. One of the best parts of the book was when Beverly Cleary wanted to become an Actress in commercials because that would end up fixing all their problems.

Beverly Cleary most likely based this book off her childhood experience of when her father lost his job during the Depression. We believe that it was a good topic to touch on and that Beverly Cleary did a wonderful job doing so.
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