Ralph S. Mouse

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Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 6, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
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Ever since he can remember, Ralph the mouse has lived at the Mountain View Inn. But when the manager threatens to rid the place of mice, Ralph hops a ride to elementary school with his friend Ryan, the son of the hotel's housekeeper.

Once at school, Ralph becomes the center of attention after Ryan introduces him to the class as "Ralph S. Mouse." The S, according to Ryan, stands for Smart; but when friendly teacher Miss Kuckenbacker decides Ralph should be made to run a maze, Ralph gets scared. What if he can't get through the maze? What if he's not actually smart after all?

Bestselling children's book author Beverly Cleary brings readers a mouse in a million. His classic adventures now sport charming new illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers.


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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

I do love the Ralph stories. And not just because I'm married to a Ralph; I loved them when I was a kid. But then, don't most kids like stories like Stuart Little, The Borrowers, and The Indian in the ... Read full review

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This chapter book would be something that boys would like. It is about a boy and a mouse so i think boys could really enjoy it. It also has to do with a mouse riding a motorcycle and i feel like all boys would like to read something like that. Read full review

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A Dark and Snowy Night
Ralphs Decision
Irwin J Sneed Elementary School
Life at School
The Great Mouse Exhibit
The Maze
The Cucaracha Voice
Ralph Speaks
The Surprise

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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.

Tracy Dockray studied Fine Arts in New York. Her career spanned from sculpture to puppetry to painting murals in hospitals, school playgrounds, and children's rooms. Finally she began to illustrate children's books. She has illustrated over 20 books including two that she wrote herself and the Harper Collins editions of Beverly Cleary's Ramona Series and The Mouse and the Motorcycle Series.

Jaqueline Rogers has been a professional children's book illustrator for more than twenty years and has worked on nearly one hundred children's books.

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