Spotlight and Giveaway: Bob Shea’s Ballet Cat series!


Welcome to a special post featuring Bob Shea’s Ballet Cat books and a very cool and generous giveaway, courtesy of Disney-Hyperion! Read on to find out more about the series and how you can enter to win a prize pack featuring everything Ballet Cat.

Bob Shea, author and illustrator of terrific and fun picture books (the Shark vs. series, Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great, Don’t Play With Your Food) has entered the world of early fiction readers with the tremendously entertaining, effervescent, and madcap Ballet Cat series. With the intrepid and energetic Ballet Cat as our leader, readers are in for twirls and leaps as they meet fun dance-loving friends and help solve some problems.


Stimulating and vibrant in illustration and appearance, Ballet Cat uses conversation bubbles as narrative style to great effect. Having the chance to read the story as conversations between Ballet Cat and Butter Bear (or other characters) makes for practice if reading alone, fun back-and-forth if reading in pairs, as well as wonderful voice opportunities if reading aloud and sharing with a group.


Readers who are familiar with Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie readers or Pigeon picture book series and are looking for something new, energetic and funny to read- Ballet Cat is a terrific choice and will likely become a new well-read favourite. Ballet Cat might also be a solid pick for those those who enjoy young readers series such as Pete the Cat, Brownie & Pearl, Splat the Cat, Pig in a Wig, or other similar humorous children’s titles.


Ballet Cat series by Bob Shea (for ages 6-8)
Book 1: The Totally Secret Secret (in stores now!)
Book 2: Dance! Dance! Underpants! (in stores February 2!)

The Totally Secret Secret

BalletCat1Ballet 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?

Dance! Dance! Underpants!

BalletCat2Ballet 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.



BobSheaBob 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.




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One (1) winner will receive:


· Plus a plush BALLET CAT by MerryMakers Inc.

Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.

The giveaway is open to: United States

The giveaway opens: February 8th, 2016

The giveaway closes: February 15th, 2016

The winning entry will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter. All entries will be verified. Winner has by end of day February 17, 2016 to respond to me via email ( with their mailing address, or a new entry will be drawn. Enter by clicking on the following link to Rafflecopter and follow the instructions to enter.

Enter the giveaway here via Rafflecopter!

Update February 15th: The giveaway is now closed!

Thank you to everyone who entered and participated!

Congratulations to: Tara O.!

Please email me with your mailing address by February 17th!


Copies of Totally Secret Secret and Dance! Dance! Underpants provided courtesy of Disney-Hyperion for purposes of this post and giveaway. Review opinions and comments are my own. Disney-Hyperion is also providing the prize pack for one winner from my site. Thank you!

Author: michelle@fabbookreviews

Reference & Children's Librarian. Reader. Reviewer.

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