Mouse and the Motorcycle, The

Beverly Cleary
"Boy!" said Ralph to himself, his whiskers quivering with excitement. "Boy, oh boy!" Feeling that this was an important moment in his life, he took hold of the handgrips. They felt good and solid beneath his paws. Yes, this motorcycle was a good machine all right.Ralph the mouse ventures out from behind the piney knothole in the wall of his hotel-room home, scrambles up the telephone wire to the end table, and climbs aboard the toy motorcycle left there by a young guest. His thrill ride does not last long. The ringing telephone startles Ralph, and he and the motorcycle take a terrible fall - right to the bottom of a metal wastebasket. Luckily, Keith, the owner of the motorcycle, returns to find his toy. Keith rescues Ralph and teaches him how to ride the bike. Thus begins a great friendship and many awesome adventures. Once a mouse can ride a motorcyle ... almost anything can happen!

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Reviewed: 2016-10-09

This book is about a young boy named Keith who is staying at a hotel with his parents. During his stay he develops a relationship with Ralph, a mouse who lives in the hotel. The story describes the mouse and the childs adventures together at the hotel.

For teachers I always think it is important to read young adult books because it is good to know what your students are reading. Although this book was not the most exciting text for me, it is a good read for students.

I read this book because I have book club meetings with third grade advanced readers. We are currently reading this book together, and the students love the book so far! When we read the students use post-its and mark questions, inferences, predictions, and other observations during their reading. At the end of each chapter we discuss what each student wrote on their post-its. I found that elementary students enjoy using post-it notes, and it allows you as a teacher to see what the students are getting out of the reading. I would recomend this book as a small group reading because I find it beneficial to talk to small groups of students about what they think of the text.

This book led to different discussions such as how can a human and a mouse communicate and how are the mouse and the human similar. It is interesting to note the similarities between the characters even though one is a mouse.

I also think it is important to recognize that this book is fiction. This book involves communication with a mouse and a human and a mouse riding a toy motorcycle throughout the hotel. These events obviously can not occur in real life, and therefore I think it is good to discuss to your students the events in the book that show that this story is not real.

This story I think is appropriate for third and fourth graders depending on their reading level. 

"Boy!" said Ralph to himself, his whiskers quivering with excitement. "Boy, oh boy!" Feeling that this was an important moment in his life, he took hold of the handgrips. They felt good and solid beneath his paws. Yes, this motorcycle was a good machine all right.Ralph the mouse ventures out from behind the piney knothole in the wall of his hotel-room home, scrambles up the telephone wire to the end table, and climbs aboard the toy motorcycle left there by a young guest. His thrill ride does not last long. The ringing telephone startles Ralph, and he and the motorcycle take a terrible fall - right to the bottom of a metal wastebasket. Luckily, Keith, the owner of the motorcycle, returns to find his toy. Keith rescues Ralph and teaches him how to ride the bike. Thus begins a great friendship and many awesome adventures. Once a mouse can ride a motorcyle ... almost anything can happen!
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