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Mousequerade Ball: A Counting Tale, by Lori Mortensen | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | September 18, 2016

mousequerade-ballMousequerade Ball: A Counting Tale

Written by Lori Mortensen

Illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Age Range: 0-5 years

Board Book: 29 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury (2016)

ISBN: 978-1-619634220

What to expect: Counting, rhyming, animal friends

Night is drawing near, and it’s almost time for the Mousequerade Ball! Tiny mice in a grand mansion are preparing for the fun by counting down the ways to get ready. First they light the fires, then they sweep, then they start to dance to the swinging beat! There’s delicious food, mincing mice lords and fancy lady mice in colorful dresses. Mice play the lute and ladies dance cheek to cheek, just like any human party.


But wait! Who is the mysterious guest at the door?

A cat! As the mice scurry to safety, up the stairs, into wall cracks, into sacks—one brave little mouse realizes the cat isn’t there to terrorize. The cat has come to dance! The little mouse and the cat bow and begin to dance again. And so the walz continues, and the Mousequerade Ball moves once more. This time with an unexpected, but gallant, guest cat. Who knew everyone could get along?

This adorable counting book rhymes along to a cute story. Children will love the sweet little mice getting ready for a party. The illustrations are colorful and detailed. You will look through each illustration over and over, trying to find out how many little mice are there in dresses? How many lords are running up the stairs? This, of course, provides even more counting practice. Ms. Lewin is a talented illustrator, capturing fun and swinging movement in tiny board book pages. The rhymes are sweet and the words are perfect for toddlers and Ms. Mortensen excels at capturing toddler attention and even keeping adults entertained while reading (again and again, I might add).

Highly recommended for babies and toddlers!

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About the Author

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.

For more information, visit: www.lorimortensen.com

About the Illustrator

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.

For more information, visit: www.betsylewin.com

Mousequerade Ball: A Counting Tale, written by Lori Mortensen and illustrated by Betsy Lewin, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like Mousequerade Ball: A Counting Tale by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with  and Board Books.

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Denise Mealy is a former web content provider who stays at home to change diapers and write books. Her days are filled with Word documents, books and sloppy kisses (from dogs and baby alike). She likes to read, cook, dance, travel and forward pictures of spam sculptures to friends. If she could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, it would be a toss up between J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen. They would probably eat pasta. Yes, definitely pasta. For more information, visit: www.dccmealy.com You can also find her on Twitter: @dccmealy

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