Beverly Cleary: The Mouse and the Motorcycle



Film Motorcycle Diaries for which it was rud method actor Gael Garcia Bernal spent months preparing for his role as Ralph only to have the role changed to a believable though less interesting Che Guevara In recent years the books exclusion from the New York Times 10000 Greatest Books from the 20th Century has spawned a grass roots support group called In the Hearts of Mice This is a creative albeit bizarre little novel a funny story with lovable characters and an interesting premise I first read The Mouse and the Motorcycle as a young child It is one of the books that stands out in my memory It sparked a love of reading that has stayed with me for a lifetime The local library where my grandmother would take me for story time when I was a little girl had very high ceilings with crown molding all the way around the top Only this library left about a one foot gap between the ceiling and the top of the molding resulting in a small ledgeshelf high up on the wall and all the way around the room On that ledge they had managed to get a Ralph riding a motorcycle around the room I m sure it was some sort of simple pulley system but it did the trick I think I believed in Ralph longer than I believed in Santa Nobody was going to tell me that he wasn t real after seeing him ride around at the library Listening to the audiobook for the first time with my daughters I was happy to see that they seemed to enjoy all of Ralph and Keith s adventures as well It held their attention from start to finish which is invaluable when you re trapped in a car with children This was another one of our road trip selections as we made the 35 hour drive from my home to my grandmother s and back The timing was ust right to finish it on the way there listening to another story on the return tripThis book tells the story of a young boy that is staying at a hotel with his parents Living in the older hotel is a family of mice Ralph is the young boy mouse struggling to stay out of trouble as he yearns for adventure Keith and Ralph become fast friends when Keith rescues Ralph from the wastebasket For the rest of Keith s stay they grow closer forcing each other to view life through a different lens It is a story about kindness responsibility trustworthiness and tolerance Ralph and Keith learn some tough lessons about friendship along the wayOverall this remains a fantastic children s story My girls really enjoyed listening to the adventures of Ralph play out as we listened The narration was good and the length was ust right I definitely recommend this book for young school age children I haven t watched this movie since I was in fifth grade when my teacher showed The Motorcycle and the Mouse movie to the class and years later to stumbled upon the book was definitely a treat It s a charming read with a super charismatic mouse and a kind little boy named Keith Their love for motorcycles and automobiles is the glue to their special friendship Ralph s magic ability to operate a toy motorcycle with saying pb pb h h h sounds is awe inspiring When Ralph travels the halls of Mountain View Inn you can expect adventure humor and fun for kids and adults I highly recommend this wonderful book A childhood book that I ust love to no end No telling how many time I read this book when I was a kid One of the top ten of my childhood. W it is When he discovers Ralph in his thwarted attempt to abscond with the toy bike Keith generously encourages the rodent to ride He even teaches him the simple trick of starting the motorcycle You have to make a noise pb pb b b b The subseuent situations Ralph motors into reuire uick thinking and grownup sized courage.

Another fun and nostalgic re read for me I have very fond memories of reading this book when I was a kid Now I have the pleasure of reading it out loud to my kids I could not be happier in reporting that they loved it tooThis book is a timeless modern classic that is perfect for kids Even though my son is still learning to read he loved listening to the escapades of Ralph S Mouse And because he loved it I hope it promotes his interest in reading books as he gets comfortableThere are a few things here I think may start to get lost on kids as we move farther and farther away from the era it was written in There are mentions of ashtrays in the hallways the descriptions of the hotel are of a classic early 20th century style etc But it is not enough to distract it Transnasal Endoscopic Skull Base and Brain Surgery just could reuire some extra explanations I know my kids were raising their hands with uestions throughoutWhether you are reading this to your kids reading it for the first time as a child probably not a lot of those will be reading my Goodreads review orust discovering it for the first time on your own as an adult there is a good chance you are going to find something you love with Ralph Pb pb b b b ing up and down the hallway on his motorcycle searching for adventure Ahoy there mateys Here I take a second look at a previously enjoyed novel and give me crew me second reflections as it were upon visitin it again The first mate and I talked about the book and I enjoyed his viewpoint so I ordered asked him to write a review Please note that I write like I talk and the first mate writes like he thinks Hope ye enjoyFrom yer CaptainI adored Beverly Cleary s books when I was young The first mate and I were going on a short road trip and I had been wanting to read Ralph S Mouse again so I downloaded the first book in the series to listen to in the car The first mate was not a huge reader of children s books as a younger lad But I was surprised that he did know about Ralph and in fact loved him So we listened to this togetherOne of the odd things about this series is that I know I have read all three Ralph S Mouse stories But as time has progressed I seemed to have merged all three of them together I couldn t tell ye which was which After listening to the first book I know that this was not me favourite Where was the carThe biggest difference in listening to this was in how aggressive and forceful Ralph is He was pushy with the boy Keith and kinda mean towards him I didn t remember that It kinda made me sad as Keith was so sweet about lending Ralph the motorcycle In fact I really didn t remember much about Keith at all before I listened to this again Me older self was impressed with how kind generous and thoughtful Keith was Me younger self obviously thought he was irrelevant and only cared about RalphThat said I did still find this to be a sweet and fun story Ralph does redeem himself in the end I do think the magic will still hold up for children I ust didn t expect to find fault with it as an adult It makes me wary to reread the rest of the series even though the plots of those next two are muddled beyond belief in me noggin From the First MateI don t remember ever reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle as a child There s this vague memory of it being one of the books that my third grade teacher read to the class The Lion the Wit. Pb pb b b b Pb pb b b b With these magic vocables Ralph the mouse revs up a dream come true his very own motorcycle Living in a knothole in a hotel room young Ralph has seen plenty of families come and go some generous with their crumbs than others But when young Keith and his parents check in to the hotel Ralph gets his.

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Ch and the Wardrobe being the only one that I have a distinct memory of but I cannot really recall The seuel Runaway Ralph that was one of my favorite books as a child I must have read it a dozen times after my mother purchased it for me from the Scholastic book fair one year In fact I think I still have that well read copy in storageListening to an audiobook version of The Mouse and the Motorcycle leaves me with an odd thought Ralph was written to be way of a erk than I remembered from Runaway Ralph I don t know if that s because he changes in the second book or if it s simply the differing ways a child and an adult evaluate characters and their actions In some ways it appears that Ralph s abrasive personality was meant to distinguish him from the rest of the mice and present him in a daring and assertive wayRalph aside the writing of the novel is very enjoyable Similar to the writing of Dorothy Gilman the work is a series of set pieces that uietly build to a stress event that reuires every bit of moxie the protagonist can muster to overcome The pursuit of Ralph s final goal is suitably fun and the tension builds appropriatelyI m unlikely to revisit the Ralph books again My good memories of Runaway Ralph are still intact I can convince myself that he s a very different character in the later book and I ust didn t get enough out of The Mouse and the Motorcycle to ever want to read it again That said I still would say that it s a uality children s bookCaptain s Side note Did ye know that Beverly Cleary be 102 years oldCheck out me other reviews at Well this book took me a while to read it s heavy reading but I did get through it This mouse get s a rippin bike and proceeds to kick ass Lot s of foolin around I do think he needed some sort of biker babe for the back seat and maybe have some ties to a biker gang of woverines The mouse didn t have any cool tatoos either All in all a pretty good read The Mouse and the Motorcycle BLEW MY MIND when I was about 8 years old I remember thinking It s a mouse okaysnd he s ridinga motorcycle That IS AWESOME My dad s a mechanic so naturally I worried about things like access to the appropriate sized tools and where the mouse would find parts for the bike I mean it s soooo small What if he blew a plug Is NAPA even going to have that And if it s foreign made well then that s a whole other pandora s box of problems right there So you can see my own personal experiences ratcheted up the tension of this otherwise thrilling adventure in which a boy visiting a hotel gives the gift of a toy motorcycle to an adventurous mouse named Ralph Ralph zooms about getting into mishaps and adventures He s a bit of a hooligan that Ralph and he nearly loses the bike But he regains the boy s trust by doing him a daring service The Mouse and the Motorcycle instantly became a personal favorite and made me an even avid reader So to you Ms Beverly Cleary I say This the underrated overlooked and oft forgotten preuel to Runaway Ralph and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence tells the tail yes I did of one Ralph S Mouse a grease monkey of an entirely different genus Mus Praised in France for its controversial use of alcoholism in mice and free spirited sexuality the book received numerous awards including the prestigious Caldecott Medal It was later the basis for the. First chance to check out He has always fantasized about venturing beyond the second floor maybe even outside Curiosity overcomes caution and Ralph must have a go at Keith's toy motorcycle Soon the headstrong mouse finds himself in a pickle when all he wanted was to ride a motorcycle Lucky for him the boy understands ho.

Beverly Cleary born April 12 1916 is the author of over 30 books for young adults and children Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up and her stories are liberally laced with humour Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona uimby and her sister Beatrice Beezus Henry Huggins and Ralph S MouseBeverly Cleary was born Beverly At