R is for Ramona Forever

Title:  Ramona Forever
Author:Beverly Cleary
Original Publication Date: 1984
Date I First Read: 1985
Basic Category: Juvenile Fiction
Basic Summary:  Ramona Quimby’s aunt is going to marry her friend Howie’s uncle.  Her mother is going to have a baby.  Her father is looking for a teaching job, and if he gets a job in a rural area, Beezus is worried about living like Laura Ingalls Wilder.   
What I Remember About the Book:  Picky-picky, their old cat, died, and Ramona and Beezus buried him themselves so they wouldn’t worry their pregnant mother.  Howie’s uncle takes the girls shopping for dresses, since they are trying to plan a really quick wedding.  Ramona’s shoes for the wedding are too tight, so she gives them to the boys at the wedding to ties onto the wedding couple’s car.
I loved this book.  I re-read it a number of times.  It was, and is, my favorite Ramona book.  The others were fine, but my old paperback copy of this particular book is falling apart!   I think I also loved that Ramona got a new baby sibling.  I wanted my parents to have another baby . . . but they always said no. 
What I Took Away From the Book:  I learned the term “sibling” from this book.  (e.g. My brothers are my siblings.) 
Rating (1-5 stars):  5


  1. I remember this book rather well from when I was young. I'm really surprised to see the publication date. I'd assumed it came from the 1950s or 1960s, since I thought that's when Ramona's story was set.



  2. Ms. Cleary's last Ramona book wasn't published until 15 years later, in 1999! So yes, there was quite a span for the growth of Ramona. (I was very surprised to see that one!)



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