Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

In case you didn’t know, today marks the 100th birthday of author Beverly Cleary!

I enjoyed her books as a child, and she seems to be one of the few authors that I’ve recommended to kiddo that he likes.  So instead of the normal routine after dinner, we talked a bit about Mrs. Cleary.  I brought home a kid friendly biography (thanks, Scholastic!) and then he picked a book to read.

His choice was The Mouse and the Motorcycle.  Here’s the original cover art, and a picture of him with the most current one.


He graciously allowed me to interview him after he finished the book, although he asked to approve photos of himself before they were posted online.  That was the second picture, since he deemed the first one unacceptable due to messy hair.  (Seriously.)

If you could give the book another title, what would it be?   I don’t know. I think the name is perfect for it.

Which characters would you like to meet in real life?  Ralph, because I would like to see him ride his motorcycle.  I’d also like to meet Keith so that I could see his sports car and ambulance.

Would this book make a cool movie or video game?  Oh yeah! The video game could have a level where you drive the ambulance.

What is one thing you would ask the author?  Will there be a book about Ralph and the sports car?

What do you think the author wants readers to remember most about this book?   That you should think before you act.  Ralph drove the motorcycle into a pillowcase and had to chew a hole to get out.  Sadly, he had to leave the motorcycle behind.


I’m a super proud Mama on that last answer, in case you were wondering.  It’s nice to know that the things I’m trying to teach him are sticking in there somewhere!

What’s your favorite Beverly Cleary book?


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