|Title: Beezus and Ramona
Series: Ramona Quimby, Book 1
Author: Beverly Cleary
Lexile: [?] 780L
ATOS Level: [?] 4.8
GO For Ages: 9-12
In this book Ramona and her imagination really come into their own. Starting with a fairly mild encounter with the librarian, which is harder on Beezus than anyone else, Ramona goes from strength to strength, winding up by inviting her entire kindergarten class to a party at her home without mentioning it to her mother. The riot that ensues is probably the most hilarious episode in this extremely funny book, which proves that Mrs. Cleary’s imagination is almost as lively as Ramona’s.
A classic all kids should read. No content to be very concerned about. A good read for younger kids, too. Particularly good for siblings to read together, maybe out-loud to each other.
A bit of a scary description of a furnace in the basement, which I mention because our kids are afraid of ours in real life and this would likely just reinforce that fear. Not a biggie, just fyi.
Beezus struggles with the fact that she doesn’t like her little sister sometimes, and doesn’t feel like she loves her sometimes, too! Certainly, a common feeling for siblings and the story brings resolution to it for Beezus. Ramona invites her class over for a party without telling her mom (just in case your kid thinks that’s a good idea).
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