Runaway Ralph

by Beverly Cleary

Paperback, 1998

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Description

Ralph runs away looking for freedom but winds up a prisoner at a summer camp.

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LibraryThing member tiger417
runaway ralph was a great book.i would recomend it to someone who likes fiction.i did not want to stop reading.i like her books. this one was great.
LibraryThing member nmhale
In this sequel to The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Ralph runs away from the hotel. He is fed up with the adults scolding him to be more responsible and his cousins pestering him for rides. When his mom forces him to give rides to the little mice, and declares that he will have to make it a nightly habit, he has had enough. One of the guests at the hotel is a boy, Garf, headed to camp. Ralph has seen many of these campers over the years, and he discovers that the sweet bugle notes that he hears every night emanate from the same Happy Acres Camp. Envisioning a life filled with careless kids who drop plenty of food to eat, Ralph makes his escape.

The road to the camp is filled with perils, but Ralph bravely endures. Once he reaches Happy Acres, though, his dream of an idyllic life is shattered. The watch dog tries to keep him out, a pack of cats nearly eat him, and he is eventually caught by Garf and held captive in a mouse cage in the art room. Now Ralph knows that living on his own is not the wonderful paradise he thought it would be, and he longs to return to home. After befriending Garf, and using a little smart planning, Ralph might just be able to work everything out after all.

Another classic kid book that I never read when I was younger. I can see the appeal for children, with cute talking mice and wily cats. For some reason, I was a bit uninterested in the beginning of the story. I do like Ralph, but I wasn't too invested in his getaway. I was certain he would be fine, so none of the dangers threatening him caused me much tension, and I only became more engaged when the story included Garf and his difficulties. I was much more anxious to find out if Garf could make friends and clear his name, and the story was a faster read for me after those plot elements were introduced. Throughout the book, though, I was amused at how much like an adolescent Ralph is, and was glad to see that he learned some lessons and matured by the end of the book. The story is perfect for young kids, with a good message and a lot of fun adventure, and is a pleasant read for older persons, as well.
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LibraryThing member netaylor
Runaway Ralph follows the exciting adventures of a little mouse named Ralph as he embarks down the open road, away from his family and home at the Mountain View Inn, on his little red motorcycle. Ralph learns valuable lessons on his journey of self discovery.
LibraryThing member HankIII
It's a mouse, his motorcycle, and his world of enlightenment and cat dodging--not to be missed when the rodents of life start gnawing away at your soul. Make sure your helmet is made out of a ping pong ball.
LibraryThing member capiam1234
My boys loved the first book a lot and they always liked hearing about Ralph's encounters, but the excitement wore down a quarter through on this one. The kids in this one weren't as likable as they were in the first and that may have been why this one ended without any immediate requests for the next one.
LibraryThing member HeidiAngell
I loved this book as a kid, and am amazed how well my garage sale copy held up! My youngest picked it off the shelf for our family reading time as we are in between series.

It was unfortunate timing, as we had just put out poison because over a month of live traps had not cured our mouse infestation. But the book was as fun and as charming as I remember, and left me feeling very guilty when my son begged me to go back to the live traps and pleaded to keep one as a pet. Alas, the poison did its job.

Cleary's writing is far from brilliant, but her storytelling is superb. She breathes life into her characters and now I have a bit more insight into why I don't like cats, I feel guilty for putting out poison to kill mice, and I always dreamed of going to summer camp! Still loved it after all these years!
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LibraryThing member TheReadingMermaid
Such cute little stories in this series. Easy for my son & I to enjoy. Looking forward to reading the 3rd installment.
LibraryThing member capiam1234
My boys loved the first book a lot and they always liked hearing about Ralph's encounters, but the excitement wore down a quarter through on this one. The kids in this one weren't as likable as they were in the first and that may have been why this one ended without any immediate requests for the next one.
LibraryThing member Davis22
In my opinion the most exciting, engaging, and universally loved Beverly Cleary book of them all. It is the only book of its kind where kids sit still, pay attention, and are genuinely disappointed when the bell rings to end class. What is not to love about a lovable young mouse, that is tired of his hum-drum life, setting out on an adventure on a red motorcycle to find quarter from family, repetition, and those ever present parental expectations that make this little mouse so easy to relate to at any age?… (more)

Publication

HarperCollins (1998) 175 pages

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

1970

Physical description

175 p.; 5.25 x 0.25 inches

ISBN

0380709538 / 9780380709533

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