Parents' Guide to

Ralph S. Mouse Series

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Lovely classics have adventure, empathy, a talking mouse.

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+


We did this series as an audiobook. My son has listened at least 20 times over the last two years. I finally listened with him in the car and they are so adorable and funny. They get at that childhood feeling of not wanting your mother/family telling you what to do because you feel "big", but in adorable mouse form. And there's a lovely new boy-mouse friendship in each story. I liked that the setting changed with each book. Some series books seem like boring copies, but these were very different from each other. Ralph lives in a hotel in book 1, goes to a summer camp in book 2, and goes to a school in book 3. This was his first Beverly Cleary experience, but now we've read them all. So funny!

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This is a sweet, kind series from start to finish, with plenty of gentle adventure and inspiration for tomfoolery. Who wouldn't want to find a friendly mouse zooming around on a shiny motorcycle or sports car, ready to talk about plans and listen to troubles? Beverly Cleary's Ralph S. Mouse series has a wonderfully even pace: just fast enough to keep more advanced readers' attention, slow enough that readers starting to dig into longer chapter books aren't overwhelmed, and a great read-aloud. The books are big on empathy among both mice and humans, and have a warmth that reminds readers to look for moments of wonder in the world around them.

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