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Mousequerade Ball, A Counting Tale

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Mousequerade Ball, A Counting Tale

by Lori Mortensen, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Bloomsbury, 2016

With perfect rhyme woven into a complete story, this book teaches counting skills under a dashing cloak of fun!  Award-winning Lori Mortensen and Betsy Lewin have another winner.

We follow the crowd to the Mousequerade Ball and meet the entire cast of tidy mice who clean the rooms, black-tied mice who strum their lutes, baker mice who prepare fluff puff crumbs and silly jesters that do amazing tricks.  UNTIL…a cat arrives.  Then we count down as splendid ladies scatter across the floor, buccaneers scramble out the door and mice dash into sacks and cracks.  UNTIL…they learn the cat came to dance!  A fun story set in an elegant castle, perfect for young princes and princesses.

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Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg

Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg
By  Lori Mortensen, illustrated by Michael Allen Austin
Clarion Books, 2013

I can’t decide which I love the most, the clever, fun rhymes, the twists in the story, the surprise at the end, or the cute dawg running through the scenes.  It’s got it all going for it.  The lively rhyme and the jump off the page illustrations will hold the attention of the liveliest youngster.  A great book for active boys.

The story goes like this: When Cowpoke Clyde, whose house is immaculate, spies dirty dawg, he determines dirty dawg needs a cleaning and a raucous romp through the ranch pursues.  Surprises and laughter ensue as Cowpoke Clyde tries to outsmart the dawg, but the dawg is stubborn, and doesn’t like to be told what to do….  A fun read with a surprising and satisfying ending.

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