Mousequerade Ball: A Counting Tale
In a castle on a hill, in a great grand hall, mice are getting ready for the Mousequerade Ball. They dress in their finest. What a grand affair! But when an unexpected guest arrives, the mice get quite a scare. Is the evening ruined? Should they run in fright? Or will a gallant mouse stand up and save the splendid night? Counting up to ten and back again, dancing all the while, this delightful story invites readers--and dancers--to the event of the season: the Mousequerade Ball!
Kids will dance the night away with this classic counting story brought to life by best-selling, Caldecott Honor-Winning illustrator Betsy Lewin.
Mortensen's verse text sets an upbeat rhythm and a jovial tone in the first half of the book, which contrasts nicely with the second. Strong black lines define the characters and their actions in Lewin's graceful watercolors, which illustrate the verses with drama, humor, and style. The artwork shows up beautifully from a distance, making this a good counting book for classroom settings as well as individual reading. Booklist It is an enchanting evening to remember (and a fine reminder that even a primary concept can get dressed up). Kirkus
Lori Mortensen is the author of more than three dozen books that include fiction and nonfiction, picture books, early readers, first graphic novels, and middle-grade nonfiction. Her most recent picture book Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg was chosen as a Bank Street Best Book of 2014 and an Amazon Best Book of the Year. www.lorimortensen.com. Betsy Lewin is the bestselling Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and its sequels, Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Duck for President; Dooby Dooby Moo; and Thump, Quack, Moo; in addition to a number of other picture books, including So, What's It Like to Be a Cat? and Where Is Tippy Toes? She lives in Brooklyn, New York. www.betsylewin.com