Top positive review
Engaging and relatable. Great replay value for an 8 year old girl
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2018
My daughter loved this collection. In the week after it arrived, she read 5 of the books in the set, and I was sorta peeved at first. I know it’s great that my daughter reads, especially in this modern era, but books aren’t free. (I don’t trust her with library books. She loves her books a little too well.) So I’m always hoping that it occupies her for awhile. And that’s where this set earns its 5* rating. Most of the books in my daughter’s bookcase are “one and done” sorta books. You spend $20-30 on a boxed set and she blazes through them and they get retired to their place of honor, never to be touched again and certainly never to be donated, traded or recycled. So the stack grows, and more bookcases get constructed.
However, not with Ramona. Over the past weeks and months, I have seen her reading and rereading Ramona’s exploits. It’s not uncommon to hear spontaneous bursts of laughter as my daughter explains how Ramona thinks that carpet is a pet that lives in a car. The books are engaging for my 8-year old voracious reader. She relates with the characters and their struggles and sees a piece of herself in both Ramona and her older sister Beezus. It’s obvious that Ms. Cleary’s sense of humor resonates with my daughter, and now the author has the honored place at my daughter’s literary dinner party.
“Mom, if I had a dinner party and I invited all of my favorite authors, Beverly Cleary would have a seat next to Ursula K. LeGuin.”