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The Mouse and the Motorcycle

(Ralph S. Mouse #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  75,872 ratings  ·  1,938 reviews
"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 more generous with their crumbs than others. But when young Keith and his parents check in to the hotel, Ralph gets his first chance to check out. He has al ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published January 26th 2014 by HarperCollins (first published 1965)
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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 ledge/shelf, high up on the wall and
Jason Koivu
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The Mouse and the Motorcycle BLEW MY MIND when I was about 8 years old. I remember thinking, "It's a mouse, okay...snd he's riding...a 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!
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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, too!

This 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 more comfortable.

Matthew Hernandez
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 Mount ...more
Feb 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The Captain
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: younger-readers
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 enjoy!

From yer Captain:

I 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
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
♥ A childhood book that I just love to no end ♥
Rebecca McNutt
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a creative albeit bizarre little novel, a funny story with lovable characters and an interesting premise.
Brian Harticat
Jul 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
No telling how many time I read this book when I was a kid. One of the top ten of my childhood!
Malina Skrobosinski
As a child Beverly Cleary was my favorite author. For some reason I just really loved this one. My mother collected mouse figurines when I was a child, so in a way, I just thought I was so cool being able to share this story with my mom about a mouse who was so intrigued by a toy motorcycle. I bet I read this book a dozen times. I even convinced my mom to let me have a pet mouse in which I named Ralph. Secretly I wished he would ride a motorcycle... but deep down I knew that wasn't going to happ ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So appealing, so delightful, and yet when you think about it, deeply weird.
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Beverly Cleary wrote many children's classics over a career that spanned the entire second half of the twentieth century, and The Mouse and the Motorcycle is one of her most beloved. A kid on vacation with his parents comes together with a mouse who longs to explore the world, and the two have an adventure that takes place almost entirely within a hotel, yet feels much bigger. Keith Gridley and his parents are traveling the West Coast in midsummer when they stop for a few nights in California at ...more
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: both of my brother
I thought that it was nice of Keith to let Ralph have his motorcycle because it was his favorite toy.

I loved the helmet Keith made for Ralph out of a ping pong ball. Ralph loved his crash helmet.

This book reminds me of Stuart Little.

L. McCoy
I normally don’t give a warning on my reviews unless it’s particularly hard R or NC-17 type of discussion however since this is a kid’s book I will warn that there is some strong language and slightly inappropriate humor in this review that is not suitable for kids. Basically don’t complain if your kid learns swear words or asks what a joke I made meant (I mean this site is for ages 13+ for fuck’s sake...).
You’ve been warned.

Sometimes reading a book for no reason other than the title catching yo
Oliver Radtke
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
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.
Zach Costello
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"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
Jose Galvan
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children, parents,
This is a Beverly Cleary book so you know it is excellent, but this book is in a whole other league from Ramona and Henry because of the fantasy aspect. We have ALL played with cars/motorcycles/etc at one point in our lives, and haven't we all daydreamed of the vehicles magically propelling themselves? With a passenger?
Also typing this it just occurred to me that had Ralph met up with Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, perhaps the outcome would have been different? Then again the Rats of NIMH ha
Tony DiTerlizzi
Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mouse buddy + toy motorcycle = Awesome!
✨Sumi's Books✨
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a cute little story. My son loved having me read it to him. 💜
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another sweet and adorable book by Cleary, bringing back some of my best memories from childhood.
Kristen Lesperance
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: landon
This book is great for both adults and children. I had been reading this book to my 7 year old every night and I really enjoyed really it and I know my son did too. It is really cute and funny.
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one is an immortal classic. I loved it as a kid and found it adorable as an adult. It's cute and sweet. The perfect early middle grade and likely one of the best choices for introducing chapter books.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ezra-s-books
Ezra's review "I really like the book because it was pretty cool that a mouse got to ride a motorcycle. And then in the end actually get to keep one. My favorite part was probably when he didn't know what a peanut butter sandwich was. I like Ralph a lot. He's my favorite character. It was medium hard. 7 or 8 year olds should read this because a mouse gets to ride a motorcycle and I think that's pretty cool."
Brandon Loehrke
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
“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 Ral
Ralph Pulner
My girlfriend works in a used bookstore. One of the primary duties of her work requires the buying of books brought in. Her boss is an ex computer programmer and wrote a nifty program/algorithm that cross references book purchasing on Amazon and E Bay. If the book in question is ranked over a certain number then they will purchase said book(s).

My girlfriend has first cracks at all books that come into the store. She has a long list from me of things I'm looking for. Regardless of what the prog
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile, my-kid-read
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
This is the first chapter book that I read aloud to my oldest son.

He absolutely loved it!

I had read this as a child but it had been so long all I remembered was that Ralph rode the motorcycle and that he had a cute little helmet. I'm glad that such a sweet little story was Logan's introduction to chapter books. I mean you can't really go wrong with Beverly Cleary. I plan for us to take on some Roald Dahl next so he is going to have high expectations of books when he starts reading anything lon
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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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