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ISBN-13: 9780064410045
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/15/2006
Series: Ralph Mouse Series , #1
Edition description: Boxed Set
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 93,092
Product dimensions: 7.78(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.58(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

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 up.

Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.


Carmel, California

Date of Birth:

April 12, 1916

Place of Birth:

McMinnville, Oregon


B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1938; B.A. in librarianship, University of Washington (Seattle), 1939

Read an Excerpt

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Chapter One
The New Guests

Keith, the boy in the rumpled shorts and shirt, did not know he was being watched as he entered room 215 of the Mountain View Inn. Neither did his mother and father, who both looked hot and tired. They had come from Ohio and for five days had driven across plains and deserts and over mountains to the old hotel in the California foothills twenty-five miles from Highway 40.

The fourth person entering room 215 may have known he was being watched, but he did not care. He was Matt, sixty if he was a day, who at the moment was the bellboy. Matt also replaced wornout light bulbs, renewed washers in leaky faucets, carried trays for people who telephoned room service to order food sent to their rooms, and sometimes prevented children from hitting one another with croquet mallets on the lawn behind the hotel.

Now Matt's right shoulder sagged with the weight of one of the bags he was carrying. "Here you are, Mr. Gridley. Rooms 215 and 216," he said, setting the smaller of the bags on a luggage rack at the foot of the double bed before he opened a door into the next room. I expect you and Mrs. Gridley will want room 216. It is a comer room with twin beds and a private bath." He carried the heavy bag into the next room where he could be heard opening windows. Outside a chipmunk chattered in a pine tree and a chickadee whistled fee-bee-bee.

Ralph S. Mouse

Chapter One
A Dark and Snowy Night

Night winds, moaning around corners and whistling through cracks, dashed snow against the windows of the Mountain View Inn. Inside,, afire crackled in the stone fireplace. The grandfather clock as old and tired as the inn itself, marked the passing of time with a slow tick ... tock ... that seemed to say, "Wait ... ing, wait ... ing."

Everyone in the lobby was waiting — the desk clerk, the handyman, old Matt, who also carried guests' luggage to their rooms, Ryan Bramble, the son of the hotel's new housekeeper, and Ralph, the mouse who lived under the grandfather clock.

The desk clerk dozed, waiting for guests who did not arrive. Matt leaned against the wall to watch television while he waited for the desk clerk to close up for the night. Ryan, sitting on the floor to watch television, waited for his mother to tell him to go to bed because he had to go to school the next day. Ralph, crouched beside Ryan, waited for the adults to leave so he could bring out his mouse-sized motorcycle. Unfortunately, Ralph's little brothers, sisters, and cousins, hiding in the woodpile and behind the curtains, were also waiting.

On the television set, a sports car crashed into a truck, shot off a cliff, and burst into flames.

"Wow!" Without taking his eyes from the screen, Ryan said, "There's a boy at school named Brad Kirby...

Runaway Ralph

Chapter One
Ralph Rears a Distant Bugle

The small brown mouse named Ralph who was hiding under the grandfather clock did not have much longer to wait before he could ride his motorcycle. The clock had struck eight already, and then eight thirty.

Ralph was the only mouse in the Mountain View Inn, a run-down hotel in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, who owned a motorcycle. It was a mouse-sized red motorcycle, a present from a boy named Keith who had been a guest in Room 215 over the Fourth of July weekend. Ralph was proud of his motorcycle, but his brothers and sisters said he was selfish.

I am not," said Ralph. "Keith gave the motorcycle to me."

That evening, while Ralph waited under the clock and watched the television set across the lobby, a man and a woman followed by a medium-sized boy walked into the hotel. They had the rumpled look of people who had driven many miles that day. The boy was wearing jeans, cowboy boots, and a white T-shirt with the words Happy Acres Camp stenciled across the front.

Ralph observed the boy with interest. He was the right kind of boy, a boy sure to like peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. Since the day Keith had left the hotel, Ralph had longed for crumbs of a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich.

A grating, grinding noise came from the works of the grandfather clock...


Chapter One
From the Diary of Leigh Botts

June 6

This afternoon, as Mom was leaving for work at the hospital, she said for the millionth time, "Leigh, please clean up your room. There is no excuse for such a mess. And don't forget the junk under your bed."

I said, "Mom, you're nagging. I'm going to Barry's house."

She plunked a kiss on my hair and said, "Room first, Barry second. Besides, where would the world be without nagging mothers? Everything would go to pieces."

Maybe she's right. Things are pretty deep in my room. I hauled all the rubbish out from under my bed. In the midst of all the old socks, school papers, models that have fallen apart, paperback books (one library book — oops!), and other stuff, I found the diary I kept a couple of years ago when I was a mixed-up kid in the sixth grade. Mom had just divorced Dad and moved with me to Pacific Grove, better known as P.G., where I was a new kid in school, which wasn't easy.

I sat there on the floor reading my diary, and when I finished, I continued to sit there. What had changed?

Dad still drives his tractor-trailer rig, lives mostly on the road, and is late with his child support checks or forgets them. I don't often see him, but I don't get as angry about this as I did in the sixth grade...

Ralph Mouse Collection. Copyright © by Beverly Cleary. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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RetiredFP More than 1 year ago
My Grabddaughter is in a private school. She needed 3 Accelerate Reader points before the end of the grading period. She, her Mother and I were in the Northwoods Barnes and Nible in San Antonio to choose books for her to read. I saw the collection of Beverly books, and remembered that I had always liked them. We checked the level of the books in the accelerated Reader and they were above her grade level, We purchased the book set . She took them home and read them and passed the tests on them before the end of the grading period. It is very obvious that she also enjoyed the books. She and I would recommend them to any elementary student.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was an adult reading this for the first time to my children as well as myself. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. Ms. Cleary is one of few writers with a real imagination. Every child should hear/read this book.
JovanH470Volny on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Ralph S. Mouse is a mouse who has gained the ability to speak, purely by listening in on children¿s conversation. Yet he can only communicate with children who may be lonesome, and have an interest in cars and motorcycles. Ralph is a very peculiar mouse, he has been granted the luxury of having a motorcycle that he can ride around the hotel lobby in which he resides. Ralph has taken a liking to a oy name Ryan. Ryan, like Ralph has an interest in cars and motorcycles, and because he is new at school he is a little lonely. Ralph one evening rode around on his motorcycle and took a fall on it. His less civilized cousins who did not live in the lobby were jealous of Ralph being able to ride a motorcycle, and that he shouldn¿t because he can barely keep control of it. After pelting Ralph with many insulting words, Ralph can no longer take the constant slanderous remarks about him, and yells at his younger cousins and refers to them as dirty stupid rodents. After that night, Ralph has found that he is endangering his family and one of his good friends job in the lobby, as he is dirtying the lobby floor with his tire marks. The hotel's manager (oblivious to the fact that a mouse who rides a motorcycle caused this mess with his motorcycle) decides that if this nonsense does not stop he will fire the Ralphs friend from not cleaning the lobby, and will set mouse traps to get rid of the mice. After deciding that he is tampering with others¿ lives by fooling around on his motorcycle, and that he can no longer face his cousins, ashamed at what he had said to them, he decides that he will ask Ryan to transport him to his school. That morning, Ryan takes ralph in his parka. Ralph is faced with an other-worldly experience, the bus ride, the masses of children, and the classrooms. While in class, ralph is spotted by one of the children in Ryan's class which causes a big fuss. The teacher asks Ryan to explain and shows that class what he is hiding form them. Ralph is then discovered. At first, the children are frightened and disgusted by the thought of a rodent in the classroom, but the teacher refers to Ralph as a beautiful animal. The teacher then suggests Ryan should construct a maze for Ralph to be tested in. The children soften up to the thought of this idea, and are excited by it. They now look at Ralph as a good member of the school. All the children except for Brad are impressed. Brad thinks of Ralph the way the hotel manager does. The children¿s teacher suggests Brad helps Ryan build the maze. The maze is then constructed, even with complications between brad and Ryan about how difficult the maze should be. Ralph completes his trial in the maze. However later, brad and Ryan end up having a dispute. In the progression, Ralph¿s motorcycle is crushed. Ralph decides that he should have a word with Bradley, regardless if he could understand him. It turns out Bradley¿s interest in motor sports has enabled him to understand Ralph. Also Bradley is also a lonely child, his parents were divorce and it has become lonely without his mother. Eventually, Ralph ties Ryan and Brad together, where they then become best of friends. Ralph receives a special new Lx-1 Laser sports car from Brad in place of his motorcycle. Ralph moves back into the Hotel, and now his cousins can ride in the passenger seat of his new sports car, solving the problem he previously had with them. Brad and Ryan are now brothers as their divorced parents have come together, and now they are both not lonely, and live elsewhere, keeping ralph in their minds.This book is an old children¿s novel, one from the likes of Beverly Cleary a popular children¿s novelist. The book¿s idea of personificating a mouse is much of originality and to add to that, he also has a motorcycle and can talk. What I really liked about this book is how it gave in clear detail how a mouse with higher intellectual capability than your average third grader might think of a remark such as, "Ha! I can¿t believe a
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect for a little adventurer with a big imagination. I bought this for my 6 year and he is loving it. I think it will be one he can go back to again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this is serious as a kid, but my preschooler did not. We actually stopped reading these books because he did not care for Ralph. I still think it is a great series, just maybe for older kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these books my husband is cute and reads them to me for fun, we cant  wait to have a baby to read them these books also great writer you will lovethem tooooooo
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