Greetings, lovely readers! Get your tutus on for some Ballet Cat fun times. We have a giveaway sponsored by Disney-Hyperion (US only, ends 2/15/2016), and read on to find out more about the new book from author-illustrator Bob Shea. I received a copy of the books in exchange for an honest review, as well as a plush Ballet Cat from MerryMakers Inc. and I also have a set to give away to a lucky reader!
You may as well know I'm a big Bob Shea fan. His collaborations with Lane Smith, Big Plans and Kid Sheriff & The Terrible Toads, are a couple of my very favorite picture books. Shea's style is fun, funny, and a little funky. Just check out the retro style on these Ballet Cat book covers! Ok, yeah, so Ballet Cat is a bit bossy--er, confident and self-possessed. Whether she's trying to get Sparkles the Horse to twirl or Butter Bear to do some super-high leaps, she's determined to have a great time doing what she does best. Dancing!
Maybe her friends' ideas of fun aren't quite pliés and pas de bourrée. Maybe they'd rather make ice pops, sell lemonade, eat endless bowls of cereal, and play just one more game of checkers. Whatever their differences, these furry friends learn from each other about friendship, bravery, and how to be honest with each other.
You can check out some of the interior pages from Dance! Dance! Underpants! right here:
For Ages 6-8
Book 1: The Totally Secret Secret (in stores now!)
Book 2: Dance! Dance! Underpants! (in stores February 2)
About the Books
The Totally Secret Secret
Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide what to play today. Nothing that Sparkles suggests--making crafts, playing checkers, and selling lemonade--goes well with the leaping, spinning, and twirling that Ballet Cat likes to do. When Sparkles's leaps, spins, and twirls seem halfhearted, Ballet Cat asks him what's wrong. Sparkles doesn't want to say. He has a secret that Ballet Cat won't want to hear. What Sparkles doesn't know is that Ballet Cat has a secret of her own, a totally secret secret. Once their secrets are shared, will their friendship end, or be stronger than ever?
Dance! Dance! Underpants!
Ballet Cat is getting her friend Butter Bear ready for her big ballet debut. "Leap, Butter Bear, leap!" Ballet Cat prompts. But Butter Bear would prefer to just point her toe. When Ballet Cat keeps pushing, Butter Bear gets hungry, then thirsty, then sleepy . . . The bottom line is that Butter Bear would rather do almost anything to avoid making a big leap. Why? Because her bottom is covered in silly underpants! This second entry in the Ballet Cat series will have beginning readers rolling on the floor with laughter.
About the Author
Bob Shea is the author of the first book about Ballet Cat: THE TOTALLY SECRET SECRET, the Dinosaur vs. series, and several other picture books, including DON'T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD and UNICORN THINKS HE'S PRETTY GREAT. He and his wife have their own design studio in Madison, Connecticut.
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BALLET CAT COLLECTION prize pack
One (1) winner receives:
- Copies of TOTALLY SECRET SECRET and DANCE! DANCE! UNDERPANTS
- Plus a plush BALLET CAT by MerryMakers Inc.
Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.