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 Mousequerade ball : a counting tale
 Author: Mortensen, Lori

 Illustrator: Lewin, Betsy

 Publisher:  Bloomsbury
 Pub Year: 2016

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 26 cm.

 BTSB No: 660460 ISBN: 9781619634220
 Ages: 3-6 Grades: K-1

 Stories in rhyme
 Mice -- Fiction
 Cats -- Fiction
 Counting -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

When ten mice get dressed up for a fancy ball the arrival of a cat sends them fleeing but what if the cat's only intention is to dance the night away? Counting up and counting down, dancing all the while, this delightful story invites readers to the event of the season: The Mousquerade Ball!

   Kirkus Reviews (03/01/16)
   School Library Journal (05/01/16)

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School Library Journal - 05/01/2016 PreS-Gr 1—The mice are preparing for the Mousequerade ball—and this counting book leads up to the big night. From one small mouse lighting the fire in the great room, to five plump mice slicing cheddar to put atop fine bread crumbs, to seven silly jesters practicing their balancing tricks, the stage is set. With nine buccaneers tipping their ornate feathered hats to the splendid ladies, the ball is about to begin, when "ten feathered ladies fan themselves and gasp—/'CAT!'" The action quickly retreats backward from 10 down to one, as the mice scurry and hide themselves from the dapperly dressed feline. It is the final one small mouse who realizes that the cat, in fact, wants to dance: "Mouse does a curtsy; cat makes a bow./They waltz around the floor, and the mice cheer—/WOW!" - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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