The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

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!

5 thoughts on “The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary”

  1. I have fond memories of this book, read it as a child. If I remember correctly there are two sequels, both with mice, neither one quite as good as the Mouse and the Motorcycle, but fun reads regardless.

  2. So nice to see this one here — and glad you enjoyed as well. I loved this book as a kid, always dreamt of being tiny enough to ride a toy motorcycle. I thought Ralph S. Mouse was simply delightful. Am now married to a Ralph who is a man rather than a mouse, but just as lovable 😉

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