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Mouse and the Motorcycle (Ralph S. Mouse #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  44,714 ratings  ·  996 reviews
Ralph the mouse was terrified. All he had wanted to do was ride the little motorcycle someone had left on the table. Instead, both Ralph and the motorcycle had taken a terrible fall - right into the bottom of the wastepaper basket. He was trapped, left to wait for whatever fate was in store for him.

But it turned out to be Ralph's lucky day. Along came Keith, the owner of t...more
Published 1965 by William Morrow
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This, the underrated, overlooked and oft forgotten prequel 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 film Motorcycle Diaries, for which it was rumored method actor Gael G...more
Jason Koivu
The Mouse and the Motorcycle BLEW MY MIND when I was about 8 years old. I remember thinking, "It's a mouse, okay. And he's riding...a motorcycle?!!" 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! 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 t...more
Brian Harticat
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.
Read this aloud to the kids and they loved it. Remember just loving this when I was a kid as well . . . but wasn't as interested as an adult as I thought I would be (hence only 4 stars). Do love the quaint nature of the story and characters and wish more current chapter books for kids were written like this instead of featuring street smart kids from dysfunctional families. Childhood should be a time to be immersed books like Charlotte's Web, Homer Price, and Mouse and the Motorcycle. Loved that...more
Zach Costello
"The Mouse and the Motorcycle" is a book about a mouse named Ralph who lives in a hotel. One day a family come into the apartment where Ralph lives. One boy has some toy cars and one is a motorcycle. When the family is gone Ralph decides to take the motorcycle for a ride. Ralph ends up falling into a wastebasket. When the family comes back the child finds Ralph. The two are able to talk to each other, and they become friends. Later in the book Ralph loses the motorcylce and the child becomes ill...more
A childhood favorite revisited. It's a simple story, free of extraneous threads and unneeded distractions, and portrays its characters in small scenes that give the reader enough space to let his imagination wander. Maybe I'm a cynic, but a tale this direct would probably have a hard time being published now.
Tony DiTerlizzi
Mouse buddy + toy motorcycle = Awesome!
Brandon Loehrke
“The Mouse and the Motorcycle” was a fun book to read. This book is about a mouse named Ralph who lives in room 215 of an old hotel. Ralph is growing up and doesn't have the trust he thinks he deserves. A boy’s toy motorcycle changed just about everything in Ralph’s life. Ralph and the boy became friends. Ralph had to prove to the boy that they can be friends again and make everything better before the boy leaves the hotel.

The book is told in the third person narrative. This story is about Ralp...more
Oliver Radtke
I just finished “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary. The book is about a young mouse named Ralph. He lives in a hotel with his mother and two younger siblings. He wants to explore the hotel more but his mother will not let him. Then one day a boy name Keith checks in at the hotel and both of their lives change. Both Keith and Ralph can both understand each other and Keith lets Ralph drive his mouse sized motorcycle. They both help each other throughout the book and they really get t...more
Jan 11, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read chapter books
I vaguely remember reading this as a preteen. I can't wait to read it again with our girls!

July 2013 update: We finally got around to this one. I borrowed an audio CD of this book, with William Roberts as the narrator. Unfortunately, the story seemed a bit old fashioned and dragged in places - our youngest complained that she was bored with the book about halfway through (so did my husband), but we listened on and she seemed to be more engaged in the story toward the end. The CD was a bit garble...more
Review from an 8-year-old:

"This book is about a mouse and a motorcycle that he rides when he goes out of a mouse-hole and onto a dresser. He thinks to himself, 'I bet I can ride that,' and later on he can.
The motorcycle belongs to a boy named Keith. Keith and the mouse (Ralph) become friends. It is interesting because Keith and the mice can talk to each other but no one else can understand mouse talk.
Ralph has many adventures. My favorite part is when Ralph has to get a pill for Keith, who get...more
I just finished reading this to my class. Ralph is great. He's an underestimated juvenile mouse who gives a heroic and inspirational (for 4th graders, age or mentality) performance. It was fun to read it to the class because I could show off some motorcycle knowledge and make pbb, ppb, pbb sounds when Ralph rode around.
One drawback: most of the kids had seen the movie version so they already know what was going to happen. Damn Hollywood, stealing all the fun.
Let's start with the stuff I didn't like. I dislike the repeated comments about animal death. It is too blatant to be understandable or appear beneficial to carefulness. Too insensitive to make sense. A worrying mother whom describes graphic death to her offspring in such an age-unfriendly manner (as if such an age-justification exists), while simultaneously undermining the kids' sense of growing up and independence. The essence of such behaviour is one of psychological abuse and the depressing...more
This is a good book for kids and parents too. It engages kids imagination. My son liked the motorcycle and the adventure. We read this book together althought mostly he read it to me and it had good vocabulary and a pretty good pace. He is a first grader but reads at third grade level and it was a good level for him. We are both ready to read the second one. He hopes the second one is similar to this one.
Jen Russell
Perfect read for the boys! The loved it! A little bit of excitement/ adventure with short, somewhat "dangerous" events. A delightful read. Requesting the rest of the series from the library. An added bonus, because the mouse risks his life to find an asprin for friend, a human boy, when he has a fever, Nate now believes in the importance of taking medicine to help lower his fever:)
Audrey (age 5) really enjoyed this book. I probably hadn't read it since elementary school, and it still entertained me, as well. It's kind of funny that Ralph admires and appreciates the motorcycle more than its owner, Keith, but I suppose the gutsy little mouse pulls through for his human friend in the end.
Sarah Null
May 01, 2008 Sarah Null rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children and the young-at-heart
Shelves: childrens, owned
A recent trip to Barnes & Noble to read to the children for Story Hour made me nostalgic for some of the books I loved as a kid. I remember the teacher reading this book aloud to the class when I was very small; probably first or second grade. It's a charming story about a boy and a mouse and a toy motorcycle.
Good lord, that was one of my most favoritest books as a lad, I actually remember my research to discover if a mouse really could drive a mini motorcycle. Okay, well maybe it went no further than me asking my mommy, but I was crushed nonetheless. My 7 year old self gives it 5 stars.
Charles Falla
The Mouse and the Motorcycle is a great story of courage and bravery. Ralph, a young mouse, has always wanted his chance to explore and see the outside world but when he gets the chance he is too afraid to take it. A family with a son named Keith come to hotel where Ralph lives and it takes some encouragement from Keith for Ralph to rustle up some bravery and courage to do what he’s always wanted to do. This book can easily be implemented into a classroom lesson to teach the importance of friend...more
My opinion on the Mouse and the Motorcycle is awesome because the character is about my age and it has some humor in it. The strength of the book is when Keith gets sick and Ralph is going from room to room to find an aspirin. When he finds it he knows it's going to be risky getting it to Keith because if he puts it in his mouth he knows that he can die fir it. The weakness of the book is when Ralph tells Keith to put the motorcycle under the bed because the maid never cleans under there. Then w...more
Mice aren't supposed to ride motorcycles... until now. Ralph the Mouse is an adventurous little mouse, he's longed to do something exciting, like going to the ground floor. When Keith Gridley stays at the Mountain View Inn, he meets a little mouse, Ralph. Keith lets Ralph ride his toy motorcycle, and Ralph goes on a crazy adventure. Read the book to find out what happens

The Mouse and the Motorcycle is a third-person book with the main characters Ralph the Mouse, and Keith Gridley. I would recomm...more
I remember reading lots of Beverly Cleary books growing up, I loved Ramona and Beezus, and Ellen Tebbits was one of my favorites. I can't say I recall reading much of Henry Huggins or the Ralph S. Mouse series though, so it was nice to recapture some of that feeling I so enjoyed from the other books. I loved how Cleary captures the desire of Keith and Ralph both wanting to be seen as responsible by their parents and how wanting to grow up too fast isn't as important as being patient. There are m...more
Jen Doucette
Another of my childhood classics completed with my little man.
Julie Decker
In this book, motorcycle-riding Ralph is a mouse who goes on adventures! An understanding human provides this toy-size cycle for him and finally he can pursue the exploration he always craved.

I wasn't an animal-stories fan and my favorite Beverly Cleary books were the Ramona titles. However, I think there are some kids (especially boys) who would be more likely to get into Cleary's excellent books if they start with a non-human character with an adventurous spirit. Cleary has a talent for making...more
This is the first chapter book my 4 y.o. son has made it all the way through (having it read aloud to him by us, his parents, of course). He's loved it, and his enthusiasm has been contagious:) Will be looking up the rest in the series posthaste!
This is a very well-written childrens' book. The story makes sense once you accept the two fantastic premises, maintains interest and tension, and doesn't oversimplify the vocabulary to write below the level of a competent six-year-old.
A lovely story about Ralph, a daring mouse who longs for adventure. Ralph befriends a young boy who has come to stay at the hotel he lives in. Keith has a toy motorcycle which is just the right size for Ralph to ride. As Ralph gets more and more daring things begin to happen and adventures abound.

Beverly Cleary is a fantastic storyteller with a great style that appeals to young children. Although this story is obviously aimed at boys my 8yr old daughter loved it as well. Both suspense and humor...more
Jacquelyn Hoogendyk
I forgot about how much I love this book! As a child I was obsessed with Beverly Clearly books because of the adventurous manner that Clearly wrote them in! The Mouse and the Motorcycle is about Ralph, a mouse that has inhabited a hole in the room of a motel where Keith and his family have chosen to stay. Keith, a boy who is on a family vacation with his parents stays in the room that Ralph lives in. One day, when Keith is away, Ralph decides to ride the toy motorcycle that Keith has brought wit...more
This adventurous book got my attention when the book first started. The book had me engaged and happy every time I grabbed the book ready for another eager adventure. Ralph, the mouse, meets a boy in a hotel, he noticed that the boy had a toy motorcycle and once he learned, he could ride on the motorcycle with a few magic words! This book took my down memory lane to when I read these sorts of books, and now I am interested in them once again. This short story helped me with my writing and gave m...more
Dec 02, 2008 Mrs. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes mice or motorcycles.
Recommended to Mrs. by: My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Carson
I loved reading this book. It reminded me of when I read this book while student teaching to my fifth graders and we had a mouse named Ralph in the class.
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“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.” 16 likes
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