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The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1965)

by Beverly Cleary

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Series: Ralph S. Mouse (1)

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A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

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  megysu88 | Jun 28, 2023 |
Independent Reading Level: 2nd Grade
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  Taylorsapp | May 4, 2023 |
A really fun read!

Ralph is a mouse who lives in a hotel. In fact he lives in a specific hotel room. He loves when families with young kids stay - they leave lots of crumbs. And older kids may not leave as many crumbs, but they leave higher quality options - half-eaten candy bars at the top of the list.

The current guest in his room is too old for good crumbs, not old enough to leave half-eaten candy. But he has something else - a little toy motorcycle, just big enough for Ralph to ride.

Ralph strikes up a friendship with the boy. They can understand each other because they both love motorcycles - which was kind've cute.

They have some adventures with the motorcycle. But when the boy gets sick and needs an aspirin (and the boys parents can't find one because it's 1AM) Ralph drives off in the boy's toy ambulance on a wild adventure through the hotel to find an aspirin.

A cute, fun book. ( )
  sriddell | Aug 6, 2022 |
I've never read past book one, but now I'm tempted to, the book was always a charming one to say the least. I had no idea this was a series, but I guess it is. ( )
  Yolken | Aug 5, 2022 |
When a little boy with a toy motorcycle comes to stay in the hotel where Ralph lives with his extended family, Ralph and the boy become friends. Ralph gets himself into - and sometimes out of 0 trouble, and performs a heroic rescue mission to find the boy an aspirin when he gets sick. ( )
  JennyArch | Jul 27, 2022 |
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Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D. (Children's Literature)
Ralph, a thrill seeking young mouse living in the Mountain View Inn, makes friends with Keith, the young boy who has just checked into room 215 with his parents. Keith has a shiny mouse-sized motorcycle that Ralph is dying to ride. The friends make a deal. Ralph can ride at night if he promises to leave the bike alone during the day when a mouse on a motorcycle would be likely to attract unwanted attention. A crisis ensues when Ralph's curiosity gets the better of him and he decides to take a spin during the day. Ralph is an endearing protagonist that will win his way into readers' hearts. Children will identify with his curiosity and sense of adventure. They will root for him as he schemes to find the missing motorcycle and put things right with Keith. An excellent story and interesting characters blend well with adorable black-and-white illustrations to make this book a winner. 2000 (orig. 1965), HarperTrophy/HarperCollins, $5.95. Ages 7 to 11.
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Beth (BookHive (www.bookhive.org))
Ralph the mouse finds his hearts desire when a little boy enters the room with the most wonderful of all things- a mouse-sized motorcycle! Ralph and Keith become great friends when they learn that all creatures who share a love for motorcycles can communicate. The excitement begins when Ralph starts riding the motorcycle into every possible scrape imaginable from running into a nasty dog to trying to outrun the vaccum cleaner. He even gets a chance to save the day! This classic story captures a child's fascination with the big wide world and the trials and triumphs of trying to explore it. Follow Ralph as he uses his dream motorcycle to get closer to his real dream--growing up. Category: Classics; Fantasy; Humor. Grade Level: Primary (K-3rd grade); Intermediate (4th-6th grade). 1965, Morrow Junior Books. Ages 5 to 12.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Beverly Clearyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Darling, LouisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dockray, TracyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roberts, WilliamReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rogers, JacquelineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wong, B.d.Readersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zelinsky, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Keith, the boy in the rumpled shorts & shirt, did not know he was being watched as he entered room 215 of the Mountain View Inn.
He grasped the handgrips and, fearful lest his noise be to squeaky, managed a pb-pb-b-b-b. Sure enough, the motorcycle moved.
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A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

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