Ramona’s World (audiobook)

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Ramona’s World (audiobook) by Beverly Cleary

“There’s never been anyone quite like Ramona Geraldine Quimby! And now, the irresistible, irrepressible star of Beverly Cleary’s best-loved and bestselling series is back — in the paperback version of her first book in 15 years. Now, Ramona is a fourth grader, struggling with her spelling; feuding and flirting with her old nemesis, Yard Ape; and joyfully making her first real girlfriends. She’s also dealing with life as a middle child — coping with her teenage sister, Beezus, and their new baby sister, Roberta — and simply learning about growing up. But through it all, Ramona remains funny, outspoken, and amazingly real! Ramona’s World is out of this world…a book that’s definitely worth the wait!”

I read every Ramona book as a kid. Over and over and over again. So, a few years ago, when I discovered that Beverly Cleary had written a new Ramona book I was ecstatic. Who cares that I was in my 20’s, I had to have it!

Cleary’s talent and ability to write children in a realistic and believable voice is in no way diminished by her own age. At 95 years old, Cleary must still be a child at heart! Of course, this is one of the many reasons that she is one of my favorite authors.

I love listening to the Ramona books on audio. If I’m driving to one of my stores at the beach, I can usually listen to one book in the morning and another in the afternoon. Stockard Channing narrates the books brilliantly. She has taken on the personality of Ramona to me. She reads with emotion, whether it’s anger, hurt, embarrassment, or humor, she is dead on every time.

Published November 2nd 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1999)
ISBN13: 9780061774126
Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award (2001)

5 stars

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Happy Father’s Day!


When I was little I made my daddy read to me as often as I possibly could. My favorite book to have him read was Johnny Go Round by Betty Ren Wright, illustrated by Jessica Zemsky.

This was my absolute favorite book ever. I had it completely memorized. Daddy would try to trick me and skip words or leave things out but I always caught him. I would sit around and “read” the book by myself once I had it memorized and people thought I was reading even earlier than I actually did!

I don’t remember Daddy reading for his own enjoyment much when I was a kid but in the past ten years or so he has become almost as avid a reader as I am! Mama and I got him hooked on Harry Potter and it just kind of grew from there. When he got his iPod last year he started downloading audiobooks. He’s sitting in the den listening to an audiobook right now actually.

While I didn’t see him reading for himself much, he had just as big an impact on my love for books as Mama did. Partly because he read to me as a child. Partly because if I asked for a book, I got it. For Christmas I would get whole stacks of books and have them read within days. Every two weeks, on payday, we’d all go out to eat and then walk down to the Little Professor Bookstore and I pretty much always left with a book in my hand.

So, thank you, Daddy, for everything you did and still do. I love you.

Johnny Go Round - 1960