More Vampirina Ballerina!

Vampirina Ballerina [2012] and Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover [2013]
by Anne Marie Pace, illustrated by LeUyen Pham.  [Disney Hyperion]

One of our favorite picture books last year was Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace, illustrated by the wonderful LeUyen Pham.  (I did a brief post on the book here.)  I follow Vampirina Ballerina on Facebook, and was so excited to hear there would be a sequel this year. Our little vampire heroine hosts her first sleepover!  Too exciting!

The first book is about what one needs to do in order to become a ballerina.  It's really a simple testament to practice and hard work, but the illustrations make it something new, tee hee!  After all, Vampirina Ballerina and her family are a little different from the teacher and girls at the ballet school.  None of the other girls have to worry about turning into a bat...





The second book, Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover, is a how-to guide for planning a perfect slumber party.  The advice includes making your own invitations, introducing your parents to your guests' parents, plan a perfect meal (even if you wind up just ordering pizza), soothing any homesickness, and of course, DANCING!






As adorable as the first book is, Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover had us in stitches.  The juxtaposition between the frilly pink party guests and the gothic monster family is a hoot.  Plus the monster family is actually a very loving family, eager to help their little ballerina fit in with the rest of the world.  It's a Halloween book with a heart.


For more Vampirina Ballerina, head over to Pen Pals & Picture Books, because apparently, our blogs are psychically connected these days!

My little dancers love these books, and of course, they have a well-documented dark streak.  You would think Vampirina Ballerina would be a perfect costume choice for someone this year.  But no.  Because do you know what's better than vampires, at least in their eyes?

Zombies.  As in zombie cheerleaders.

And zombie ballerinas.

There may even be a book for that...

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  1. omg this is so cute!!!! Julia will adore!!!!!!

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    1. I love the new book! I thought the first one was cute, but this one is just especially wonderful.

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  2. Wow! The 60s-style illustrations are amazing. I took a semester of ballet at WSU when we first moved here and loved it so much more than I had when I was a kid. I love anything ballet!

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    1. Oooh, who was your teacher? As a theatre major, I took a semester from Denise, then most of one from Jill (for audit). I am not a dancer. Not even a little bit. My railroading former Marine husband took a lot more dance in college than I did. He still has his tap shoes.

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  3. So great that both you and Whit introduced me to these books on the same day!!! love it!

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    1. I just had to add some links and stuff to my post, and it certainly didn't seem worth changing it over. Two posts in one morning means these books are really awesome and you should go check them out right now!!!! ;)

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  4. Oh my, I love this kind of books for children. :)

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  5. I linked to you too :)

    Also, you're safe with me on the ...book you eluded to there at the end ;)

    I'm sure I know the book you mean-- I almost linked to it in the Vampirina post but decided not too...can't wait to see your post on it :)

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    1. I almost did, too. We saw it in the bookstore in Kansas City and about died. Little Sis had already decided on her costume. I have some tulle netting sitting in a bag, waiting for me to make a very greenish tutu...

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  6. Super cute! Hope we can read it next year! Omg, I've been away for a few days and there you are, with soooo much Halloween awesomeness to catch up with... Look at all these books... :)

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    1. Hooray for Halloween books! Sorry, Halloween through Christmas/New Year's is my happy time of the year. ;o)

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  7. Penny loves Vampirina Ballerina too! And Tori is thinking of being a zombie chearleader this year.

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    1. Hi, Joy! That is so funny! We will have to compare photos! Yep, my oldest wants to be a zombie cheerleader, and the little one wants to be a zombie ballerina, only they want to be "cute zombies," not gross zombies. Sigh. I really need to get on this soon. :o)

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