Thelonious Mouse

Orel Protopopescu; pictures by Anne Wilsdorf

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Thelonious the mouse has got so much rhythm in him he can’t help letting it out. To his family’s horror, he won’t stop scatting and shimmying around the house, teasing deadly Fat Cat instead of collecting crumbs like the rest of them. But just as Thelonious's games become too dangerous, he find a most unexpected musical partner in this jaunty picture book with art and text that truly sing!


Praise for Thelonious Mouse

"The hip rhythms and tongue-twisting humor in this jazzy, poetic, fun-to-read-aloud book make it a keeper your child will want to read over and over again."—Cricket Magazine online
“Getting the beat and the tongue-twisting phrases just right takes some practice, but the outcome is well worth the effort.” —SLJ
"Children will cheer for this rascally oddball rebel."  —Booklist
"Replete with scat-y, cat-and-mouse–y wordplay, this is giggle-worthy fun." —Kirkus Reviews

TWO STICKS by the same author and illustrator

A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

"The text sets a catchy rhythm and never lets go. Wilsdorf’s illustrations, rich in saturated color, glow with warmth and vibrancy."  —Kirkus Reviews

"Wilsdorf captures the verve and action of the tale in vibrant colors and broad strokes."  —School Library Journal

"Pure entertainment." —The Orlando Sentinel

SUNNY BOY! by the same illustrator

"This rollicking romp represents a wonderful marriage of text and illustration. Wacky and sure to elicit a giggle, this one is a winner." —School Library Journal

"Kids . . . will whoop over the silliness and derring-do." —Booklist

In the Press

THELONIOUS MOUSE by Orel Protopopescu, Anne WilsdorfKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THELONIOUS MOUSE . Day after day, Thelonious Mouse sings cat-taunting scat, skittering through the house, tail swishing, <em>daring<em> Fat Cat to awaken and give chase.
- Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Orel Protopopescu; pictures by Anne Wilsdorf

  • OREL PROTOPOPESCU is a poet and the author of several books. She lives in Miller Place, New York.

    ANNE WILSDORF has illustrated many picture books, including Sunny Boy!: The Life and Times of a Tortoise by Candace Fleming. She lives in Lausanne, Switzerland.



Available Formats and Book Details

Thelonious Mouse

Orel Protopopescu; pictures by Anne Wilsdorf

  • Hardcover



Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)