Monday, May 25, 2015

Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea

Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret 
by Bob Shea 
56 pages
NetGalley- Disney-Hyperion 
Picture Book
May 5th 2015 

Book Jacket Summary
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?

My Thoughts
A lesson book that does not feel preachy? With a pink kitten and a spotted horse? Sign me up!
This book is just adorable with a message that not everyone wants to do what you want to do all the time. That one is a hard one for little kids and this book is very good about making that message clear. The pony doesn't want to dance all day and keeps suggesting other things but Ballet Cat just wants to dance. Sparkles the Pony feels that Ballet Cat will no longer be his friend if he tells her that he really doesn't want to dance. However things wrap up neatly and Ballet Cat and Sparkles are better friends than ever!
I like the bright bold colors in this book and the simplicity of the characters. Bob Shea did a wonder job with this on! I already know there is another one in the works and I cannot wait!

Book Pairings
Flora's Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall 
Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne C. Jones 
Cheetah Can't Lose by Bob Shea



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