©1970 Beverly Cleary; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"A funny story." (School Library Journal)
"Cleary again successfully combines fantasy and reality." (Booklist)
Great story for kids to listen to in the car
B.D. Wong's performance was excellent.
I bought the next book in the series.
The only problem that I had with this purchased download was that the recording was not segmented into chapters. Instead, it was just one long audio file. I could not backtrack / rewind to the previous chapter. I saved it onto iTunes, transferred it to an iPod, and then played it in the car (2011 Toyota Corolla). When I hit the backtrack / rewind button, the recording skipped back to the very beginning, no matter where it was in the story. So, if we did not hear a part of it, or we had to pause for a moment, we had no option to rewind it to the beginning of the current chapter. The only option was to start completely over at the beginning.
I read this book with my 10 year old grandson and we enjoyed it immensely. I would recommend it to a parent/grandparent/child team.
It is a gentle story similar in feel to 'Stuart Little' or 'Charlotte's Web'. The character learns much about life and lessons are 'taught' without being moralistic. The character's naivete and the author's touch of humour is very endearing.
B.D Wong also narrates the other book in the 'Ralph' series. His voice animates the mouse perfectly.
My kids were quiet and didn't make me crazy during a long road trip. They were very interested.
B.D. Wong put great energy into reading this story and made the characters come to life.
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