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James Howe and Amy Walrod's mousy threesome -- who charmed audiences in Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores -- are warming up their vocal cords and auditioning for the choir in this lively picture book.
When Horace, Morris, and Dolores see a posting for chorus tryouts, the three get busy practicing for the big day. Unfortunately, "Dolores sang notes no one had ever heard before," and later, after a gallant attempt at "The Mouse in the Wheel Goes Round and Round," she doesn't make the cut. Angry and dejected, Dolores tries reasoning with Moustro Provolone and hopes other friends might lend support. Nothing helps, so Dolores courageously slips the Moustro a heartfelt letter -- the missive makes him swoon over her writing skills, and he excitedly puts her words to music. Happily, Dolores gets her original wish, too, since the Moustro decides that "everyone has a place in the chorus" and gives her some lessons that help her pitch and her confidence.
With all the zest and spunk of their previous book starring these three mice, Howe's on-the-mark story and Walrod's lively illustrations provide a great lesson in self-assuredness and appreciating individual talent. Readers who have ever felt left out will identify with Dolores's dejected and confused emotions, and they'll cheer when her gumption pays off. A confidence-building ode to staying strong! Matt Warner