The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly ClearyThe Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

byBeverly ClearyIllustratorJacqueline Rogers

Paperback | January 26, 2016

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This timeless classic now features a foreword written by New York Times bestselling author Kate DiCamillo, as well as an exclusive interview with Beverly Cleary herself.

In this imaginative adventure from Newbery Medal–winning author Beverly Cleary, a young mouse named Ralph is thrown into a world of excitement when a boy and his shiny toy motorcycle check in to the Mountain View Inn.

When the ever-curious Ralph spots Keith's red toy motorcycle, he vows to ride it. So when Keith leaves the bike unattended in his room one day, Ralph makes his move. But with all this freedom (and speed!) come a lot of obstacles. Whether dodging a rowdy terrier or keeping his nosy cousins away from his new wheels, Ralph has a lot going on! And with a pal like Keith always looking out for him, there's nothing this little mouse can't handle.

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew...
Title:The Mouse and the MotorcycleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.5 inPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0380709244

ISBN - 13:9780380709243

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic!!! A favourite childhood classic that withstands the test of excited to share it with the next generation!
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute book! Such a cute book for students.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic! I first read this book 26 years ago and have loved it ever since! Always purchase it for my friends' kids when they reach a certain age so we can read it together and they've all loved it!
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was a fun read I'll be sure to read it my kids if i have any
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood Relived Read this book when I was a child and still love it so many years later, its a great story and a wonderful adventure for younger audiences.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Bit Dated I read this to my four year old. Felt dated to me but she loved it. Edited it a bit as I read.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Mouse and the Motorcycle I have read this book to kids for years. It is a classic in every sense! I do have to edit out sexist and dated parts when I read it to my students. The kids do continue to love the naughtiness of the mouse and the boy and their imaginations are nourished by this story. I use it often to stop and discuss problem solving. i.e. How is the mouse going to get out of the garbage pail? Should the boy keep this secret from his parents?
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Beverly Cleary A great adventure story for young readers
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved Don't love real mice, but loved this book as a child. Fun!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This book was much loved by my Grade 2 students - they were excited to read it each day! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My kids loved it! This was our bedtime story this past week and it was perfect for my 5.5 and 8 year old boys. They always wanted another chapter and were sad when it was finished.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS WHEN I WAS LITTLE Amazing book for kids. A simple story about a mouse and its motorcycle, and the amazing adventures that ensue.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favorite books as a kid! Originally from a school bookfair years ago, I bought this book with some cash from my mom, and read it over and over and over..... the fact I have the title and author memorized to this day is a testimont. This book was one that kept me reading for life. :) #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-01

From Our Editors

Ralph is a mouse with a love for the open road -- preferably on his precious motorcycle! When the adventurous mouse meets a boy with the same passion, it’s a friendship certain to be a dream come true. The Mouse and the Motorcycle is a middle reader novel by Newbery Medallist and best-selling children’s author Beverly Cleary, the author of the Henry and Ramona books and Dear Mr. Henshaw.

Editorial Reviews

One might know that if Beverly Cleary were to invent a mouse, it would be a down-to-earth, boyish mouse with a proclivity for getting into scrapes. A good story!