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A young mouse named Ralph looked out Of his mousehole in Room 215 of the Mountain View Inn. The new tenant of the room, a boy, was playing with a little motorcycle just the right size for a mouse. Ralph could hardly wait till the boy left the room. Hurriedly he scrambled up the telephone cord to the bedside table, where the motorcycle was parked. With growing excitement, Ralph mounted the handsome machine and grasped its handgrips. Suddenly the telephone rang, and the motorcycle with its rider rolled off the table into the metal wastebasket. Ralph was sure he was doomed to be thrown out with the trash. Instead, the mouse found an unexpected career as a motorcyclist opening up to him.
Beverly Cleary's first excursion into fantasy is a real triumph in the world of children's books.
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"Pb-pb-b-b-b. Pb-pb-b-b-b." With these magic vocables, Ralph the mouse revs up a dream come true--his very own motorcycle. Living in a knothole in a hotel room, young Ralph has seen plenty of families come and go, some more generous with their crumbs than others. But when young Keith and his parents check in to the hotel, Ralph gets his first chance to check out. He has always fantasized about venturing beyond the second floor, maybe even outside. Curiosity overcomes caution, and Ralph must have a go at Keith's toy motorcycle. Soon, the headstrong mouse finds himself in a pickle, when all he wanted was to ride a motorcycle. Lucky for him, the boy understands how it is. When he discovers Ralph in his thwarted attempt to abscond with the toy bike, Keith generously encourages the rodent to ride. He even teaches him the simple trick of starting the motorcycle: "You have to make a noise... pb-pb-b-b-b." The subsequent situations Ralph motors into require quick thinking and grownup-sized courage. The team of Beverly Cleary and Louis Darling has been a great favorite for decades, introducing young chapter readers to Ramona, Beezus, Henry, and of course Ralph the mouse. (Ages 8 and older) --Emilie CoulterFrom the Back Cover:
Ralph the mouse craves excitement, but it seldom comes along to his mousehole in the sleepy Mountain View Inn. That all changes when a boy named Keith comes to the inn with his family. Ralph soon sees Keith playing with a toy motorcycle that's the perfect size for a mouse!
When Ralph sneaks out to try the motorcycle, his mother is sure he'll come to no good. Instead, it's just the beginning—for Ralph's motorcycling adventures and, even better, for an unexpected friendship.
Beverly Cleary's humorous fantasy adventure has delighted millions of fans worldwide. This engaging classic roars to life with brand-new illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers, and one of the most appealing characters you'll ever meet!
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