Guest writer – Ryland

March 25, 2007 at 8:30 pm 56 comments

I’ve been called back to the office again.  I will be there for three weeks.  So I’ve really been busy (again).  And we’ve had a busy weekend as well and I am tired.  Since it’s spring break and the kids are just at home playing Gameboy and NDS, I thought I’d ask my nine-year old son to write this entry since he was very happy when I told him that I would like to post the picture that he drew here.  Please feel free to address your comments to him.

So here’s Ryland:

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

This is the picture I drew for our Literature Circles.  This is a mouse riding a motorcycle.  Because when I read the book, it was my favourite picture I saw.  The title of the book is The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary and illustrated by Louis Darling.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

This is the picture on the book where I copied it from.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle


Keith is a boy and he didn’t know that he was getting watched by a mouse as he entered room 215.  Keith saw the mousehole and he poked his finger into the mousehole but he did not feel anything.  Keith took out his suitcase and took out some toy cars.


Ralph (the mouse) had Keith’s motorcycle.  Then the motorcycle’s paint got chipped off and one of the handles was bent.  Then Ralph and the motorcyle fell into the paper waste basket.  While that Ralph was worried about the motorcycle.  Then the paper waste basket fell and Ralph and the motorcycyle got out of it.  Ralph met Keith and they became friends.  Keith made a deal so Ralph could ride the motorcycle at night but Ralph had to put the motorcycle away in the morning.  Keith was a nice friend to Ralph so he gave Ralph some food.   Ralph was riding the motorcycle then the vacume vacuum cleaner was trying to suck up Ralph and the motorcyle then they got sucked up and they went into the laundry room.


Ralph told his relatives about his adventure.  His mother allowed him to go to the first floor by himself because he is growing up and he is a responsible mouse.   Ralph said goodbye to Keith.  Keith agreed to leave the motorcycle to Ralph.

My feelings:

I felt happy when Keith gave food to Ralph’s family.

I was scared when the vacuum cleaner was dragging Ralph.

I felt good about the deal that Ralph and Keith made about the motorcycle.

Parts of the story I like:

I liked when Keith poked his finger into the mousehole.

I like when Ralph and the motorcycle got out of the paper waste basket. 

I liked when Ralph was spying on Keith.


Entry filed under: Detour, My Sweet Ryland, Raising the 3Rs.

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56 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kyels  |  March 25, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    I like what you drew Ryland, it’s cute and good! Really!


    Well done!

  • 2. Sidney  |  March 26, 2007 at 1:47 am

    Wow! Nice drawing! You are very talented!
    Your drawing is better than the original!
    You need your own blog, young man !

  • 3. verns  |  March 26, 2007 at 2:29 am

    Hi Ryland 🙂

    i like your drawing better because you put colors into it so its more attractive.

    And your summary of the story is pretty good. I wonder who taught Ralph to ride a motorcycle 🙂

  • 4. zeroimpact  |  March 26, 2007 at 3:02 am

    Hi Ryland
    You are a better artist than me
    You drew a very nice and interesting picture

  • 5. rachel  |  March 26, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    hi ryland,
    that was a great job! it is an asset to write and draw at the same time. mom and dad are lucky to have such talented kids. keep it up! by the way, you can be a good spare for mom when she’s busy – keep blogging.

  • 6. Ryland  |  March 26, 2007 at 7:17 pm


  • 7. Ryland  |  March 26, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Sidney,why thankyou and I like your sentences.

  • 8. Ryland  |  March 26, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    Verns,it didn’t say how Ralph learned to ride the motorcycle but good questions and Ilike what you said.

  • 9. Ryland  |  March 26, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Zeroimpact,thankyou for saying that I’m a good artist because when I grow up I will be an artist.

  • 10. Ryland  |  March 26, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Rachel, I did a great job because I took my time and I hope you are talented also.

  • 11. Major Tom  |  March 27, 2007 at 3:32 am

    The illustration is sharp Ryland and with enough practice, it surely gonna improve a whole lot. And by the way, it was a skillful way of storytelling you got there…Maybe one day, you gonna have yourself write a book like the story of Ralph and Keith…

  • 12. pining  |  March 27, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    that is a very good drawing indeed, Ryland 🙂
    you’re gonna be a great artist… thank you for sharing!

  • 13. Ryland  |  March 27, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    Major Tom,I will try to improve more and good sentences.

  • 14. Ryland  |  March 27, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    tita pining,I am a good artist because when I grow up I will be an artist and I like your sentence.

  • 15. bw  |  March 27, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    Signs of creativity there Ryland 🙂 You are a potential artist. Keep it up and ask Mom and Dad to send you to an art school if you become really serious about it 🙂

  • 16. Ryland  |  March 27, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    bw,I will keep it up. I am not sure if I am going to art school but I like your 3 sentences! 🙂

  • 17. niceheart  |  March 27, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    Thank you everyone for all your comments to Ryland.

    Oh boy, is he enjoying this. Now, he’s always looking forward to new comments. I’ve been introducing every commenter to him, like kyels and zeroimpact are both from Malaysia and they go to university together, Sidney is English speaking but he lives in the Philippines, etc. Please pardon me if I got any of that wrong. He’s actually typing all the comments by himself, although I check them first before he clicks on submit. Sorry if it’s only pining whom he called tita. I was actually beside him when he started typing his reply to her. Oh, she’s Filipino? he asked. Yes, I said, and also a mom like me. 🙂 Of course, this is without disrespect to the other titos and titas. 🙂

    He’s been drawing more pictures and wants me to put them up here. We’ll see. Now there’s another one hogging the computer in this house with only one PC and I’m down to visiting only one to two blogs a day. I’ll catch up next time.

    Thanks again guys.

  • 18. iskoo  |  March 27, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    very nice drawing, you have potential to be an artist ang fine blogger, would you consider to put up your own wordpress account?

  • 19. haze  |  March 28, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    Great drawings Ryland ! ! I have a son, he is only 4 yrs. old & trying to learn how to draw too! In fact, I am blogging about it and will post his drawing, haven’t finished it yet ! Am sure you will find it funny co’z I did ! But it was cute! Niceheart your son is very talented ! CONGRATULATIONS & KEEP IT UP ! 😉

  • 20. Leah  |  March 28, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Great work Ryland. My nephew is going to highschool in September and he likes to draw anime a lot. He is very good too. Do you like blogging?

  • 21. Ryland  |  March 28, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    haze,thank you for saying that it was a good drawing and I will find it funny and I will keep it up. 🙂

  • 22. Ryland  |  March 28, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    iskoo,thank you for saying that it was a very nice drawing and I don’t think I will have my own blog but thank you. 🙂

  • 23. Ryland  |  March 28, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    Leah,thank you for saying that I did a great work and I like anime too and I do like blogging. 🙂

  • 24. sexy mom  |  March 28, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    and Ryland, you are smart and gifted–makes your mama proud! you know, when you are ready, have your own blog–where you can post your drawings and your animes, and your thoughts. i’m sure my kids would be some of your readers. thanks, Ryland for sharing! 🙂

  • 25. Ryland  |  March 28, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    sexy mom,Iwill ask my mom if I can have a blog and if I have one I will put some of my drawings and you’re welcome. 🙂

  • 26. niceheart  |  March 28, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    Oh my! Now he wants his own blog. I’ll have to think about that.

    I am still introducing every commenter to him and he is just surprised at how many Filipinos come here at this blog. 🙂

    I also showed him how to make the smiley faces, you know with the colon and right parenthesis and he is just fascinated at how it comes out all yellow and circle after he clicks on submit. Oh, you should see that big smile on his face. 🙂

  • 27. melai  |  March 28, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    You know what Ryland?
    I think you’re going to be a very intelligent blogger just like your mom 🙂

    Aya (my 9 year old daughter) and I read this entry together and I told her to make a comment once she’s free, she’s looking after the computer shop right now and in between her work, yes she has to work :)…. she’s still reading it lol I can hear it through yahoo call 🙂 I hope she can make a very nice comment just so she can catch up with your clever opinion of the story you had presented.

    to niceheart: lol!! wahehehe irene anubayan nakapag ingles ako ng di oras sa anak mo :).. kidding aside naging bonding namin to ni Aya who’s in phils right now :).. guess what pala.. I got my visa by June siguro nandyan na ako 🙂

  • 28. manlinya  |  March 28, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    : When my mother told me to write a comment I did not now what to say. I just have to do this:

    I so like the story he will be a good writer, I know it.

  • 29. shanaya  |  March 28, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    : When my mother told me to write a comment I did not now what to say. I just have to do this:

    I so like the story he will be a good writer, I know it. i am sorry this is aya manileniya”s dauhter

  • 30. sesame  |  March 28, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    Nice drawing Ryland! Post more of your art work. I like to see them!

  • 31. eric aka senor enrique  |  March 29, 2007 at 1:13 am

    Another artist in the family! Hurray!

  • 32. Toe  |  March 29, 2007 at 8:16 am

    Niceheart, don’t ever ever ever bring Ryland to Cambodia. I would definitely adopt him the moment he steps foot here. 🙂

  • 33. KD  |  March 29, 2007 at 9:58 am

    wow! Nice one Ryland. I like your drawing of the mouse, its better than the one in the book because of the color you added and he definitely looks like the guy in the “American Chopper” shown in Discovery channel 🙂 . I hope you will be a great artist and writer someday. Goodluck in your studies.
    We’ll be looking forward to your own blog 😉

  • 34. Ryland  |  March 29, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Shanaya,I’m also 9 years old and I hope I will be a good writer. 🙂

  • 35. Ryland  |  March 29, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Sesame, I will post more of my drawings and thank you. 🙂

  • 36. Ryland  |  March 29, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    KD, I know I will be a good artist but I don’t know if I’m gonna be a good writer. 😉

  • 37. niceheart  |  March 29, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Melai, that’s great news! I’m sure you’ll also like it here in Canada. Sorry I haven’t visited your blog lately. Very busy. Your English is great too ha. Ikaw lang kasi medyo mababa ang self esteem mo eh. Parang ako, minsan. He he he.

    Ako na lang daw ang sumagot sa comment mo, sabi ni Ryland. Thank you daw. I explained to him that Aya is working already and they’re just the same age. He can’t quite comprehend why.

  • 38. niceheart  |  March 29, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Thank you Eric. We were just at a parent-teacher interview last week and I noticed on the portfolio that he showed me that he mentioned a few times that he’s good at drawing and that he wants to be an artist. So there you go. 🙂

  • 39. niceheart  |  March 29, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    Toe, I explained to him what adopt means and he hugged me tight and he said he didn’t want to be adopted. I’ll miss you mommy, he said. 🙂 And then I had to also explain why you would want to adopt him. Well, because I talk about you and your brothers in my blog and I also post your pictures. What did you tell them? Oh something you said that’s funny. Which pictures did you show them? Well, your new pictures and there’s one where you were wearing diapers on new years’ eve. Oh mommy, you have to tell me. Ayan, nabuking tuloy ako. 🙂

  • 40. niceheart  |  March 29, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    KD, he asked me how to draw the winking face. Ayan ginaya tuloy. 🙂

  • 41. Lazarus  |  March 30, 2007 at 3:12 am

    Very nice drawing Ryland!. I used to draw too when I was at your age. But it was nothing compared to your work.

  • 42. cruise  |  March 30, 2007 at 5:39 am

    thats cool Rayland… if i will go back to my childhood days i would probably exert more effort in doing sketches like one you did here. very nice work.

  • 43. Ferdz  |  March 30, 2007 at 9:19 am

    You’re a budding artist Ryland. I can see you being a great storyteller someday. Keep on drawing and reading!

  • 44. manilenya  |  March 30, 2007 at 10:48 am

    actually she’s not working as in swelduhan 🙂 nagkataon lang walang tao sa shop ng sis ko sya pansamantalang nagbabantay at grabeh naririnig ko sya kung paano maningil at magsabing time na yung customer .. taray pwede ng magmanage ng sariling shop lol!

  • 45. Ryland  |  March 30, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    Lazarus, thank you but I hope your drawing was still good. 😉

  • 46. Ryland  |  March 30, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    Cruise, thank you but probably when you get older you’ll be good at drawing. 😉

  • 47. Ryland  |  March 30, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    Ferdz, thank you and I will be a good writer and a good artist and maybe someday I will make a book. 🙂

  • 48. niceheart  |  March 30, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    Ah gano’n ba melai manilenya? Pwede na siyang negosyante. 🙂

  • 49. ann  |  March 30, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    Hello Ryland! Nice Drawing. Tell your mom to make a separate blog for your drawings or be a regular writer here…hehehe.

  • 50. kathy  |  March 31, 2007 at 8:35 am

    Uy, Ryland, you’ve got talent! Thanks for sharing your drawing. I think you have a great potential for being an artist someday. Keep up the good work.

  • 51. rachel  |  March 31, 2007 at 11:07 am

    Naku NIceheart I think it’s time to move over, Ryland has overshadowed your popularity- aba and daming response! Kidding aside, that’s a good exposure for him. It was a good move on your part to let him try it . I think he is enjoying it too. Keep it up.

  • 52. Ryland  |  March 31, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    Ann,Why thank you. I think I’m gonna put my pictures here once in a while. 🙂

  • 53. Ryland  |  March 31, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    Kathy,thank you and you’re welcome. And I will be a good artist and I will keep up the good work. 😉

  • 54. niceheart  |  March 31, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    Onga Rachel eh. 🙂 I just might hand over this site to him. 🙂 He really did enjoy it. But we decided not to start a blog for him, at least for now. At saka they go back to school next week so he won’t have time to do this. But he has been drawing his pictures and wants me to share them here. So I will every now and then. 🙂

  • 55. Belle  |  April 1, 2007 at 12:45 am

    nice drawing Ryland. did you get it from your mom or dad? keep drawing!

  • 56. Ryland  |  April 2, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Belle,thank you and I got that picture from the book and none of my mom or dad are good at drawing and I will keep drawing. 😉


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