Runaway Ralph

Feb 11, 2022 | Blog, Book Reviews

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.

More From This Category



  1. blmaluso

    Thanks for this review! May I ask how old your son is? My grandson is 6, and I wonder if it would be good for his age?

    • applewooddollhospital

      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. 🙂

      • blmaluso

        Thank you! He loves books and I am looking for some new types to read to him.

      • applewooddollhospital

        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!

  2. blmaluso

    Thanks….I will check those out. He is starting to really enjoy funny, silly, quirky stories😄

Submit a Comment

Stay up to date!