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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 happen, but a child can dream right 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 to read Ralph S Mouse again so I downloaded the first book in the series to listen to in the car The first mate was not a huge reader of children s books as a younger lad But I was surprised that he did know about Ralph and in fact loved him So we listened to this together.One of the odd things about this series is that I know I have read all three Ralph S Mouse stories But as time has progressed, I seemed to have merged all three of them together I couldn t tell ye which was which After listening to the first book, I know that this was not me favourite Where was the car The biggest difference in listening to this was in how aggressive and forceful Ralph is He was pushy with the boy, Keith and kinda mean towards him I didn t remember that It kinda made me sad as Keith was so sweet about lending Ralph the motorcycle In fact, I really didn t remember much about Keith at all before I listened to this again Me older self was impressed with how kind, generous, and thoughtful Keith was Me younger self obviously thought he was irrelevant and only cared about Ralph.That said, I did still find this to be a sweet and fun story Ralph does redeem himself in the end I do think the magic will still hold up for children I just didn t expect to find fault with it as an adult It makes me wary to reread the rest of the series even though the plots of those next two are muddled beyond belief in me noggin.From the First Mate I don t remember ever reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle as a child There s this vague memory of it being one of the books that my third grade teacher read to the class The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe being the only one that I have a distinct memory of , but I cannot really recall The sequel Runaway Ralph that was one of my favorite books as a child I must have read it a dozen times after my mother purchased it for me from the Scholastic book fair one year In fact, I think I still have that well read copy in storage.Listening to an audiobook version of The Mouse and the Motorcycle leaves me with an odd thought Ralph was written to be way of a jerk than I remembered from Runaway Ralph I don t know if that s because he changes in the second book, or if it s simply the differing ways a child and an adult evaluate characters and their actions In some ways, it appears that Ralph s abrasive personality was meant to distinguish him from the rest of the mice and present him in a daring and assertive way.Ralph aside, the writing of the novel is very enjoyable Similar to the writing of Dorothy Gilman, the work is a series of set pieces that quietly build to a stress event that requires every bit of moxie the protagonist can muster to overcome The pursuit of Ralph s final goal is suitably fun and the tension builds appropriately.I m unlikely to revisit the Ralph books again My good memories of Runaway Ralph are still intact I can convince myself that he s a very different character in the later book , and I just didn t get enough out of The Mouse and the Motorcycle to ever want to read it again That said, I still would say that it s a quality children s book.Captain s Side note Did ye know that Beverly Cleary be 102 years old Check out me other reviews at 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 Mountain View Inn you can expect adventure, humor, and fun for kids and adults I highly recommend this wonderful book 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 rud method actor Gael Garcia Bernal spent months preparing for his role as Ralph only to have the role changed to a believable, though less interesting, Che Guevara In recent years, the books exclusion from the New York Times 10,000 Greatest Books from the 20th Century has spawned a grass roots support group called In the Hearts of Mice. This is a creative albeit bizarre little novel, a funny story with lovable characters and an interesting premise. A childhood book that I just love to no end 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. No telling how many time I read this book when I was a kid One of the top ten of my childhood The Mouse and the Motorcycle BLEW MY MIND when I was about 8 years old I remember thinking, It s a mouse, okaysnd he s ridinga 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 So you can see, my own personal experiences ratcheted up the tension of this otherwise thrilling adventure in which a boy visiting a hotel gives the gift of a toy motorcycle to an adventurous mouse named Ralph Ralph zooms about, getting into mishaps and adventures He s a bit of a hooligan, that Ralph, and he nearly loses the bike But he regains the boy s trust by doing him a daring service The Mouse and the Motorcycle instantly became a personal favorite and made me an even avid reader So to you, Ms Beverly Cleary, I say ^Read Pdf ☠ The Mouse and the Motorcycle ☋ 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 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 Always Fantasized About Venturing Beyond The Second Floor, Maybe Even Outside Curiosity Overcomes Caution, And Ralph Must Have A Go At Keith S Toy Motorcycle Soon, The Headstrong Mouse Finds Himself In A Pickle, When All He Wanted Was To Ride A Motorcycle Lucky For Him, The Boy Understands How It Is When He Discovers Ralph In His Thwarted Attempt To Abscond With The Toy Bike, Keith Generously Encourages The Rodent To Ride He Even Teaches Him The Simple Trick Of Starting The Motorcycle You Have To Make A Noise Pb Pb B B B The Subsequent Situations Ralph Motors Into Require Quick Thinking And Grownup Sized Courage