Identify this cheesy book, please

I’m remembering this scene from a book I read ages ago, I was probably a child when I read it, so it was probably published before 1990 or so. The scene is of a mouse or gerbil that is enticed to run in its exercise wheel by a piece of cheese mounted outside the wheel. Just to make sure the mouse understands, the cheese is helpfully labeled with a sign that says CHEESE. The wheel might have been part of some Rube Goldberg device, but I’m less sure about that part than I am of the cheese labeled with the sign.

What book did this appear in?

Sounds like something from Beverly Cleary’s Ralph S. Mouse books.

I’ve never read any of those, so I don’t think that’s it. I believe the mouse was an ordinary one, and the joke was the mouse couldn’t read the sign next to the cheese.

Bumping this again in hopes of finding an answer. I’m not positive, but I think cheese enticing the mouse to run in its wheel was intended as the main trigger point to get the rube goldberg device running.