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The Mouse and the Motorcycle

  Cleary, Beverly


Publisher: W. Morrow
Number of Pages: 158
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Genres:

Animals
Fantasy

Material Type/Location:

Youth Fiction

Reading Level:

2-3
4-5

Awards:

Voice of Youth Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

Ralph is a young and reckless mouse who makes friends with a boy named Keith who is vacationing with his parents in Room 215 of the Mountain View Inn. Keith has a toy motorcycle that Ralph is able to drive because he can make the right “pb-pb-b-b-b” sounds. When the boy gets sick, Ralph goes on a dangerous adventure to find an aspirin for his new friend. Ralph is shown, at first, to be a young, reckless, and an immature mouse, but as the story unfolds he shows that he can be sympathetic and responsible. The interactions between Ralph and the boy and Ralph and his mouse family (who are constantly reminding him to be careful, “remember what happened to Uncle Leroy…”) are a lot of fun as are Ralph’s many adventures... especially when he gets trapped in the wastebasket after admiring the toy motorcycle for the first time. This is one of my all-time favorite children’s books!

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Reviewed by: David Nelson on 4/1/2008

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