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Ralph S. Mouse (Ralph S. Mouse #3)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  5,201 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
Ralph "Smart" Mouse is fed up with living at the county inn with his rowdy mouse cousins who always want to ride his motorcycle. When his pal Ryan Brambie takes him to school, Ralph is delighted with his new home and instant rise to fame.

But Ralph doesn't like it one bit when he's in a mouse exhibit and a reporter writes that there are mice throughout the school! What's wo
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 28th 1990 by Dell (first published 1982)
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Jade Nichole
Ralph,a small,smart mouse living in a hotel with his big family.They try to stay out of sight.Ralph decides he needs to leave the hotel. Riding his small motorcycle around just isn't safe anymore,especially when his cousins are constantly begging to ride it. Ryan, a small boy that lives in the hotel with his single mother is one of the few people that can hear and understand Ralph when he talks. Ralph one day gets Ryan to take him to school so he can start a new life there, but finds out it's no ...more
Dec 21, 2015 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a lot of people like Marcello, James, and my brother Benjamin
I liked this book the best of the series about Ralph. I liked that Ralph S. Mouse was smart enough to run a really hard maze. Ralph got his name from Ryan because he was smart. The 'S' stands for smart. One of Ryan's classmates asked him, "What's his last name?" and he answered, "Mouse."

Ryan's classmates were writing poems about Ralph S. Mouse because they wanted to have a mouse exhibit. One of Ryan's classmates had a poem. Brad wrote this poem. "Mouses are dumb. They are not very good animals.
Feb 18, 2016 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
This one was a definite improvement on Runaway Ralph. The story came to a satisfying and cute conclusion, not lingering on inactive sections too long and spurring on character development in a believable way.
Feb 01, 2014 Cathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Battle of the Book
Ralph's pesky cousins are wrecking his motorcycle, and his janitor friend, Matt, is in trouble because there seem to be mice in the hotel. All in all things are not going well at the Mountain View Inn. So Ralph persuades his young pal Ryan to take him to school. Ralph is an instant hit with Ryan's classmates. But he doesn't like being forced to run through a maze or the threat of an exterminator coming to the school. Worst of all, Ryan gets into a fight with a classmate, and Ralph's precious mot ...more
Oct 09, 2016 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm loving these Beverly Cleary books as much as my daughter is. I hope she'll let me read aloud to her for years to come. Classics!
Drew Graham
Ralph S. (stands for Smart) Mouse and his family are in danger of being discovered and exterminated, so he comes up with a plan -- he convinces the housekeeper's son Ryan to take him along to school, where Ralph can broaden his horizons and gain more education and keep the hotel staff's jobs secure. Before long he finds himself the subject of a class project, having the run of the school during the night, and trying to clear his good name from some bad press, not to mention his quest to reclaim ...more
Hunter Soerens
Mar 20, 2016 Hunter Soerens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ralph S. Mouse

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This book was really interesting. It was fun to read about all the things that mice might actually be thinking. It was also cool to see that a little mouse could make two kids best friends. It’s nice to see that It has real life scenarios.


When midnight struck at a hotel way up in the mountains, a mouse named Ralph came riding out of his hole on a motorcycle. He went right through the puddles of muddy water and anything else he can go through with it. His rel
Hassatou Sow
Jul 15, 2012 Hassatou Sow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finish-reading
the thing that i think of this book is that i gave it five stars because it was so amazing and it is about ralph and his motorcycle was going to school with ryan because his sisters and brother is going to tell on him for not letting them rides and him and his pesky cousin accidentally make a mess at mountain view inn and ralph is wory because matt might get fired because of him and his cousin.ralph decides that he better leave mountain view inn and so he acts ryan his best friend to take him to ...more
Bryce Akey
The main character is Ralph S. Mouse. Ralph and his little cousins make a mess at the Mountain View Inn. Ralph decides that it would be better if he left the inn. He persuades his friend, Ryan, to take him to school with him. All of the class instantly falls in love with Ralph. Ralph gets mad when the class tells him that he has to run in a maze, and Ryan won’t give him back his motorcycle until he runs the maze. Ralph’s motorcycle gets wrecked when Ryan get in a fight.

Ralph is the main charac
Jun 06, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I got this out of the library for my 1st grader. His teacher had read the story to the class over the period of a week or so. He loved the story so much, he wanted to read it for himself. Unfortunately, (while I was certain we own a copy) I couldn't find our copy, and the library copy was already checked out. So, we got the audiobook for him to listen to in his room. He listened to it every day for 4 or 5 days until his little brother asked to have the music back at bedtime. I ended up downloadi ...more
Julie Decker
Beverly Cleary's books about a smart mouse who rides a motorcycle are fanciful and a little strange, and though I enjoyed reading the story, I tend to prefer when Ms. Cleary writes realistic situations. There's nothing wrong with writing fantastical situations like talking genius mice--I'm a fantasy author, I know!--but I think the author's major strength is creating recognizable, relatable situations that children see themselves in, and this more whimsical presentation of a mouse protagonist me ...more
The final entry in the Mouse trilogy is probably my favorite. There is considerably more plot movement that in the first two, and Ralph, while still essentially mousey in his character, does rise above himself and act out of genuine altruism - in other words, This time he runs away to save Matt's job rather than because he's upset with his cousins! The human characters are better developed too, and everything wraps up to the mutual satisfaction of all players. A worthy conclusion to a series tha ...more
Aaron Schroeder
Apr 24, 2013 Aaron Schroeder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading "Ralph S. Mouse". Ralph is at school. The only way for him to get back to the inn and get his motorcycle is to make it through the maze the class created. The plot surprised me a bit and was very interesting. I recommend this book to all ages because it is very easy to read and is enjoyable.
Sep 17, 2016 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new series of Beverly Cleary books for me. Interesting but I prefer people books to animals, generally. A pre-read to recommend to my grandchildren.
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Interest Level Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent 4.1
It was a little bit boring,but at the end it was interesting.
Class 302
Jan 25, 2017 Class 302 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite quote:
Nimbly he leaped to the top of the partitions and caught a whiff of pure peanutbutter and took off from the top of the maze. He would show them who was smart.
A short summary of this book:
First,Ralph was in the inn.Then ,he went to the school and found it nice.Finally,he went back to the inn and shared his new gift.
3 reasons why i would recommend this book: is fun to read . is a adventure . is good for all ages
by: Elena age 7

My favorite quote:
"Is when a mouse said
Ashton Schimmelpfennig
I love this book! I highly encourage others to read this book and the other books in this series. This is a fun tale about a mouse and his adventures. It also includes his beloved motorcycle! This book reminds readers that no matter how much your family may drive you crazy, in the end, you will miss them when you are apart.
Blaire Malkin
First in this series is definitely still the best. In this one Ralph goes to school and is instrumental in creating a friendship between two lonely boys.
Drew D'ambra
Dec 29, 2009 Drew D'ambra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids 8-11
Recommended to Drew by: I found it
Ralph S. Mouse written by Beverly Cleary is an adventure book. A little brown mouse was found underneath the couch in Ryan's apartment. He was waiting under there and watching T.V. until night time and everyone was asleep so he could ride his motorcycle. Ralph S. Mouse is the main character and the S. stands for smart which was given to him by the little boy Ryan who finds him. Ralph is smart, adventurous mouse who's motorcycle is is most prized possession. Ryan is in the fourth grade and he is ...more
Laura Verret
I have read Beverly Cleary’s Dear Mr. Henshaw and wasn’t too impressed by it. However, a friend encouraged me to try Ms. Cleary’s Ralph S. Mouse series. I’m glad she did - as I had resigned Ms. Cleary’s books to my ‘unlikeable’ pile, I probably would never have read this cute little story.

The Story.

Pb-b-b, b-b-b. Oh, how Ralph loves his motorcycle! His favorite place to ride it is in the hotel lobby where he can skid through the puddles and ride under the beautiful grandfather clock. Mmmm-mm! It
Jesse Whitehead
In this book Ralph goes to school with his new friend. At school he sparks a debate about the cleanliness of mice and makes a new friend.

That’s really all there is to say about this book. It seemed to build up to something that never came. There was a lot of talk about exterminating all the mice and about how smart Ralph was but in the end all he did was chew holes in things and sit in a glass bowl and sulk until the bully decided to be nice and buy him a new motorcycle.

Maybe I’m expecting too m
"School was never like this, Stuart Little!"

Hooray! Our freewheeling motorcyclist mouse pal is back—just as spunky and determined to continue his not-so-secret lifestyle as a Night Rider at the Mountain View Inn. No reforms for our Ralph! This time he has a new boy to train as his pit crew/accomplice in daredevil, hot wheel antics.

Family problems plus a guilty conscience result in Ralph’s taking a vacation from the Inn (call it Cooling off); he spends a week at Ryna’s school. When the clever
Jun 03, 2013 Madeline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Ralph is a mouse who lives in a hotel. Unlike most mice, Ralph can speak to certain humans (only humans who have a passion for fast vehicles and a certain loneliness about them). When he is sick and tired of his younger relative mice bugging him to ride his motorcycle, Ralph convinces his friend, a human boy named Ryan, to let him live at school. While in the new strange surroundings Ralph has many experiences: becoming a popular guest of Ryan’s class, roaming the school hallways after hours, ar ...more
This story is about a mouse named Ralph. Ralph lives with a boy named Ryan. Ralph the mouse has a motorcycle he likes to ride. Ryan brings Ralph to school with him and the kids at school really like Ralph. There are worries about the school exteriminator and whether Ralph will be safe at the school. The story is for the 8 - 12 year old child. There are some real life situations dealt with in this story that the intended audience may be able to relate to. The story touches on a school yard fight ...more
This is a difficult book to rate, since I read it out loud to my boys (8 & 5). The boys liked the book, but seemed less excited about it than the first two books. Judging by their reaction, I'd rate the book 4 stars.

If I wasn't taking the kids into consideration, I'd rate it 2 stars (and I loved the first two books!

This final book in the Ralph series (published 12 years after the first two), seems to have just lost some pizzazz. It also feels very preachy. There's a lesson to be learned in t
Jennifer Margulis
A rather sullen, soggy story that takes place in Cucaracha, California. Ryan is the new kid in town. His mom works at the hotel, which is where he lives. He doesn't know where his dad is. Brad is his nemesis at school. His father drops him off every morning in a tow truck. Ryan thinks Brad is full of himself. Brad thinks Ryan's a rich snob. For Brad S. in Ralph S. Mouse stands for stupid.

Then there's Ralph. He has a big list of problems for such a small mouse.

I love Beverly Cleary and give most
Liss Capello
Though neither sequel is as strong on the face of it as the Mouse and the Motorcycle, I feel like Ralph S. Mouse is head and shoulders above Runaway Ralph in terms of narrative complexity and character development. Whereas in Runaway Ralph we saw Ralph leave the inn in search of adventure and wind up at a summer camp, where he had various escapades and ended up trying to help a loner, this book sees Ralph dealing with the fallout of his own frustration towards his many greedy relatives, and puts ...more
Three and a half stars... In this tale, Ralph, of "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" fame relocates from the hotel where he lives to Room 5 at Irwin J. Sneed Elementary School. This story has more conflict in it than its predecessor: Ralph doesn't want to share his motorcycle with his cousins, he nearly loses his friend, Matt, his job at the hotel, he becomes lonely at the school, he is misunderstood, and his motorcycle breaks. It's resolved nicely at the end, and I suppose the issues of selfishness ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Perla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the book was interesting but some were really boring or to easy what the story was about was a mouse that lived with a family and a his owner understand what he said because he liked what he liked and the boy took him to school and told him what to do and he got mad he got mad because the boy told him to do stuff or he wont see his motorcycle again so he had to do it and then the boy got in a fight and almost killed the mouse in his pocket he escaped but brock his motorcycle and made a p ...more
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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 Quimby and her sister Beatrice ("Beezus"), Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse.

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