Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Vampirina Ballerina

Book Cover of Vampirina Ballerina

Hi Friends! Today we are going right into the Perfect Picture Book for today, Friday. So Grab your mocha and start reading. 

Title: Vampirina Ballerina

Author: written by, ‘Countess, Anne Marie Pace’

Illustrator: by Mistress of the Night, LeUyen Pham

Themes: Ballet dancing, vampires, self acceptance, reassurance, perseverance, humor, non conformity, goals and goal setting, getting along, differences, determination, coöperation and working together, affecting others, confidence,

Ages appropriate for: three to seven year olds

Resources: A teacher’s guide is hidden in the authors web site but easily downloaded here:

In it are such charming ideas of teaching dental hygiene by brushing “Your Fangs” and keeping a chart of it. And there are discussions on the alliteration of  “pirouettes practically perfect” and  “A curtsey is customary”.

What the Jacket says:”Madame says “Always move with your head held high.” That’s not so easy when you’ve spent your whole life dreaming of becoming a ballerina, and even your smile scares off the other dancers. But Vamparina is learning all the right moves. So it’s only a matter of time before this prima dreamer twirls her way into their hearts—and yours too!”

The first three sentences: “If you are going to be a ballerina, you have to do more than wear a tutu and dream about dancing. Your first step is finding the right ballet school. I’d suggest an evening class.”

Why I love it: The illustrations definitely tell another story of their own complimenting the text. As an example in the above first three sentences, the first illustration is showing a coffin with the words “dance, dance, dance till you drop” on the head stone with a skull balanced under a crown, a black cat in a pink tutu while our MC the Vamparina is running out of it in her black cape and her pointy bat ears showing. Her mother is holding out her ballet slippers and dress in the opposing page. The illus in the next page shows the whole family trying to make a decision about what class to take while in the next page bats fly out while Igor is holding the door open and people across the street run in terror.

Point two for why I love it check out the themes this small early picture book has. A simple story of a vampire little girl has all those themes stocked in it. Wow!

This book was a popular one at the last Saturday where I was storyteller. I also read The Paper Bag Princess  which was also a hit.

I geared down my own book   Annie’s Special Dayto the three and four-year olds by having them point

The Paper Bag Princess

The Paper Bag Princess (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

out the clocks with the correct time on them while I talked in the most general way of the activity going along with it. Most were so excited by the goings on that participation was key for the short attention spans.

That the princesses could have their photo taken with the author was a popular item with the moms. I’m sorry I didn’t take my camera out for those shots.

Please join Susanna at her blog and visit Perfect Picture Books  at Susanna’s blog for lists, one on themes and one that’s alphabetized for easy selection of that perfect book for your child or for your pleasure. All of them have teacher guides and resource guides for easy discussion or class plans

For my blog tour of “Annie’s Special Day” is in progress this week and goes on to next week. I invite you to read along.

My blog tour of my friends in blogging.

Patricia Tilton on her blog Children’s Books Heal on November, 12, 2012 with a Q&A  and a book review.

Joanna Marple with my story of how I got my illustrator.

Stacy Jensen on my publishing story on November 15, 2012.  the idea to story of Annie’s Special Day on November 19th a post from Annie’s Special Day’s illustrator, Claudia Wolf, here on my blog,  on November 20th.

Thanks for reading!

About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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19 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Vampirina Ballerina

  1. Such a fun book. Love the quirky vampi approach. It will certainly have appeal!


  2. I would never have thought of mixing vampires and ballerinas…unique.
    I’m looking forward to visiting the above sites…congrats again, Clare!


  3. Joanna says:

    What a great combo, which will have a wide reach, love it! The front cover of ballet practice between the gravestones is brilliant!


  4. Catherine Johnson says:

    I heard of this one on the dancing pb website, it looks fab. My daughter isn’t very girly but something like this is a great combination of girly and funky.


  5. jannatwrites says:

    Congrats on the blog tour – you’re right in the middle of a busy time, here!

    This looks like an interesting book. I would have never thought of ballet and vampires!


  6. It sounds like there are some wonderful lessons embedded in this tale. I love how it suggests some hard work is involved in perfecting one’s talent. And congrats on your book!


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Kirsten. Both for the mention of this book and for the mention of my book. Vampirina Ballerina is a gem I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

      Hope you make it over to some of my own book tour. 🙂


  7. Sounds like a fun book, Clar! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  8. What a funky book for girls…. love it. Actually I am sure I have seen this in our local library, must check it out. Wonderful to hear of your book tour doing well, and the tea party.


  9. Interesting picture book! Very unsusual to put vampires and ballerinas together. Great choice!


  10. What a fantastic book, Clar! Sounds like a fun way to get kids excited about brushing their teeth.
    Your storytelling event sounds like it was lots of fun.
    I wanted you to know that in the envelope with ‘Annie’s Special Day’, they included 2 new pencils and several cute bookmarks…that was a nice surprise. 🙂 Best of luck on the virtual book blog tour…I’ll try to get over to each link!


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