Runaway Ralph (Ralph S. Mouse, #2) by Beverly Cleary
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Runaway Ralph

(Ralph S. Mouse #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  22,562 ratings  ·  483 reviews
Ralph, the adventurous mouse, sets out for a children's summer camp on his motorcycle after being teased and chided by his family. ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published (first published 1970)
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Bianca Sy Sam was already troubled for the cats that were dumped in the camp.
Heather Hocking I would say the reading level is probably good for grades 3-5 or maybe an advanced 2nd grader. I am reading it aloud to my 1st and 5th grader and they…moreI would say the reading level is probably good for grades 3-5 or maybe an advanced 2nd grader. I am reading it aloud to my 1st and 5th grader and they both enjoy it.(less)

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Lars Guthrie
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Because schools so often assign them, over the last few years I've read and reread Cleary's "Dear Mr. Henshaw" and "Strider" countless times, but never went any farther into her catalog. That wasn't due to my opinion of these books (they are both very good) but because I was too old to be aware of Ms. Cleary as a child, so really wasn't familiar with the breadth of her work. It's a little disconcerting to realize that a 90-year-old author wrote her books too late for you to read in childhood, bu ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Young Keith Gridley has moved on from the Mountain View Inn, but not before giving Ralph S. Mouse his cherished toy motorcycle, which sets him apart from every other mouse in the world. Zooming up and down the hotel hallways at night, Ralph is the envy of his cousins, though his mother and Uncle Lester worry. He has a crash helmet Keith made for him out of a halved pingpong ball, but the speeds Ralph attains on his motorcycle have his mother convinced he's doomed to suffer an accident. Still a y ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
I would have to agree with my first review, below. It's really not too bad a book in the end, I suppose, just not my cup of tea. On a side note, Aunt Jill is a #boss and a great, rare example of an actual useful adult in a novel.

First review
I probably would have given this three stars had it come to a satisfying conclusion. Instead, it just sort of ends with the promise that everything is going to turn out all right. Aside from that, it's a rather dragging story, with small bursts of action betw
Cute little story - I especially liked all of the kid songs - "Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts", etc. I'd forgotten about most of those!
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
My son and I are having so much fun reading this series. It's imaginative and heartwarming. ...more
Smitha Murthy
Awww. Aww. Awww. Awww. I can fill this review with just "Awwws," and I still wouldn't be done awwing. Ralph is my favorite mouse. Ever. When my friend gifted the first in the series as a birthday gift to me last year, I fell in love with him - a cute mouse who tucks his tail, hops on to a motorcycle to go racing in the dark! How can you not love him? I had to wait another year for another birthday to go by before my friend remembered to gift me the second in the series.

In second book, Ralph has
Alyssa Husby
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
We are huge fans of Ralph the Mouse in this household! This wonderful series of books is charming for all ages... and can be read and re-read over and over again, without becoming boring or out-of-date. All readers will love Ralph's adventures and giggle at his overwhelming love and obsession with the motorcycle. This is an excellent read-aloud for young kids, even in first grade. You can continue reading the Ralph books with your child, as he/she gets older -- or they may find the motivation to ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Want to do a reread so will review at that time.
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
We've been reading the when big brother is not home. They aren't my favorite read alouds, but my kiddo loves them! ...more
I love this little mouse and wish I had a pet like him! This book was so much more fun than the first one, I thought. Can't wait to read the third and final (sadly) part. ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Read to Brady- 1st grade, at bedtime. He is enjoying the mouse saga- I remember reading them when I was little!
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I would just like to point out that this book is outdated in terms of animal care, such as cedar wood being used for hamsters and mice bedding. Cedar and pine are bad for small animals(birds, too) respiratory systems. Use Aspen or a paper bedding. Just had to say that, because it was bothering me! Also, just FYI, they need bigger cages than you might think! Do your research. :)

The story itself, I still really enjoyed.
Kendra Fletcher
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Perfect first read-aloud for little guys.
Joshua Nielson
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The kids enjoyed the story. Another classic from Beverly Cleary
Robert Leabo
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Runaway Ralph, by Beverly Cleary. Published by Harper Collins in 1970. 175 pages. This can be used in 3rd-5th grade. Guided Reading: 0; Lexile: 890L.

This is the second in a series about Ralph, the mouse, by Beverly Cleary. This story is about Ralph, the mouse, after he has received his motorcycle. It begins with him being teased by his family because all he wants to do is ride his motorcycle and they don’t think it’s safe. Feeling unappreciated, he decides to escape the hotel he lives i
Ms. McGregor
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time reading this, after re-reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle with my 6 yo. After the last page he said he can’t wait to start Ralph S. Mouse! I’m rating based on that. These books have gentle adventures and a cute little mouse riding a motorcycle. Pretty much his wheelhouse, and perfect for bedtime reading.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Cleary is a master of writing children and writing for children. From page 1, she establishes character and lays the foundation for character and plot development. We hung onto every word, laughing and cheering for Ralph. A satisfying read for the entire family.
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
We listened to this on audiobook, and this narrator wasn’t my favorite, because he used this strangely deep and rough voice for Ralph. It was just too hard to get used to; I’m used to thinking of mouse voices as small and squeaky.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit
Very fun - especially the conversation/thoughts of the boys. Hilarious!
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
My 4 year old loved this book!
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ps-2020-summer
I am doing the PopSugar 2020 summer reading challenge and one of the prompts is a book about camping or summer camp. This is a book I had from my childhood, and it was fun to reread it! I enjoyed Beverly Cleary books a lot as a child.
Christina MacIntyre
Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it
This was our bedtime book for the last couple of weeks. The only downside was me mixing up the names Garf and Ralph, but that may have been because I was also ready for bed.
Fun adventure book, my 7 and 11 year old enjoyed it!
VANCE!!!!!!! Porter
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Personal Response: I liked the book Runaway Ralph. I liked how Ralph had a want for a dangerous life. The things that made me connect to the story is that I didn’t like to share with my brother, and speed is one of my favorite things. I always liked pushing the limits seeing how fast or far I can go before I get hurt.

Plot: In the beginning of the book Ralph has a miniature motorcycle. His parents are yelling at him, because it's dangerous to ride it. Ralph doesn’t care so he rides it anyway. Ral
Bryce Akey
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it

This story takes place in Nevada. It is about a mouse named Ralph who lives in a hotel. His most prized possession is a motorcycle that a boy had while he was staying at the hotel had given to him. Ralph can only ride his motorcycle at night because that is when no one in the hotel is awake and he can ride anywhere without getting in trouble. When Ralph gets in a fight with his family, he decides that he wants to leave the hotel and runaway to a summer camp kids go. He takes his motorcycle and d
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ralph is a mouse who lives in a small town hotel with his family. Ralph likes to ride around the hallways at night on his motorcycle. His little cousins annoy him because they always want to ride, and his parents won't stop bothering him about the motorcycle not being safe. Ralph decides he is too fed up with his family, and runs away. He ends up at a summer camp for kids. He enjoys the change of scenery, until one day a boy named Garf captures Ralph to use as the new class pet. Ralph now has to ...more
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Sam Schoenick
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read the book "Runaway Ralph" by Beverly Cleary. This has been my favorite book of the year so far. I really enjoyed this book. It showed a lot of good detail and characterization. It was very easy to follow and had some humor in it also. My favorite part of the book is when Ralph escapes from the hotel.

This book is about a mouse that does not want to be a part of the regular mouse group. Ralph has a motorcycle that he drives around. Ralph adventures away from home and gets into some difficult
Matthew Hunter
Not bad as a bedtime read-along with the kids, but slightly disappointing as a follow-up to The Mouse and the Motorcycle. With her Ramona Quimby tales focusing mainly on the inner and outer worlds of young girls, Cleary uses Ralph S. Mouse to explore the shadow lives of boys. While Keith in The Mouse and the Motorcycle spends little time slogging through despair, Garf's days are filled with inner turmoil, doubt, and the strong desire to be anywhere but summer camp. Granted, I can relate! But bet ...more
May 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is about a mouse named ralph. when he's with his family he lives at the bottom of a grandfather clock. however he longs for something more, an adventure. with his motorcycle at hand, he sets off into the world, learns new things, and meets some new friends on his journey.

i can relate to the books main character ralph because ive learned that we two are very alike. LIKe me ralph loongs to go on an adventure of some kind, also he likes meeting new people and learning new things. i can a
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Beverly Cleary (born April 12, 1916) was the author of over 30 books for young adults and children. Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour. Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice ("Beezus"), Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse.

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