|Vampirina Ballerina  and Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover |
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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