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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: 9.5 x 0.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,632 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."


Pham (All the Things I Love About You) and Pace are entirely in sync in this sweetly goth "how to" for vampirettes under the spell of something more powerful than anything the dark forces can muster: ballet. "Your first step is finding the right ballet school," writes Pace, with just the right mix of vampiric hauteur and upbeat helpfulness. "I'd suggest... an evening class." The book's case in point is a spunky vampire girl (once again, Pham makes spunky feel fresh, unforced, and the furthest thing from cutesy) who, despite support from her stylish vampire parents, needs all the help she can get: "The road to ballerinadom can be bumpy," Pace reminds readers, and it's not any easier when one is alarming to one's classmates or occasionally turns into a bat. The underlying messages are familiar: there are no shortcuts to achieving an ambitious dream, and persistence and a sunny outlook (even when one is a creature of the night) pay off. But seldom have these lessons been expounded with so much charm. Ages 2 6.—PW

It's a familiar story: a young girl begins dance lessons, works hard, perseveres through doubts and missteps, and eventually makes a successful debut performance. The twist here? She's a young vampire, taking evening ballet classes. Aside from a few vampire-student-specific tips (watch the fangs; don't trip on your cape when curtsying to Madame), Pace's encouraging text reads like an advice book for any young dancer. Pham's illustrations steal the show, offering plenty of visual jokes for both vampire fans (Vampirina's spider-lace costume and lack of reflection in the studio mirror) and balletomanes (she poses for a Degas-style painting and wears a "Dancing Queen" T-shirt). The watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations make excellent use of black and, of course, soft ballet pink; two foldout pages highlight Vampirina's recital with her classmates. Sound advice, good technical form, and correct terminology will help ensure that young ballerinas will, as Madame advises, "always move with your head held high." But the message that passion, dedication, and patience have beautiful results is inspirational for any reader. After all, "it doesn't matter if you take one giant leap or many tiny steps, as long as you are moving toward your goal." -katie bircher—Horn Book

PreS-Gr 2 On the advice of her mother, a pale little vampire with tiny fangs and a black cape enrolls in an evening class at Madame Sang's Dance Studio. Although the rosy-cheeked ballerinas all dressed in pink are a bit startled by their new classmate, Vampirina does her best to fit in. Under Madame's watchful eye, the little girls learn to pli , relev , and arabesque. Vampirina's mother tells her to follow Madame's instructions, to keep moving toward her goal, and to stay in tip-top shape. The aspiring ballerina practices and practices until she is ready for her debut. On the big night, she dons her costume, overcomes stage fright, and takes a well-earned bow after the performance. The sweet and spooky watercolor and pen-and-ink pictures are filled with motion and portray Vampirina's "road to ballerinadom" with humor and insight. The illustration of the opening-night performance shows the nervous dancers behind the curtain and then opens out into a four-page foldout across which the five graceful girls twirl and jet . Vampirina is just as endearing in her devotion to ballet as Katharine Holabird's dancing mouse in the popular "Angelina Ballerina" series (Viking). This story of perseverance and determination will appeal to young dancers, who will identify with Vampirina's struggles and cheer her on as she ultimately takes her triumphant bow on the flower-strewn stage. -Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Boston, MA—SLJ

In this humorous how-to guide for wannabe ballerinas, an all-in-black vampire girl attends dance class amidst a sea of pink leotards. Sure, this gal is different-none of her classmates can spontaneously transform into a bat, for instance-but she is learning technique and practicing, just like everybody else. Pace's funny, matter-of-fact advice ("always get a good day's sleep") works in harmony with Pham's expressive watercolor pen-and-ink artwork, which depicts the adorable minivampire leaping and pli ing enthusiastically across the pages. Kids who aren't into frilly will welcome this departure from typical ballerina books. - Ann Kelley—Booklist

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

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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Customer Reviews

My daughters (3 and 2) love this book.
Annie C. Boyd
The illustrations are incredibly dear, and you really root for this "outsider" who works so hard to reach her dreams.
Carrie R
The story is fun and the illustrations are a perfect match.
The Ks

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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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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 kimmycakes on April 22, 2014
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I'm not sure which book was written first but this book is super similar to Zombelina. Zombelina is a much better book- I would highly recommend it. The illustrations are better, the pages are glossy and there's a great rhythmic flow to the story. Vampirina's pages are dull/matte and the story doesn't flow that well.
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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 Deborah K. Underwood on March 23, 2014
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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
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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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