Ralph is a mouse who lives in a hotel but thirsts for adventure, and his life is forever changed when he meets Keith, a boy with a motorcycle that’s just the right size for Ralph.
It makes me very happy that my 1,000th review on this blog (which launched almost exactly 6 years ago) is a book that I read aloud to my almost 5-year-old daughter. The Mouse and the Motorcycle was a perfect choice for our very first chapter book, and we both loved it. I had never read this particular Beverly Cleary, though she was one of my favorite authors growing up. Getting the chance to read it aloud gave me a great respect for her craftsmanship as well as her imagination. The plot is inventive and the structure airtight. And Ralph is such a marvelous protagonist, so single-minded in his yearning for the motorcycle, a little bit selfish but brave and honest. Superfast Kid is already itching to read the next one and so am I!