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

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  4,251 ratings  ·  136 reviews
The world's smartest mouse is back...and he's going to school! When Ralph learns that his old friend Matt, the bellhop at the Mountain View Inn, is going to lost his job beacuse of mice in the hotel, Ralph gets the houcekeeper's son to take him to school with him. Ralph the mouse causes quite a sensation in the classroom—and gets quite an education himself.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 1983 by Yearling (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
Feb 03, 2014 Cathy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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
Aaron Schroeder
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.
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
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
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
Hassatou Sow
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
"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
Drew D'ambra
Dec 29, 2009 Drew D'ambra rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Kristine Pratt
Not my favorite book by Ms. Cleary, but still clever and interesting how Ralph adjusts to life at school, and how he helps two lonely boys forge a friendship.

I wasn't all that pleased by Ralph in general though. His selfish attitude doesn't really change in the course of the story. I'd hoped by the end he would have been a better mouse, but if anything he's still a bit smug and self-righteous. I just couldn't really like him, even though I liked the story itself.
This was an okay book. but i like it because it was make believe and fiction. my favorite part of the book was when he went to school and the girl saw something in the boys pocket. And it was ralph the little mouse. Then the teacher ask him what was in his pocket and he pulled ralph out and surprising the class like him even the girls. so that was my favorite because most people don't like mice. But i recommend this book to people who like to read fiction books and who like to read about mice.
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Michelle Crawford
Just finished reading this book to my daughter. It lacked character development that even a five year could detect. I thought Ralph was a bit annoying and self-righteous and that he didn't really transcend into a higher level of understanding following his forays into the human environment. There were so many opportunities for this story to encompass deeper lessons. Now reading Charlotte's Web with my daughter; a great work of children's literature.
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
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
Listened to the unabridged version with the Lovies. Fantastic. Author gifted at showing conflict from perspectives of all involved. Author wonderful at details that a kid would appreciate (i.e. snow, dust, motorcycle building, grooming of a mouse). A true, fun, safe read for the littles. Great vocabulary.
Although the setting may seem less realistic in our modern world, I think the story and the themes are timeless, and completely appropriate for a young reader. I read this one first recently (out of order), but my recollection is that all three in this series are great.
Our first audio book to listen to in the car for school drop-off and pick-up. I've always loved Beverly Cleary, and the kids liked Ralph. I cringed at some of the language (like "stupid"), but still a good time to talk about perceptions and perspectives.
So far, this book is fun. Beverly Cleary is an amazing author with great talent.

Ralph S. Mouse
I don't recall how many times I read about Ralph and his adventures over the years. I do know that my little child self was very disappointed my own hamster Sweetie-Pie was not as talented as to know how to ride a motorcycle. ;)
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I just finished reading this to my daughter, and she loved it as much as I did at her age. Looking forward to reading them to my son in a year or two. Great series for the kids.
Robin (jason&robin)
Cute book. I didn't realize that this was a series when I picked it up at the library. It was a short and cute book that the kids enjoyed listening to in the car.
Heath Salazar
Wonderful book

My daughter has read this book and is very pleased with it and it teaches children not to be so selfish and to be found of reading
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
I re-read this book while in search of a good read-aloud for my kids. Cleary's tale of a very human mouse who not only rides a motorcycle but also can speak--though very few can understand him--is an engaging one in which he flees to school in attempt to save his motorcycle from destruction and his friend from being fired. The personalities and conflicts in the story seem fairly true to the early-to-mid elementary years, and all is neatly tied up in the end, which is a nice touch for young reade ...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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