The Mouse and the Motorcycle

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Book - 1965
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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
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, 1965
ISBN: 9780380709243
0380709244
9780688216986
0688216986
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Cleary, B 1965
Characteristics: 158 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Darling, Louis

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GCPL_Youth Jul 28, 2017

A classic! Dare we say the best mouse/motorcycle related book ever written? Yes, we dare. We dare indeed.

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Blanco10
Feb 23, 2016

Good book has creative imaginary use I enjoyed it very much!

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Rachel_Em
Jan 06, 2015

One of my favorite family read-alouds! Fun, fast-paced, and packed with adventure for all ages.

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era03
Jun 11, 2014

I think this book is great for all familys to read.

JINGNA_1 Jul 01, 2013

This book seemed boring in the beginning, there was this one time i was really bored, and read it. It is kinda interesting.

albert_0 Jun 30, 2013

very interesting with an very exciting story. Will love to see the movie of it!!

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nancytran
Mar 20, 2013

I have not read this book, but I gave it 4.5 stars because my very reluctant 10 year old son told me he actually liked it. He asked me to get the other two books in the series. Very high praise.

purplebike Apr 23, 2012

My 8 yr old daughter really enjoyed the trilogy.

ChristyH May 18, 2011

A timeless tale! Lots of action to keep young kids interested in the story.

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rosepetal16
May 21, 2010

Classic Beverly Cleary. I still don't get tired of re-reading Ralph's adventures.

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Robert Clements Oct 17, 2015

Robert Clements thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 10

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Sep 19, 2015

blue_monkey_5010 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 99

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white_frog_21
Sep 18, 2015

white_frog_21 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 10

lucky_dog_mortal Aug 01, 2014

lucky_dog_mortal thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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era03
Jun 11, 2014

A mouse named Ralph is looking for adventure, but is bored out of his minded at the Mountain View Inn. That all chances when Keith comes with a shiny motorcycle. How will it end?

albert_0 Jun 30, 2013

Ralph is a mouse who lives in the run-down Mountain View Inn, a battered resort hotel in the Sierra Nevada of California. Ralph longs for a life of danger and speed, wishing to get away from his relatives, who worry about the mice colony being discovered. One day a boy named Keith and his family visit the hotel on their way through California. Keith leaves a toy motorcycle on his bedside table, which interests Ralph. While Keith is away, Ralph attempts to ride it, but cannot figure out how to start it. Startled by a telephone ring, he and the motorcycle fall into a metal wastebasket. Keith discovers his missing motorcycle in the wastebasket along with Ralph and the two strike a friendship. Although Ralph's mother worries that he is in contact with humans, Keith shows Ralph how to start the motorcycle--make an engine-like noise--and lets Ralph ride it during the nighttime. While Keith and his family explore California, Ralph recklessly rides the motorcycle through the depths of the hotel. One night he is spotted by Keith's mother, who tells the management, resulting in a war on mice. Ralph and the motorcycle are almost sucked up by a maid's vacuum cleaner, but Ralph escapes, riding into a pile of dirty bedsheets. He escapes by chewing holes in the sheets, but, unfortunately, he must leave the motorcycle behind. After Ralph loses the motorcycle Keith loses trust in him, although he still brings the mice colony room service. One night Keith becomes very sick, and to regain Keith's trust, Ralph searches the hotel for an aspirin tablet, at risk to himself, for the medicine could prove fatal to a small mouse if ingested. His adventures include venturing outside the hotel, being trapped by guests, being chased by a nosy dog, and hatching a plan of adventure which involves a toy ambulance and the elevator. When Ralph succeeds, Keith's health is restored. He agrees to let Ralph keep the motorcycle, which is found by the bellboy, after he leaves, and Ralph uses the space under the TV set in the lobby to use as a garage; the motorcycle is his to keep.

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era03
Jun 11, 2014

"To pilfer a pill, an aspirin tablet.", said Ralph.

albert_0 Jun 30, 2013

“Neither the mouse nor the boy was the least bit surprised that each could understand the other. Two creatures who shared a love for motorcycles naturally spoke the same language.”

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