Episode 18: Beezus and Ramona


Beezus and Ramona

Episode 18 is a total sister act! Alli and guest Penny Luksic — both older sisters in their own families — at long last gab about the Quimby family, focusing on Beverly Cleary’s 1955 Beezus and Ramona, which was the first in the Ramona series. We discuss Ramona’s many pest-like — but lovable — antics, reflect on our own experiences growing up with younger siblings, and chat about the lack of diversity and complexity among families featured in the books of this era. Follow Penny on Instagram (@lennypuksic) and Twitter (@lennypuksic)!


Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood


“10 Beverly Cleary Books We All Want Our Kids To Read” (Bustle, 2016)

“10 Facts About Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Books” (Mental Floss, 2014)

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Check out the opening credits for the 10-episode 1988 TV series Ramona! When I was little, i was obsessed with renting VHS tapes of these episodes from Blockbuster when I was home sick for the day!