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Vampirina Ballerina Hardcover – August 7, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Series: Vampirina
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423157532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423157533
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Booklist
"Pace's funny, matter-of-fact advice ... works in harmony with Pham's expressive watercolor pen-and-ink artwork ... kids who aren't into frilly will welcome this departure from typical ballerina books."

Kirkus Reviews
"Pace and Pham have choreographed a delightful tale ... readers will applaud this elegantly designed, well-told story. Brava, indeed." Kirkus

School Library Journal
"This story of perseverance and determination will appeal to young dancers."


Publishers Weekly
"Pham and Pace are entirely in sync in this sweetly goth "how to" for vampirettes."

About the Author

Anne Marie Pace (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 (leuyenpham.com/) is the prolific and bestselling illustrator of many books for children, including Grace for President 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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My daughters (3 and 2) love this book.
Annie C. Boyd
According to my niece, it is his favorite book and he tries to "read" it to his little sister!
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The story is fun and the illustrations are a perfect match.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kayla's Reads and Reviews on September 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Vampirina Ballerina reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, only reversed. The quote is, "When I was younger most girls wanted to be a ballerina, I wanted to be a vampire." Instead of that, it's about a vampire who wants to become a ballerina. Vampirina tries and tries to become a ballerina but she just can't seem to fit in. After a lot of practice, she finally makes some friends and becomes a great ballerina. This book also has a great lesson for children. If you put enough effort into it, you will achieve your dreams. I loved the glitter on the cover of the book. It drew my attention to the book right away. The illustrations were adorable. My favorite one was Vampirina dancing with the mummy in the basement. This is a great book to read to children, especially with Halloween right around the corner. I reccomend Vampirina Ballerina to girls ages 3-10.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Joe on September 26, 2012
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Our family loves this book - boys (5 & 7) and girl (4) think Vampirina is a funny girl! Her reflection doesn't appear in the mirror, she turns into a bat when she's embarrassed, she practices with mummies, and her recital costume is... Unique! And as parents we love that Vampirina perseveres to do what she loves - and that her family is 100% supportive! Not to mention this is a perfect Halloween read!! We highly recommend this sweet story with fabulous illustrations!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GG LLoyd on September 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I loved this children's story of a little vampire girl who longs to take ballet classes. The family's support is great and watching her learn ballet with the "normal" ballet students is just precious.

Add this to your collection of children stories!Vampirina Ballerina
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gborojohn on March 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my niece when she had her first daughter thinking maybe in a few years she might enjoy it. It looked cute and a friend had recommended it. What I was surprised about was that both books became the immediate favorites of the big brother! Such that at 3.5 he is learning to read and recognize words. According to my niece, it is his favorite book and he tries to "read" it to his little sister!

My niece sent me a video of him reading it and he describes with great enthusiasm what is going to happen on the next page. It really is hilariously cute. I sent the second book in the series and that one was quickly adopted as well. Since the reaction is about both books, I will copy and paste this review in the other book as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zeecon on January 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
While my 4 year old daughter does seem to like this book, I hate it. The story is lacking, the vocabulary is way too advanced for the 2-6 year old range, and the writing and the cadence are stilted, at best. The story does not flow well, and is full of references to things no preschooler or even young elementary age child is going to get. I think those references are meant to entertain the adult reading it, but there is no need for that, nor is it even very amusing. I loved the idea of this book, just not the execution. I will say the illustrations are very good though. We also own Zombelina and like that book (similar idea) much, much better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah K. Underwood on March 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Adorable illustrations grace this clever and entertaining instruction manual for would-be vampire ballerinas. Kids will love following the heroine from her awkward first class ("leave your pets at home") to her triumphant debut, complete with proud vampire cheering section. Great for would-be dancers, would-be vampires, and any kid who sometimes has trouble fitting in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Dempsey on April 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
As a librarian, I can attest to the appeal of this adorable book. What fun! I have so many students ask for this book on a weekly basis. It's on constant rotation in our library. And though I hate to put labels on books (because this book will be enjoyed by so many kids), for those ballerinas who don't fit the typical mold of pink tutus and tight blonde buns in their hair, this book will be a gift and an encouragement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Ross VINE VOICE on November 6, 2012
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This book is one of our Halloween-themed purchased this year for our daughter who loves stories and is beginning to read. At 4.75 years, she also happens to love her ballet class, which is one of the central themes of the story. My wife, daughter, and I have really enjoyed this book, and it offers subtle support to our teaching of the importance of goals and hard work.

The story follows a young female vampire who aspires to be a ballerina. Off she goes to ballerina school and learns that it takes a lot of hard work, patience, and practice to be a ballerina. (or to be successful at anything, for that matter) There's also a lesson of trying to fit in here, too: All the other ballerinas are non-vampires, and there are amusing scenes where her schoolmates don't quite know what to make of the fangs, bat wings, and the fact that she turns into a bat (poof!) every time she gets embarrassed. Hard work and practice pay off, however, and she finally gets her debut.

I'm not sure I want my daughter to be a ballerina (as if it's entirely up to me) but I do appreciate the overall theme of hard work and persistence, along focusing on the outcome despite challenging beginnings. All this is presented rather softly and it well-received by my daughter. She likes it and asks for it to be read to her at bedtime, so the exposure to positive messages is there; she also enjoys sitting by herself and following the story page by page by herself.

The story flows through the book in asymmetric non-block format, which is good for keeping young eyes focused, and the art is always complementary to the narrative. The art itself is attractively done in watercolor in entertaining juxtaposition of pink (ballerina) and black (vampire).
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