School Library Journal Best Book award
Synopses & Reviews
Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary ramps up the humor and adventure in the second book in the Mouse series.
With a motorcycle to rev and the open road to see, Ralph S. Mouse is itching to run away from his overprotective family. But once he escapes to a summer campground nearby, the horrors of the wild make him doubt his plan. Angry cats, scary watchdogs, and grouchy gophers are only the half of it! But then he befriends Garf, a sad and friendless boy at the camp. Though he wants desperately to be back home with his relatives, Ralph realizes that he may need to help Garf before he can help himself.
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"Cleary again successfully combines fantasy and reality." Booklist
"Life with family is too stifling for a daring young motorcyclist, eager to try his wheels...a funny story with a sympathetic hero." School Library Journal
"The same combination of simplicity, realistic detail, ingenuity, and humor that made The Mouse and the Motorcycle a resounding success." The Horn Book
Ralph is on the run!
Fed up with his family, Ralph decides to hop on his motorcycle and head down the road to Happy Acres Camp. Unfortunately, life at camp is not all peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! A strict watchdog, a mouse-hungry cat, and a troubled boy named Garf keep Ralph on his toes and away from his precious motorcycle. Perhaps home is not such a bad place to be...if only Ralph can find a way to get there again!
About the Author
Beverly Cleary's birthday, April 12th, is celebrated across the country on D.E.A.R. Day, with activities related to the Drop Everything and Read Program. One of the most popular and honored authors of all time, Beverly Cleary has won the Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8and Ramona and Her Fatherhave been named Newbery Honor Books. She makes her home in coastal California.