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Book & Movie Review — Beezus & Ramona
Categories: Parenting

It’s probably not too surprising that I have read Beverly Cleary‘s Ramona books. Therefore when I saw they were making a Beezus and Ramona movie I was ok with it. And since Ramona is four in the book, I thought it would be appropriate to take Frankie to see it.  I am not impressed.  First of all, they condensed the plot of 4 or 5 books into one movie and aged Ramona to make it work.  Not only did this eliminate many of the charming scenes that make Ramona so lovable, it made the movie just a little to old for Frankie, who was very restless once she finished her cotton candy.  I did not like the actress they had playing Ramona and a little too much time was spent on the romance between Aunt Bea and Howie’s uncle (eyecandy!) to really make this movie appealing to young kids. I do realize I have rather high expectations so if you have older kids, it might be worth a try.  

The book, while our first introduction to Ramona, is actually told from Beezus’ point of view.  It is a great book for older siblings as they will relate to the exasperation Beezus feels at having a younger sister who is always causing trouble and getting all the attention.  However, Ramona the Pest and Ramona the Brave hold the most prominent position in my heart.  The movie tried to do a scene with Susan’s boingy curls but it does not live up to the book.  The moviemakers did step up with the scene of Howie and Ramona jumping out of the hole in the house and that is what Frankie remembers from the movie. 

In conclusion, 🙂  Read the Books!

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