Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace

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Oh, to be a ballerina! It's a challenge for any little girl, but even more so if you happen to be a vampire like Vampirina. First of all, you have to find a class that meets at night. Then you have to figure out how to perfect your form when you can't see yourself in the mirror? And then there's wearing pink (not the most flattering of colors if you happen to be undead) and that nagging urge to take a little nip out of the other dancers. And worse of all STAGE FRIGHT!!!

About Anne Marie Pace

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Author Bio: Anne Marie Pace ( 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.Illustrator Bio: LeUyen Pham ( 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
Published August 7, 2012 by Disney-Hyperion. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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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.

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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...

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"Vampirina Ballerina" is the endearing story of a little girl with a passion for dance who is struggling to fit in.

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Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that Vampirina Ballerina shows a little vampire girl taking up ballet, with a narrator explaining all the things a vampire should or shouldn't do in class, such as don't show your fangs, resist tur...

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Palatine Public Library

Vampirina is a young vampire--but she has dreams and hopes, just like you and me.

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