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My kids LOVE to get new books and I’m so excited to share our latest addition to the home library with you. These Ballet Cat books for kids by author Bob Shea are adorable, lively, and hilarious. A perfect combination for children! The Totally Secret Secret is in stores now, and Dance! Dance! Underpants! releases on February 2.
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?
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.
When a children’s book author can make reading fun for the moms and dads that are reading, too, that’s when I know we have a winner. These Ballet Cat books are really geared toward children ages 6-8, perfect for my son Leo and he was easily able to read them to us. But my daughter, age 10, was so intrigued by what he was reading that she had to come listen, too…because we were laughing hysterically! Bob Shea nails the balance between a great book for kids and one parents will enjoy as well.
Dance! Dance! Underpants! comes out February 2 and I think this one was our favorite, though we really did love them both. Take a look at the interior pages of the book above and try not to laugh. You know your kids will get such a kick out of that bear!
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.
For now Lily has taken over the Ballet Cat books, but I think we’re going to be passing them back and forth. You might assume they’re mostly for girls, with the dancing pink cat, but the text is just plain funny, with some great lessons about friendship – something all kids can appreciate.
Learn more about these great kids book on the official Disney-Hyperion Ballet Cat site, and on author Bob Shea’s site. You can also follow along on Twitter and Instagram for the latest Disney books news!
Disney-Hyperion is generously offering one of my readers an awesome prize pack!
- Copies of TOTALLY SECRET SECRET and DANCE! DANCE! UNDERPANTS;
- Plush BALLET CAT by MerryMakers Inc.;
- Plus a kid’s tutu and ballet bag!
How adorable is all of this?! This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+only and will end at 11:59pm ET on February 8, 2016.