Ralph is not like the other mice at Mountain View Inn. He is always looking for excitement! Now all of his adventures are here in one audio collection!
Mouse and the Motorcycle
Ralph S. Mouse
©1982 Beverly Cleary (P)2007 HarperCollinsPublishers
My son loved the Henry Huggins and Ramona stories, and since he is still very young I was hoping the Mouse and His Motorcycle stories would be even more age appropriate. But these stories lack the charm of those other Beverly Cleary books. The worst thing about them is how much bickering and negativity you hear from the kids and even the mouse. There's a lot of complaints about people and things being "stupid" or "boring." The characters are constantly whining and complaining. The narration doesn't help, as all the characters sound essentially the same, and the female characters sound like the actor is mocking them. By the third book, my son was asking me to turn it off.
No. All the voices sound alike, and the female voices are particularly bad.
I loved this as a kid but love the fact that my daughter and I listen to this every day.
B. D. Wong has great sounds and voices for the characters.
Mother and catlover
The Ralph S. Mouse Audio Collection is a great fun collection. It ranks with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for quality amongst children's books.
Of course my favorite character was Ralph the mouse. His mood and temper was affected by circumstances, but he was able to learn. And I love the imagination that both the author and the mouse were able to play.
He did extremely well with all characters. O
My only complaint is that the books were played out of order. _Runaway Ralph_ should have been BEFORE _Ralph S. Mouse_. The motorcycle, after all, is destroyed in _Ralph S. Mouse_, but it's a vital part of _Runaway Ralph_.
While I found the narrator to be less than exquisite, I do believe he does an adequate job.
I grew up reading the adventures of Ralph and his motorcycle and I will never forget how much I love these books. I do enjoy Ramona and her antics, but something about Ralph and his spirit has stuck with me for over 18 years. I will always recommend this collection.
Here is my seven-year-old daughter's review:
I like it a lot! I listen to it every night, even though I fall asleep before the end. I think Ralph is cool because he is the only mouse with a motorcycle. I think B.D. Wong does a great job. He sounds very sophisticated, and I like sophisticated readers. Beverly Cleary writes a lot of great books, and you get three of them in one set. I'm astounded.
Fun for boys!
Ralph making the ultimate sacrifice for his human friend.
Edward Herrman. Mr Wong did a terrible job on the voices of the female characters -- they all, human and mouse, sounded elderly and cranky. Awful!
I started reading these stories when my son was a little boy and they are still charming and funny.
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