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The Mouse and the Motorcycle [Paperback]

By Beverly Cleary (Author) & Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator)
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A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling

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"Boy " said Ralph to himself, his whiskers quivering with excitement. "Boy, oh boy " Feeling that this was an important moment in his life, he took hold of the handgrips. They felt good and solid beneath his paws. Yes, this motorcycle was a good machine all right.

Ralph the mouse ventures out from behind the piney knothole in the wall of his hotel-room home, scrambles up the telephone wire to the end table, and climbs aboard the toy motorcycle left there by a young guest. His thrill ride does not last long. The ringing telephone startles Ralph, and he and the motorcycle take a terrible fall - right to the bottom of a metal wastebasket. Luckily, Keith, the owner of the motorcycle, returns to find his toy. Keith rescues Ralph and teaches him how to ride the bike. Thus begins a great friendship and many awesome adventures. Once a mouse can ride a motorcyle ... almost anything can happen

Awards and Recognitions
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary & Jacqueline Rogers has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Great Stone Face Book Award - 1983-1984 Winner - Grades 4-6 category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary & Jacqueline Rogers has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 968
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 521

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.5" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.26 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1990
Publisher   HarperTrophy
Age  8-12
ISBN  0380709244  
ISBN13  9780380709243  
UPC  071001004991  

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More About Beverly Cleary & Jacqueline Rogers

Beverly Cleary Beverly Cleary is one of America's most popular authors. Born in McMinnville, Oregon, she lived on a farm in Yamhill until she was six and then moved to Portland. After college, as the children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, she was challenged to find stories for non-readers. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, inresponse to a boy's question, "Where are the books about kids like us?"

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the Amercan Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature.

Her Dear Mr. Henshaw was awarded the 1984 John Newbery Medal, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. In addition, her books have won more than thirty-five statewide awards based on the votes of her young readers. Her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. Mrs. Cleary lives in coastal California.

Beverly Cleary currently resides in Carmel, in the state of California. Beverly Cleary was born in 1916.

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The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary, read by B.D. Wong  May 18, 2008
After purchasing The Mouse and the Motorcycle for a long road trip with my 7-year-old granddaughter, I can't say enough about the story or about the reader, B.D. Wong. While there is at least one other audio version available, Wong is absolutely superb in his rendering of the characters and noises. We rode absolutely enchanted by Cleary's story and Wong's interpretation of it. Although the long road trip is over, my granddaughter still requests that I play The Mouse and the Motorcycle when she rides with me. This will be a favorite of your children and grandchildren. In fact, when I'm invited to book showers for babies, this is one of the gifts I present. It will become an all-time favorite, I guarantee it!
A classic of the purity of imagination and heart  May 7, 2008
I can't remember the last time I read this. I figured it was simple enough to read to my class of 1st graders and sure enough we were soon all in love with the story (though I believe that this is more of a boy book).

It is more than a story about a mouse who uses a human boy for his toy motorcycle. It has a great message of courage, responsibility, and friendship. Ralph is a fascinating character and you come to feel everything he feels. His thoughts are suprisingly deep and thus his courage is wonderful.

This is not one of those little stories that puts a tiny little critter in a situation a normal human would find terrifying. Here we deal with the horrors of owls, vacuums, waste baskets, and the forbidden ground floor of the hotel where Ralph lives. Even so, they become scary and one cannot imagine how Ralph will survive.

An utter classic. Everyone should read it.
Ralph C. Mouse rocks!  Jan 28, 2008
This book really let's you use your imagination and enter the world of a hotel mouse. I somehow missed reading this book as a child. I loved it so much, I went out and bought the 2 sequels. I can't wait to have my 11 year-old son read it.
Secret Friends; Different Species  Aug 2, 2007
"Ralph!" cried his frightened mother, "you haven't been associating with PEOPLE!" That may seem a rather unfriendly thing to say, but Ralph is a mouse. And people are...well..the enemy. Aren't they?

But Ralph has discovered a boy named Keith who can understand his language (and vice versa). Ralph has also discovered Keith has the most fabulous, fantastic, mouse-sized motorcycle, and Ralph is crazy about it. To Keith it is a small, motorless, favorite toy. To Ralph it is the real thing!

And so the secret friendship blossoms: Keith loves Ralph and Ralph loves Keith's motorcycle, which Ralph is allowed to borrow to become involved in all kinds of dangerous (for a mouse) and fun adventures and misadventures. You'll chuckle all the way through.

[Modern fantasy suitable for the intermediate grades.]

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PCE student review  Apr 18, 2007
I highly recommend this book Mouse and the Motorcycle. This is a book parents read to their younger kids, and you will most likely love this book. This book is about a kid and a mouse named Ralph. The kid's name is Keith. He is going to the Mountain Inn in room 215 and Ralph lives in there too. Ralph becomes friends with Keith. Keith decide to let Ralph ride a toy motorcycle and Ralph is only allowed to ride the motorcycle at night. Ralph's family needed food one day and Keith was so nice to give Ralph half of his P.B.J sandwich.
Beverly Cleary is such a good writer. Beverly also wrote the Ramona books. If you like Ramona books you would also be in love with Mouse and the Motorcycle.

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