Little Ballet Star

Little Ballet Star


By (author) Adele Geras, Illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

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  • Publisher: ORCHARD BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 244mm x 270mm x 4mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 19 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846166195
  • ISBN 13: 9781846166198
  • Illustrations note: full colour
  • Sales rank: 17,177

Product description

It's Tilly's birthday and she's off to a REAL theatre with her auntie, a REAL ballerina! Join Tilly as she steps backstage to experience the excitement of a ballet performance, from the dressing rooms to centre stage! But will Tilly be given the chance to dance under the spotlight? Of course she will! This is the magical sequel to the bestselling The Ballet Class.

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Author information

Award-winning author Adele Geras spent much of her childhood moving from place to place. To date Adele has written over 100 books for children, including the bestselling The Ballet Class for Orchard and the highly acclaimed Troy (Scholastic) which was shortlisted for The Whitbread Prize. A great deal of her poetry has been published in various magazines and anthologies. Adele lives in Manchester with her husband. Shelagh McNicholas grew up in Liverpool. Apart from a short time spent teaching life drawing, Shelagh has always worked as an illustrator. The Ballet Class was Shelagh's first picture book for Orchard. Her realistic and endearing illustrations perfectly complement the story of Tilly and her ambitions to become a top ballerina. Shelagh is passionate about drawing and is happiest with her sketchbook and pencils. Her favourite subject is her daughter and it was her sketches of Molly as a ballerina that inspired her illustrations for 'The Ballet Class'. Shelagh lives in Surrey with her daughter.

Editorial reviews

It's a dream come true for a little birthday girl whose aunt is the prima ballerina of Sleeping Beauty. There's a pre-performance backstage tour, orchestra seats for the performance and after the curtain comes down, a call to the stage from her aunt to dance and twirl and flit and float in front of a very appreciative audience. Tilly previously appeared in Time for Ballet (2004) as a cat in a school recital. Geras conveys the thrill of attending a live performance from a little girl's eyes, but the watercolor illustrations are too washed out to convey the true drama of the fairy-tale ballet. And why does Tilly's father wait outside the theater to take Mom and her home? Little ballerinas may enjoy the story, but it is too bland to be anything more than an additional purchase. (Picture book. 4-7) (Kirkus Reviews)