Book of the Week: Vampirina Ballerina

Book of the Week, Children's

Vampirina Ballerina by  Anne Marie Pace  Illustrated by Leuyen Pham

Published: 2012 by Hyperion Books

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

Let’s start at the beginning: the end papers! Vampirina is twirling about, and then POOF! She’s turned into her bat form.

Even when Vampirina is in bat form she still wears her signature bow.

There’s an Addams Family feel to this book. And I love the Addams Family.

Vampirina tells young readers how to become a ballerina. As she explains it’s about more than just wanting to dance.

Let me preface this by saying: I’m not into capes, that is unless you’re a super hero. However! Little Vampirina wears a cape and she rocks it!

I love that Vampirina doesn’t look like all the other little ballerinas. I love that she doesn’t change who she is, on the inside or the outside, to please everyone else around her.

Vampirina is determined and courageous.

Not only does Vampirina learn to dance but she also learns a number of other valuable lessons like: you shouldn’t bring your pet, especially your pet bat to dance class, always keep your eyes and your ears open, and most importantly don’t show your fangs.

I love how this book incorporates valuable dance related terms. I think this aspect illustrates young and aspiring  ballerina’s the work that goes into it. Ballerina’s will need to learn to: plie, releve, and arabesque.

It also shows young readers that mistakes will be made. Even though you’ll make mistakes you’ll learn from them. Just as Vampirina learns from her mistakes.

I love how Vampirina’s reflection doesn’t show in the dance class mirror.

I love how author Anne Marie Pace kept to the traditional aspects of Vampires.  I like that Vampirina doesn’t sparkle and shimmer.

“A true Ballerina is always on pointe.”

I love how Vampirina shows young readers the importance of practicing. She eats, breathes, and even sleeps ballet!

Vampirina Ballerina shows young readers that to become a ballerina, it takes more than just knowing how to dance. It takes a balanced diet, plenty of water and sleep, and a positive attitude.

Vampirina practices everywhere: in the library,  in the dungeon, in the grave yard, etc.

I love how her mother doesn’t lay out in the sun to tan, instead she lays out under the moon.

Vampirina Ballerina makes an ADORABLE ballerina.

Her family is so proud of her. But they will be just as nervous as Vampirina is.

The people sitting in the audience look terrified.

Vampirina shows, not only the terrified audience and her fellow ballerinas,  but herself that she’s a true ballerina. And that she is a great little dancer. The crowd loves her, and so will all readers who pick up this book.

Vampirina Ballerina is a charming book. Reader’s won’t only fall in love with Vampirina and her family, but with Anne Marie Pace’s strong writing.

The illustrations fit the story perfectly.

This was an extremely fun book. It wasn’t only honest and funny, there was also a sincere quality to it.

I hope there will be more Vampirina books in the future! She’s (obviously) my new favorite character.



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