History Literature / RamonaQuimby

29th Jul '16 9:21:34 PM Adept
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* OffScreenRomance: One of the most significant plot threads in ''Ramona Forever'' was Aunt Bea's wedding to Uncle Hobart. Despite this, the couple had no visible interactions with each other until they announced their upcoming marriage, and the only hints the audience get that the two were together prior to this reveal was Bea's off-hand remark that she used to go to the same school as Hobart, and Howie telling Ramona that his uncle is dating a teacher.
23rd Jul '16 9:51:31 PM Jayalaw
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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: After refusing to eat the tongue that their mother made for one Saturday evening, on a day where Ramona was already angry at her mother for putting a raw egg in her lunch, the parents decide that [[LetsSeeYouDoBetter the girls can try to cook dinner on Sunday to give Mrs. Quimby the night off]]. This is lampshaded by Beezus, and the girls resent that, so they try to get out of it by being on their best behavior. When that fails, they have to improvise with what's in the kitchen. They learn exactly what their mother deals with while trying to make a full meal, while leaving a mess behind in the kitchen.



* HatesBaths: Ramona hates having her hair washed as a toddler. Whenever Mrs. Quimby washes her hair, Ramona squirms around and screams the whole time.

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* HatesBaths: Ramona hates having her hair washed as a toddler. Whenever Mrs. Quimby washes her hair, Ramona squirms around and screams the whole time. She gets better about it when she gets older.



* HopeSpot:
** In ''Beezus and Ramona'' the first chapter details that Beezus hopes to find another book to read to Ramona that doesn't have steam shovels in it at the library. Ramona ends up getting another book about steam shovels, though it is better than what they have at home, and she scribbles in it on the due date so that Beezus has to pay for the damage and they end up owning the book anyway.
** Subverted in ''Beezus and Ramona'''s last chapter. Ramona ruins Beezus's first birthday cake by tossing all the eggs into the batter and turning on the mixer "to see what would happen". To distract Ramona Beezus reads "Hansel and Gretel" to her until the cake is in the oven, but makes the mistake of telling Ramona to pretend to be Gretel rather than Hansel when Ramona spills cracker crumbs all over the carpet. This leads to Ramona opening the oven and tossing her doll into the cake pan, which ruins the second cake. Fortunately Mrs. Quimby thinks to call Aunt Beatrice to buy a cake, which averts the disaster.
** After getting laid off, Mr. Quimby spends a whole book trying to find a job, finally getting one as a cashier. Finally the family can relax, right? Wrong. It turns out he hates his job, and decides to go back to college while working part time at an ice house. Then just as he gets a teaching degree for art, there are no teaching jobs in the city. He ''does'' manage to get a manager job, which is better than being a cashier.



* IResembleThatRemark: In ''Ramona The Brave'', Mrs. Quimby comments that Ramona seems cranky this morning. Ramona insists she's not cranky, but the fierce scowl on her face tells a different story.
** In ''Beezus and Ramona'', Ramona is acting sulky at the dinner table and Mrs. Quimby says, "Where's my Merry Sunshine?" Ramona scowls and then yells, "I am ''too'' a Merry Sunshine!" After a few moments, she repeats this sentence, then runs out of the room.

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* IResembleThatRemark: IResembleThatRemark:
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In ''Ramona The Brave'', Mrs. Quimby comments that Ramona seems cranky this morning. Ramona insists she's not cranky, but the fierce scowl on her face tells a different story.
** In ''Beezus and Ramona'', Ramona is acting sulky at the dinner table and Mrs. Quimby says, "Where's my Merry Sunshine?" Ramona scowls and then yells, "I am ''too'' a Merry Sunshine!" After a few moments, she repeats this sentence, then runs out of the room.room when told GoToYourRoom.
** Also in ''Ramona Quimby Age 8'' Ramona gets grumpy after her second day in bed. Mrs. Quimby smiles and says she knows Ramona is getting better because she's "acting like a wounded tiger." Ramona in a grumpy tone informs her, "I'm not acting like a wounded tiger."



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Yard Ape. He hassles Ramona a lot. He also sticks up for her when she's nearly in tears over her teacher having been mean, and when she's sick with the flu sends her a unique get-well-soon card instead of copying from the blackboard like most of the kids did.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Mrs. Kemp, Howie's grandmother. She has very little redeeming moments and keeps blaming Ramona for things that Willa Jean does, even though Willa Jean is her grandchild and thus her responsibility. TheLastStraw is when Ramona cries at dinner when recounting getting blamed for Willa Jean breaking an accordion gift, and the Quimbys decide that Ramona can come straight home if Beezus watches her.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Yard Ape. He hassles Ramona a lot.lot and in his first scene stole her new eraser. He also sticks up for her when she's nearly in tears over her teacher having been mean, and when she's sick with the flu sends her a unique get-well-soon card instead of copying from the blackboard like most of the kids did.



* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Ramona feels upset that no one told her about Aunt Bea marrying Howie's uncle.

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* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Ramona feels upset that no one told her about Aunt Bea marrying Howie's uncle.uncle, and Beezus admits she feels the same way.


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* NotSoAboveItAll: In ''Ramona And Her Mother'' Beezus gets one bratty moment by wanting a salon haircut, and has her mother spend an entire day driving to a beauty school where she can get the closest thing.


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* OpenMouthInsertFoot: At Ramona's birthday party in ''Ramona's World'', Susan comes with an apple and says she's not allowed to eat cake because it has Ramona's germs from when Ramona blew out the candles. This immediately makes most of the guests scrape off the frosting, and Ramona is understandably furious. Finally her new friend Daisy eats the cake and says there's nothing wrong with it, leading to the RealityEnsues moment where the other kids call out Susan for being impolite, and she starts to cry because she thinks no one likes her.


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* PetTheDog: Yard Ape has two moments in ''Ramona Quimby Age 8''. After the fiasco where Ramona accidentally cracks a raw egg over her head, and Mrs. Whaley calls her a showoff and says, "What a nuisance!" Ramona is in HeroicBSOD drying her hair in the principal's office. Yard Ape then comes to get her, doesn't make fun of her and says not to worry about "Old Whaley". He also starts calling her "Egg Head," which is slang for a smart person, and then makes up his own get well card when she gets sick.


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* TraumaticHaircut: Subverted when Beezus while getting a beauty school haircut comes out with her hair looking like a "cheap wig". It turns out that her stylist used too much hair product, and when the product is washed out the cut isn't that much different from how Mrs. Quimby does the girls' hair.
16th Jul '16 9:27:58 AM KingLyger
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* AgeAppropriateAngst: It actually is age-appropriate. Ramona's problems are all things kids her current age can relate to.

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* AgeAppropriateAngst: It actually is age-appropriate. Ramona's problems are all things kids her current age can relate to.to. These include being late for school, having to deal with a substitute in place of her favorite teacher, and worrying about getting the wrong kind of sandwich in her lunch.



* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Ramona and Beezus.

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Ramona and Beezus.Beezus get such a moment after [[spoiler:the family cat Picky Picky dies]] in ''Ramona Forever''. The incident causes them to bond and grow closer.



* DeathByNewberyMedal: ''Ramona Quimby, Age 8'' and ''Ramona and Her Father'' avert this trope: despite each winning a [[NewberyMedal Newbery Honor]], neither book has anyone die. In ''Ramona Forever'' [[spoiler:the family cat Picky Picky dies of old age]], but this trope is downplayed: the loss itself adds less to Ramona's character development than her sisterly bonding with Beezus does as [[spoiler: they bury him together]] and resolve an earlier misunderstanding.

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* DeathByNewberyMedal: ''Ramona Quimby, Age 8'' and ''Ramona and Her Father'' avert this trope: despite trope. Despite each novel winning a [[NewberyMedal Newbery Honor]], neither book has anyone die. In ''Ramona Forever'' [[spoiler:the family cat Picky Picky dies of old age]], but this trope is downplayed: the loss itself adds less to Ramona's character development than her sisterly bonding with Beezus does as [[spoiler: they bury him together]] and resolve an earlier misunderstanding.



* FashionHurts: Ramona and Beezus's shoes pinch their feet in ''Ramona Forever.'' They find a better use for them. {{Subverted}} when it turns out that this is by ''accident'': their mother hadn't realized the girls outgrew the shoes.

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* FashionHurts: Ramona and Beezus's shoes pinch their feet in ''Ramona Forever.'' They find a better use for them. {{Subverted}} when it turns out that this is was by ''accident'': ''accident''; their mother hadn't realized the girls outgrew the their shoes.



* ForeignRemake: The 1980s series moved the setting from UsefulNotes/{{Portland}} to [[UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} Southern Ontario]] [[CanadaDoesNotExist with the serial numbers filed off]].

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* ForeignRemake: The 1980s series moved the setting from UsefulNotes/{{Portland}} UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}, Oregon to [[UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} Southern Ontario]] Ontario]], Canada, [[CanadaDoesNotExist with the serial numbers filed off]].



* GoshDangItToHeck: Ramona yells '''GUTS!"''' ''Ramona the Brave.''

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* GoshDangItToHeck: Ramona yells '''GUTS!"''' "'''GUTS!'''" in ''Ramona the Brave.''Brave'' when trying to curse. Not only is no one shocked, they actually think it's funny.



** Davy, TheWoobie who Ramona takes pity on in kindergarten? His parents divorce (it's mentioned in the background) when he's in second grade, implying that maybe his school troubles were related to home troubles (and one passage in ''Ramona the Brave'' suggests he's dyslexic).
** Susan, the spoiled too-perfect girl who Ramona at first likes (in early books), but gradually starts to not be able to stand (in later ones)? She has a breakdown in fourth grade about having "to be perfect all the time".
** And, indeed, the Ramona series itself was a spin-off from the Henry Huggins books, which focused around Beezus' (implied) boyfriend Henry and his adventures with his dog Ribsy. Ramona, in contrast, was rarely the focus of any scene and was more of a nuisance than anything.

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** Davy, TheWoobie who Ramona takes pity on in kindergarten? His It's mentioned in passing that his parents divorce (it's mentioned in the background) when he's in second grade, implying that maybe his school troubles were related to home troubles (and one passage in ''Ramona the Brave'' suggests he's dyslexic).
** Susan, the spoiled too-perfect girl who Ramona at first likes (in in early books), books, but gradually starts to not be able to stand (in in later ones)? ones? She has a breakdown in fourth grade about having "to be perfect all the time".
** And, indeed, the The Ramona series itself was a spin-off from the Henry Huggins books, which focused around Beezus' (implied) implied boyfriend Henry and his adventures with his dog Ribsy. Ramona, in contrast, was rarely the focus of any scene and was more of a nuisance than anything.



** In kindergarten Ramona's told to sit at a particular seat "for the present" which she thinks means a real wrapped gift. She struggles to remain sitting the entire day in anticipation for the supposed present, and is justifiably upset when the teacher finally explains what she meant, ie, "sit here for now", leaving Ramona feeling cheated.

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** In kindergarten Ramona's told to sit at a particular seat "for the present" which she thinks means a real wrapped gift. She struggles to remain sitting the entire day in anticipation for the supposed present, and is justifiably upset when the teacher finally explains what she meant, ie, "sit meant ("sit here for now", right now"), leaving Ramona feeling cheated.



* RaisedByGrandparents: WordOfGod says that Mr. Quimby's grandmother raised him. He says this outright in the tv show.

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* RaisedByGrandparents: WordOfGod says that Mr. Quimby's grandmother raised him. He says this outright in the tv TV show.



** Mrs. Griggs was also Beezus' first grade teacher, and Beezus got along with her just fine. She says that Mrs. Griggs wasn't a very exciting teacher, but she wasn't mean either. Beezus also says, "I was the kind of child she liked. You know ... neat and dependable." This seems to suggest that Ramona's problems with Mrs. Griggs are the result of a personality clash rather than outright meanness on Mrs. Griggs' part.

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** Mrs. Griggs was also Beezus' first grade teacher, and Beezus got along with her just fine. She says that Mrs. Griggs wasn't a very exciting teacher, but she wasn't mean either. Beezus also says, "I was the kind of child she liked. You know ...know... neat and dependable." This seems to suggest that Ramona's problems with Mrs. Griggs are the result of a personality clash rather than outright meanness on Mrs. Griggs' part.



* SliceOfLife: A big part of why the books are so much fun!
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: ''Definitely'' on the idealistic side. It's a fine example of TropesAreNotBad, as the idealism and upbeat tone of the books are part of their [[LongRunners multi-decade lasting]] popularity and charm.

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* SliceOfLife: A big part of why the books are so much fun!
fun is that they take ordinary, everyday problems of a young American child in suburbia and make them seem like the most important crisis in all of history.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: ''Definitely'' Definitely on the idealistic side. It's a fine example of TropesAreNotBad, as the The idealism and upbeat tone of the books are part of their [[LongRunners multi-decade lasting]] popularity and charm.
1st Jul '16 9:33:17 AM AnotherWanderingGhost
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* MeaningfulEcho: Kindergarten-age Ramona, who has just learned about Show and Tell, asks what Beezus is taking for ''her'' Show and Tell. Beezus informs her that older kids don't have Show and Tell. Two years later, Ramona gets in trouble for taking her pajamas to school, and Beezus suggests she might have taken them for Show and Tell. Ramona mentally grumbles that Beezus is just trying to make her look silly, as she knows perfectly well that second-graders don't have Show and Tell.
28th Mar '16 4:56:46 AM Mdumas43073
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Well-known and beloved children's book series by Creator/BeverlyCleary about a girl named Ramona Quimby, whose age ranges from 4 to 10 as we see different years of her life.

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Well-known A well-known and beloved children's book series by Creator/BeverlyCleary about a girl named Ramona Quimby, whose age ranges from 4 to 10 as we see different years of her life.
26th Jan '16 2:50:06 AM Adept
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* ShipTease: Beezus and Henry being appointed to play as Mary and Joseph for a church play in "Ramona and her Father" may count. Especially with Beezus acting all shy to be playing Henry's partner, and Henry himself actually agreeing to the role, as Ramona expected him to be too busy to bother with such things. It never goes anywhere, though, since Henry has all but [[ChuckCunnighamSyndrome disappeared from the plot]] since.

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* ShipTease: Beezus and Henry being appointed to play as Mary and Joseph for a church play in "Ramona and her Father" may count. Especially with Beezus acting all shy to be playing Henry's partner, and Henry himself actually agreeing to the role, as Ramona expected him to be too busy to bother with such things. It never goes anywhere, though, since Henry has all but [[ChuckCunnighamSyndrome disappeared [[ChuckCunninghamSyndromedisappeared from the plot]] since.
26th Jan '16 2:48:44 AM Adept
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* DemotedToExtra: Henry Huggins, the protagonist of the prequel series, barely gets any mention in the ''Ramona'' series.



* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: Picky-Picky in ''Ramona Forever'' dies quietly of old age. The girls bury him in the back yard and share memories of him.]]


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* ShipTease: Beezus and Henry being appointed to play as Mary and Joseph for a church play in "Ramona and her Father" may count. Especially with Beezus acting all shy to be playing Henry's partner, and Henry himself actually agreeing to the role, as Ramona expected him to be too busy to bother with such things. It never goes anywhere, though, since Henry has all but [[ChuckCunnighamSyndrome disappeared from the plot]] since.
3rd Jan '16 9:13:53 PM Pamina
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* DeathByNewberyMedal: ''Ramona Quimby, Age 8'' and ''Ramona and Her Father'' avert this trope: despite each winning a [[NewberyMedal Newbery Honor]], neither book has anyone die.

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* DeathByNewberyMedal: ''Ramona Quimby, Age 8'' and ''Ramona and Her Father'' avert this trope: despite each winning a [[NewberyMedal Newbery Honor]], neither book has anyone die. In ''Ramona Forever'' [[spoiler:the family cat Picky Picky dies of old age]], but this trope is downplayed: the loss itself adds less to Ramona's character development than her sisterly bonding with Beezus does as [[spoiler: they bury him together]] and resolve an earlier misunderstanding.
2nd Nov '15 7:46:35 PM Segal991
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*GoshDangItToHeck: Ramona yells '''GUTS!"''' ''Ramona the Brave.''
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