27 July 2010

ramona ramona

Mom, sister & I saw the Ramona and Beezus movie last night, and thank God it didn't disappoint.  If they bastardized the story, the mood, the characters, the ANYTHING there would have been at least three very upset moviegoers.  But the movie was adorable and perfect.  Plus they included my all-time favorite Ramona moment-- when she goes to crack a hard boiled egg on her head but... it's not hard boiled!  It's raw!  No!  Disaster ensues, her teacher calls her a nuisance and I am forever mistrusting of hard boiled eggs.  Can't eat one without thinking about Ramona Quimby.

These are the book covers I remember.  As far as childhood friends go, Ramona and Beezus are right up there with Nancy Drew, the gals from the Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High and characters from more than a few Judy Blume books.

Beverly Cleary wrote Beezus and Ramona (which you can read for FREE here, go do it) in 1955 and continued writing about Ramona until 1999.  Soooo, kind of an enduring classic, right?

Unofficial poll:  Who else is with me?!  Did you all read Ramona books?  Babysitters Club?  C'mon, fess up.  What are your favorite childhood books?  I only read a few Goosebumps books, but never got that into them.  Too wussy.


  1. Being the wrong gender all can do is pass along the obscure books that I read when a boy. There was the "Penrod and Sam" books and also a series of books about a boy who lived in Britain during the time when it was a Roman province.

  2. typically i wouldn't admit this, but...between you, me, and the blogosphere- i loved sweet valley high! and babysitters club (obvi) :)

  3. I had so much fun last night watching Ramona & Beezus together and it brought back so many memories. I am still smiling today thinking about it. A must see for Beverly Cleary fans!!!

  4. That fact that I echo each and every sentiment expressed in this post should be no surprise since we grew up in the same house. Such a good movie and the sister moments completely tugged at my heart strings. Love you, sister.

  5. Goosebumps all the way. And then Fear Street when I aged out of Goosebumps. I am a sucker for good marketing.
    Oh, and if IotBD has a series I am sure I would have lurved it.

  6. I never really got into Goosebumps or Sweet Valley High, but you bet I read all the others. My cousin, Chelsie, looked just like Ramona growing up. I was also a big Encyclopedia Brown fan growing up, but I would cheat and read the back first, then the actual story. I remember reading those books and thinking "What the heck's a delicatessen?" Until my mom explained it's just a deli, then I had to always say "delicatessen."

  7. I'm so glad you enjoyed the flick. For me, it was all about The Babysitters Club. I would always flip to the 2nd chapter where they would describe Claudia's wardrobe {I loved how quirky it was}. I also enjoyed reading Sweet Valley.

    Thanks for the trip back to middle school. :)

  8. Yes yes, all of the pleasures of our youth-- glad to see I'm not alone in my Babysitters Club or Sweet Valley High love either :)

    Amanda, check this link if you liked Claudia's wardrobe: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/32404.

    Anonymous, IotBD: pure genius. I think I still own a copy of that book.


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