Ballet Cat loves to leap! Sparkle Pony would rather play checkers. Ballet Cat wants to twirl! Sparkles wants to make lemonade instead. Ballet Cat tells him to kick! How will Sparkles ever be able to tell Ballet Cat that he doesn't love dancing as much as she does? What if it ruined their friendship? Bob Shea is a master at tackling real kid's issues with playfulness and compassion. With an awesome electric color scheme and wonderfully expressive characters, this beginning reader teaches kids not to be afraid of voicing their feelings -- and shows the give and take of true friendship.— Emmy
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?
About the Author
Bob Shea (www.bobshea.com) is the author-illustrator of the Dinosaur vs. series and several other picture books, including Buddy and the Bunnies in: Don't Play With Your Food! and Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great. He and his wife, Colleen, run their own graphic design company called Perfectly Nice. Their son Ryan inspired the character Dinosaur. When Bob isn't out on the road promoting his books, he lives and works in Madison, Connecticut.
PRAISE FOR DINOSAUR VS. SCHOOL
". . .Shea's concept of "winning" at school clearly has to do with self-confidence, determination and, sometimes, teamwork-a winning idea indeed."—Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR BUDDY AND THE BUNNIES IN: DON'T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD
". . .Shea's digital art and one-joke narratives have blossomed. While this romp predictably favors the underdogs, Shea's energized colors, subtle background textures, and manic visuals keep the eye moving, while the shouty dialogue, hapless monster, and sneaky rabbits amplify the silly suspense."—Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR UNICORN THINKS HE'S PRETTY GREAT
PRAISE FOR DINOSAUR VS. SANTA
PRAISE FOR DINOSAUR VS. THE POTTY
*"Shea's bold collages are as in-your-face charming as his energetic hero, whose exuberance and stubborn avoidance of the potty will elicit both empathy and laughter."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)