Get ready to applaud the pluck of a young zombie with a passion for ballet.
Zombelina loves dancing: “I moonwalk with mummies and boogie with bats. / I wiggle with werewolves and rock out with rats. / I spin like a specter and glide like a ghost. / But I love to dance for my family the most.” With a vampire baby brother, a mother who is a witch and a mad scientist for a dad, this sure-footed protagonist comes from an eccentric clan supportive of her dream to be a ballerina. So on Saturday nights, she attends class with Madame Maladroit. Although her teacher is impressed with her talent, Zombelina’s classmates cringe and say she’s “taking [her] talents too far.” Here, Idle contrasts the studio’s ballerina-pink palette with the lime green presence of Zombelina, who has detached her leg from her hip socket in order to better execute a leg extension. The illustrations add fun and ably complement Crow’s rollicking, rhyming text. Some pages provide lush spreads, including some that are aglow in red hues during the night of Zombelina’s debut. Others feature vignettes showing her dedicated practice of pliés and pirouettes, popping against the white background.
Budding ballerinas will surely appreciate this tale, but also share with any child who may need an example of what determination and practice can accomplish when applied to what one loves. (Picture book. 4-7)