Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Six-year-old Ramona Quimby is excited to be starting first grade at school! But on the first day, no one believes the amazing true story she shares for Show and Tell. Then having to sit near copycat Susan in class leads Ramona into quite the trouble one day. And not to mention Ramona’s run-in with a big dog on the way to school one morning in Ramona the Brave by author Beverly Cleary.
(It struck me as strange last week when I realized I hadn’t posted a review of this book on my blog yet. So I reread the book, wrote this review—and then Cleary passed away the next day, at 104. So I bumped this post up to today on my blog schedule.)
This is at least the second time my adult self has revisited this book since I first read it as a kid. Although it’s strange that I’m now, a-hem…older than Ramona’s parents, this is still my favorite series of children’s books. Hands down!
Even so, I can see why this book was a teensy bit on the gloomier side for me back when I was much closer to Ramona’s age. Having a new schoolteacher who apparently doesn’t like you and being scared of the dark every night when you’re trying to sleep in your brand new room—oh, the woe for Ramona! And I wouldn’t have been able to get away with acting out in Ramona-fashion when she loses her temper in front of her parents.
Even so, she’s still quite the relatable heroine with interesting and funny adventures that I consider classic.
Here’s my review of the next book in the series, Ramona and Her Father.