The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Ralph Mouse #1) (Paperback)

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By Beverly Cleary, Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator)
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You remember this one, right?  Ralph (the mouse) lives in a motel with his family and ends up befriending a boy (Keith, a human) who is staying in his room.  Keith has an awesome toy motorcycle and Ralph is just the mouse to ride it.  Adventurous and independent, Ralph starts out riding the motorcycle because it is just so much fun.  He learns with time that he also has the capacity to use his bravery to help others. 

This is a good story to revisit as an adult for the nostalgia, but also a solid recommendation for children.  The short chapters and cute illustrations make this a nice choice for children who might be intimidated by longer options or a fun book to read aloud together!

— From Sarah


In this imaginative adventure from Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary, a young mouse named Ralph is thrown into a world of excitement when a boy and his shiny toy motorcycle check in to the Mountain View Inn. This timeless classic now features a foreword written by New York Times bestselling author Kate DiCamillo, as well as an exclusive interview with Beverly Cleary herself.

When the ever-curious Ralph spots Keith's red toy motorcycle, he vows to ride it. So when Keith leaves the bike unattended in his room one day, Ralph makes his move. But with all this freedom (and speed ) come a lot of obstacles. Whether dodging a rowdy terrier or keeping his nosy cousins away from his new wheels, Ralph has a lot going on And with a pal like Keith always looking out for him, there's nothing this little mouse can't handle.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts

Product Details
ISBN: 9780380709243
ISBN-10: 0380709244
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: August 15th, 1990
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Ralph Mouse