Book Review: The Mouse and the Motorcycle

The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Ralph S. Mouse #1
by Beverly Cleary

My rating: 5 / 5
Genre: Children’s classic, fantasy

Ralph is full of adventure, and I am full of nostalgia for my younger days. I don’t actually remember if I read this book, but I definitely saw the ABC Weekend Special episode based on the book, probably a few times. This book is fun and exciting, and while it is full of things that modern kids wouldn’t necessarily understand, I think that just makes it all the more of a classic. It’s a great chance to explain about how things used to be, though this book even predates parents of the kids that are the right age for the story. It’s a book I wish I’d read to my kids when they were younger; they would have loved hearing me make the sounds of the motorcycle and ambulance and maybe even an attempted mouse voice. There’s nothing profound here, but it’s a fun adventure for kids.

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8 thoughts on “Book Review: The Mouse and the Motorcycle

    • I wish I could remember details like that about what I read when I was young. I can’t even remember for sure whether I read this one or not. Not that I don’t remember anything I read when I was young, but not nearly enough. It’s definitely a great story though!

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      • I don’t remember many, but this is one of the few I owned. I also didn’t start reading until 4th grade (so around age 10?). 😅 I remember loving Julie of the Wolves & Martin’s Mice and another by the same author, but that’s about all I remember from that time.

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        • I’ve not read either of those, and haven’t even heard of Martin’s Mice. Sometimes I get quick reminders of books I read, but don’t remember what books they were. Like, I think one of the ones that stuck with me the most was The Summer of the Swans, but I think I’d have to read it again to see if it’s the story I’m thinking of–and maybe I should!

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