Ralph S. MouseBook - 1982
In this third and final Mouse novel from Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary, Ralph heads to school to see what humans do all day . . . and to discover what the "S" in Ralph S. Mouse stands for!
With his rowdy cousins constantly wearing out his motorcycle and the Mountain View Inn manager threatening to take care of the mouse infestation once and for all, Ralph decides it's time to get away for a while. He convinces his human friend Ryan to take him along to school, where Ralph instantly becomes the center of attention. But when Ryan's class decides to see how smart Ralph is by making him run a maze, the usually confident mouse starts to fret. What if he's not as clever as he thought?
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By Alex, age 8
It started at the inn. Ralph was watching TV and Matt tossed down a piece of popcorn for Ralph. Then Ryan came and watched some TV. His mom told him not to stay out too late. He saw Ralph and gave him a wave with his finger then walked away. The next morning, Matt put out the fire and the next morning, Ralph came out and told Ryan to take him to Ryan's school. The Irwin J Sneed Elementary school. Matt's an old man, he works at the hotel. He's the bellboy. Brad got dropped off from a tow truck when Ryan was walking, like, to his class. Ryan and Brad were fighting. Brad didn't know the motorcycle was in Ryan's pocket. It got really broken, it got crushed. Ryan yelled at him. They became friends after. Ralph was missing and all the kids freaked out. A reporter came, they were on the news. They were mad at the photographer and the reporter because they recorded the poems of mice being pests and destroying crops, and they didn't really mean that because it was going to be in the newspaper. And then they wrote a mean letter and one of the kids asked how to spell "blockhead." They regretted it and changed it. Then Ryan's mom and Brad's dad got married. Then they were brothers. Then Brad got a sports car that needed a car noise not a motorcycle noise.
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