Vampirina Ballerina

Vampirina Ballerina

Hardback Vampirina

By (author) Anne Marie Pace, By (author) Leuyen Marie Pham, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham, Illustrated by Anne Marie Pace

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  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Format: Hardback | 40 pages
  • Dimensions: 229mm x 282mm x 15mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 7 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1423157532
  • ISBN 13: 9781423157533
  • Sales rank: 155,744

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Oh, to be a ballerina! It's a challenge for any little girl, but even more so if you happen to be a vampire like Vampirina. First of all, you have to find a class that meets at night. Then you have to figure out how to perfect your form when you can't see yourself in the mirror? And then there's wearing pink (not the most flattering of colors if you happen to be undead) and that nagging urge to take a little nip out of the other dancers. And worse of all STAGE FRIGHT!!!

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Anne Marie Pace (www.annemariepace.com) has had stories, poems, and articles for kids published in such magazines as Highlights for Children, My Friend, Wee Ones, and On the Line. A 2005 Grand Prize winner in the Smartwriters W.I.N. contest as well as a 2009 SCBWI Barbara Karlin Award Letter of Merit recipient, her first picture book, NEVER EVER TALK TO STRANGERS, was published in September 2010 by Scholastic Book clubs. LeUyen Pham (http: //www.leuyenpham.com/) is the prolific and bestselling illustrator of many books for children, including "Grace for Presiden"t by Kelly DiPucchio, "Freckleface Strawberry" by Julianne Moore and "God's Dream" by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pham has also written and illustrated her own works, including" All the Things I Love About You "and" Big Sister, Little Sister." A former animator for Dreamworks, she lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco

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Pace and Pham have choreographed a delightful tale of a winsome young vampire trying to make her ballerina dreams come true. The deadpan text includes plenty of good advice for anyone with dancing aspirations: "Always drink plenty of water and eat healthy meals get a good day's sleep move with your head held high," and "Practice! Practice! PRACTICE!" But this vampire differs quite a bit from her fellow dance students, with her black leotard and winged cape, her pointy fangs and her ability to "poof" into a bat at the most inopportune moment. Not only does she not fit in, but she also frightens her classmates and alarms Madame with the absence of her reflection in the studio mirror. As the evening of her big debut nears, the vampirina's supportive family rallies around her and creates a beautiful costume of spider lace and swan feathers. Then "the lights dim / the music swells, / and the curtain opens"-as does a dramatic double gatefold to reveal the five dancers executing an exuberant performance. The pen-and-ink and-watercolor illustrations paint a cozy blue-gray world for the vampires' home, contrasting with the brighter, lighter dance school portrayed in pinks. Deft strokes capture facial expressions that reveal nervousness, effort, fear, surprise, confidence and joy. By the show's end, the prima vampire has exceeded everyone's expectations, including her own. Readers will applaud this elegantly designed, well-told story. Brava, indeed. (Picture book. 3-6) Kirkus"