Ramona the Pest
Why does everyone call Ramona a pest? She gets benched on her first day of kindergarten for pulling Susan's hair, which is enticingly curly, not at all like Ramona's straight brown hair. Ramona tries hard to show her teacher that she is the best rester at nap time, but instead she disrupts the whole class. Why does everyone think she's a pest when she's trying so hard to be grown up?
Who hasn't read and re-read this series about imaginative Ramona with a propensity for trouble, her more mature older sister Beezus, her parents, always worried about budgeting, and Picky-Picky, the persnickety old cat? It doesn't matter how old you are when you read these; you're always transported back to the cares and concerns of a little girl, trying to do basically the right thing and combatting the injustices of the world in your own small way. These are great as read-alouds but just as enjoyable to read on your own. All volumes are paperback.
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