If there’s a young dancer in your house, you have to check out the new picture book by Anne Marie Pace and illustrated by LeUyen Pham – Vamperina Ballerina. I love this book. An endearing and sweet character who tries hard to fit into her new ballet class, Vamperina is different from the other children in her class for one big reason: she is a vampire who can turn into a bat! You may be picturing a bat at this point, but you have to see Vamperina. She is really cute. Her family, who look like characters from the Addams family, encourage Vamperina to join ballet class, work hard and “always drink plenty of water and eat healthy meals.” Vamperina follows the good advice, but like any new skill, ballet is hard work. Vamperina has all the ingredients for success. She has an encouraging teacher, works hard at practice and has a supportive family. When the curtain goes up on Vamperina and her friends, the audience shouts “Brava” for their beautiful performance.
LeUyen Pham’s illustrations are delightful, particularly the facial expressions of the young dancers. They convey stage fright, happiness, effort and pride. I especially the love the final scene where the curtain opens onto a joyous recital where the little girls shine. Share this book with a young dancer – or a fan of friendly vampires – in your house.