Cover of: Runaway Ralph | Beverly Cleary


  • Illustrator
    Tracy Dockray

About the Book

One of the most popular characters ever created by Beverly Cleary is the small brown mouse named Ralph, whose modest appearance disguises the soul of a daredevil. Now he returns in a book that tells of his adventures when he runs away on his mouse-sized motorcycle.

Ralph's destination is a summer camp, for medium-sized boys and girls, where he hopes crumbs are dropped from many peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. After an exciting ride through the night, the intrepid Ralph arrives. Instead of finding freedom. however, he lands in a cage, doing endless loop the loops on his exercise wheel. A lonely boy named Garf brings him sunflower seeds and water, but there is no communication between the two. How Ralph and Garf discover they speak the same language involves a villainous cat, a grouchy hamster, and many campers. Each episode is funnier than the last.

On one level, Mrs. Cleary's story is an amusing tour de force. On another, she says something important about running away that is all the more effective because it is unobtrusive.

About the Edition

Ralph is the only mouse living at the Mountain View Inn who owns a motorcycle--which means he has the perfect opportunity to explore the mysterious "summer camp" nearby. Ralph isn't sure what a summer camp is, but he's deterred to find out. One night, fed up with his younger relatives' pesky demands to borrow his motorcycle, h e takes off for Happy Acres Camp.

But once he gets there, he's confronted by a watchdog, a grouchy gopher, and an entire family of cats. Then he's captured by an unhappy boy named Garf. Ralph is desperate to escape...but maybe he needs to help Garf before Garf can help him.

Bevery Cleary's plucky Ralph rides his motorcycle straight to adventure in this classic, newly reissued with illustrations by Tracy Dockray.
(front flap)

Edition Notes


Fiction., Juvenile fiction.
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195, 15 p. :
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876191137, 975838250
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