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

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


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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 into the Mountain View Inn.

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! With a pal like Keith always looking out for him, there's nothing this little mouse can't handle.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688216986
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Series: Ralph Mouse Series , #1
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 395,305
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up.

Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.

Jaqueline Rogers has been a professional children's book illustrator for more than twenty years and has worked on nearly one hundred children's books.


Carmel, California

Date of Birth:

April 12, 1916

Place of Birth:

McMinnville, Oregon


B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1938; B.A. in librarianship, University of Washington (Seattle), 1939

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beverly Cleary wrote Mouse and the Motorcycle. Ralph the mouse comes out of his knothole and climbs up the telephone line to the end of the table. He got on the motorcycle when the telephone rang, it startled Ralph and he fell into the wastebasket. Keith found him and taught Ralph how to ride the motorcycle. Then the friendship begins and many awesome adventures start. I recommend this book to 3rd-5th graders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read it at school and it is awesome. I would recomend this to anyone who likes humor and adventure.its beverly clearys best book yet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun book. I liked reading about the mouse and the boy and how they became friends. I recommend it for other kids my age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves the Ramona books so we added this to our collection. It's a very cute story. Funny too.
AZ_James More than 1 year ago
This book was a favorite of mine in grade school. I bought it as a gift for one of my cousins. He loves the book too. Not difficult to read and full of great imagination, this book will be loved by avid readers and those not-so-avid readers at home. I highly recommend this book for young kids looking to have some fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book in the past and i say that this book is great for 2nd through 5th graders it great for adventure readers and for entertainment readers you and many others would enjoy this book =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend says it is a really good book,
Love2ReadBJ More than 1 year ago
It was the coolest book I ever read. It was funny and challenging. I think people would like to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for young children. I read it to my four year old, I loved that it had language appropriate for a four year old. So many of the books have what our daycare center considers potty words. With a great story line that I enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was about mouse named Ralph who goes on motercycle. This was agreat book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a cool book for kids to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was well written. Way to go Beverly Cleary!
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I love the . I read it in 4th grade. U well love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chapter 2: Dogs! A fierce thunderstorm found Mousetalon resting in a hollowed tree stump. He was busy trying to lick the mud out of his fur. "This is going to take me forever." he growled. Suddenly, he stopped. Something didn't feel right. Lifting his muzzle, he tasted the air with his partially opened jaws. He scented nothing. "No scent, perhaps, but maybe a sign?" Shifting his body into a stiff state, he waited. And waited. Until he felt something. Something big and already too fammiliar. He already knew what it was before the monstrous shape bore on him. "Dog!" (End of Chapter 2)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book great details awsome book none like it! Its so cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is so cool and the mouse is so funny too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. I loved reading this book before i went to bed. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids loved this book and they were excited when I got it for their kids to read. A fun book!
Papa_JC More than 1 year ago
I've read this to my five year old who really enjoys this highly imaginative story - and so do we. Its another great piece of work from Beverly Cleary, an author with the true ability of seeing the world through a child's eyes, and the vision to bring it to life in words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recomend