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The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Cleary, Beverly (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Mouse and the Motorcycle

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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.
Authors: Cleary, Beverly
Title: The mouse and the motorcycle
Publisher: New York :, HarperCollins,, 2006, c1965
Edition: Reillustrated ed
Characteristics: 186, 8 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Beverly Cleary ; illustrated by Tracy Dockray
Notes: Contains 8 p. of extra material, including Note from Beverly Cleary and a brief excerpt from Runaway Ralph
Summary: 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.
Awards & Distinctions: ["
William Allen White Award, 1968", "
ALA Notable Children's Book"]
Additional Contributors: Dockray, Tracy
ISBN: 0688216986
Branch Call Number: j CLEARY 2006
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This book seemed boring in the beginning, there was this one time i was really bored, and read it. It is kinda interesting.

Report This Jun 30, 2013
  • albert_0 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

very interesting with an very exciting story. Will love to see the movie of it!!

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  • nancytran rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I have not read this book, but I gave it 4.5 stars because my very reluctant 10 year old son told me he actually liked it. He asked me to get the other two books in the series. Very high praise.

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  • purplebike rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My 8 yr old daughter really enjoyed the trilogy.

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  • ChristyH rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A timeless tale! Lots of action to keep young kids interested in the story.

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  • rosepetal16 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Classic Beverly Cleary. I still don't get tired of re-reading Ralph's adventures.


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Report This Jun 30, 2013
  • albert_0 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ralph is a mouse who lives in the run-down Mountain View Inn, a battered resort hotel in the Sierra Nevada of California. Ralph longs for a life of danger and speed, wishing to get away from his relatives, who worry about the mice colony being discovered. One day a boy named Keith and his family visit the hotel on their way through California. Keith leaves a toy motorcycle on his bedside table, which interests Ralph. While Keith is away, Ralph attempts to ride it, but cannot figure out how to start it. Startled by a telephone ring, he and the motorcycle fall into a metal wastebasket. Keith discovers his missing motorcycle in the wastebasket along with Ralph and the two strike a friendship. Although Ralph's mother worries that he is in contact with humans, Keith shows Ralph how to start the motorcycle--make an engine-like noise--and lets Ralph ride it during the nighttime. While Keith and his family explore California, Ralph recklessly rides the motorcycle through the depths of the hotel. One night he is spotted by Keith's mother, who tells the management, resulting in a war on mice. Ralph and the motorcycle are almost sucked up by a maid's vacuum cleaner, but Ralph escapes, riding into a pile of dirty bedsheets. He escapes by chewing holes in the sheets, but, unfortunately, he must leave the motorcycle behind. After Ralph loses the motorcycle Keith loses trust in him, although he still brings the mice colony room service. One night Keith becomes very sick, and to regain Keith's trust, Ralph searches the hotel for an aspirin tablet, at risk to himself, for the medicine could prove fatal to a small mouse if ingested. His adventures include venturing outside the hotel, being trapped by guests, being chased by a nosy dog, and hatching a plan of adventure which involves a toy ambulance and the elevator. When Ralph succeeds, Keith's health is restored. He agrees to let Ralph keep the motorcycle, which is found by the bellboy, after he leaves, and Ralph uses the space under the TV set in the lobby to use as a garage; the motorcycle is his to keep.


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Report This Jun 30, 2013
  • albert_0 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Neither the mouse nor the boy was the least bit surprised that each could understand the other. Two creatures who shared a love for motorcycles naturally spoke the same language.”


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