Mousequerade Ball (Hardcover)

A Counting Tale

By Lori Mortensen, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)

Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9781619634220, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 17, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Board book (5/17/2016)

List Price: 16.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


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!

About the Author

Lori Mortensen has written over 70 books. An award-winning writer for children, she is best known for books including Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg and Cindy Moo. She and her family live in Northern California.

Betsy Lewin has illustrated many successful books for young readers, including Click Clack Moo, for which she won a Caldecott Honor Medal. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For Mousequerade Ball: A Counting Tale

"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

"Lewin’s loose, breezy watercolors tap into the blend of elegance and comedy in this diverting animal fantasy." - Publishers Weekly

"A lovely story of celebration and dance. . . . This book will appeal to a variety of audiences, engaging readers and listeners alike." - School Library Connection