by Beverly Cleary

I just finished this as a read aloud with my son who hates read alouds. He was completely drawn into the story and even asked me to continue on when our stopping point came at a suspenseful part of the book. He was sad when it was over and wants to read the other books in the trilogy now.
The writing was excellent. It was entertaining for both adults and children. The story was imaginative. The characters were likable (except for Catso!) and well-developed. The conflict resolved in a satisfying, though believable manner and neither of us wanted the book to end.

5 thoughts on “Runaway Ralph

    1. Sure! My son is 8. Though, I guess the first in the trilogy is The Mouse and the Motorcycle, so you might want to start with that one. If your grandson likes being read to, I think he could follow it. There are pictures to help keep little attention spans from wandering. 🙂

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      1. I’m always on the lookout for good children’s books. They’ve all loved Arnold Lobel. Particularly Frog and Toad and Owl at Home, though all of his stories are great. And when your grandson gets maybe just a little bit older, we happened upon an old book series by Walter R. Brooks that starts with Freddie Goes to Florida. Those books are so funny! I’ve been just as entertained by them as the kids!

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