Expected publication: May 17th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
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!
Author Lori Mortensen introduces us to a group of young mice, who are getting ready for their annual ball. As they go through the process of getting ready - from warming up the ballroom, to musicians practicing their songs - Mortensen cleverly integrates an increasing number scale with each new activity. However, an unexpected guest arrives to turn the evening upside down...
Much like the classic Christmas song A Partridge in a Pair Tree, Mortensen's way of integrating counting into her tale is nothing but fun, especially when paired with Mortensen's short and enjoyable rhymes. Readers will like appreciate her build-up to the ball as well; she does a nice job of focusing on the anticipating that many feel when attending a dance or a formal event.
Though the book is interrupted by an unexpected guest, Mortensen helpfully continues to drive the action forward with a descending countdown showing how the guests react to said unexpected guest. While the book ends with a nice resolution, it's the thrill of both the lead-up to the ball and the descending moments, that will stick with young readers.
The watercolor illustrations by Betsy Lewin are vibrant and lovely, and help bring the vibrancy and fairytale magic of this story to life.