Top positive review
Dated yet wonderful
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2020
Beverly Cleary creates such a lovable, exasperating character in Ramona Quimby. Her older sister Beezus has the patience of a saint, most of the time.
The only reason I’m not giving BEEZUS AND RAMONA 5 stars is because it’s quite dated. Young readers will wonder why a nine-year-old babysits her four-year-old sister and why the girls are allowed to walk to the library alone, crossing streets with red lights. They’ll wonder why the art teacher is critical about technique and why she doesn’t praise every painting as lovely. When I was a kid this was the norm. I’d have rated it 5 stars as a kid. I couldn’t get enough of BEEZUS AND RAMONA.