Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
Ramona is eight years old now and is in third grade. It’s her job to be nice to Willa Jean so her mother can work and her father can go to school. In the new school year, Ramona encounters a bit of a bully. He steals her eraser and he calls her big foot. Ramona counters with, “That’s Superfoot to you,” which seems to form something of a friendship between the two children.
Life is still difficult at home. Money still has to be stretched. Ramona still doesn’t get along with Beezus. She still has to be nice to Willa Jean. Life goes on.
One of the things Ramona does is break a raw egg onto her face. She thought it had been boiled, but it wasn’t; it was raw. Egg was everywhere and it happened in front of everybody. Ramona thought everyone would talk about it for years to come, but it seems they don’t.
At one point, Ramona throws up in front of her entire class and thinks she will be shamed for life, but no one really talks about it. Her mother assures her that other people have other things to think about.
What I liked
We all did embarrassing things as children that we thought people were going to talk about forever. To our relief, they didn’t. Like Ramona, I also threw up in front of my entire class, second-grade as I recall. I was just sitting in the middle of class, then…blah! It was awful.
But wait…there’s more!
In kindergarten, I flicked a loose tooth out of my mouth and across the room. In middle-school, I fell off of the bus steps in front of everybody. I mean, really, how much can one person endure?
In the end, no one remembers any of this, except for me. We all have moments like this.
As a child, or even a teenager, we think our embarrassing moments are the end of the world, but they’re not, really. I liked that this book about Ramona teaches children that life will move on, even if you do something really embarrassing.
What I didn’t like
I can’t really pick out anything I didn’t like about this book. It’s quite light-hearted and humorous.
Remember, no one remembers that really embarrassing thing you did back in middle school–you know the thing.
Do you ever talk about those embarrassing moments with your friends?
Do you think Ramona will remember half of her embarrassing moments as an adult?