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Orel Protopopescu

Dear Reader:

Wrap your tongue around the rollicking rhymes in my newest picture book, THELONIOUS MOUSE, and you'll soon be scatting to the beat of his dancing feet. This jazzy mouse risks his tail and more to fierce Fat Cat, because Thelonious has "too much music in him to stuff into a mouse hole." Teased for being different from other mice, Thelonious dares all to let his music out, even when Fat Cat is "in the air, claws screaming, teeth gleaming!" Yet beneath the sometimes scary hilarity, young readers will discover a vital message: It takes courage to be all we can be.

My little mouse is named for Thelonious Monk, American composer and jazz pianist, who showed that creative courage. Now, on the thirtieth anniversary of his death, I hope my book would have made him smile.

I'd love to hear how your read-aloud went, so visit my website where you can enter a contest for a chance to win a free, signed book plus bookmark.

Happy Reading,
Orel Protopopescu

"Children will cheer for this rascally oddball revel." —Booklist

"Replete with scat-y, cat-and-mouse-y wordplay, this is giggle worthy fun." —Kirkus Reviews

"Getting the beat and the tongue-twisting phrases just right takes some practice, but the outcome is well worth the effort." —School Library Journal

Thelonious Mouse / Orel Protopopescu / FSG

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-0374374471 / Published: June, 2011

Ages 4-7 / Hardcover / Picture Book

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