The Cranky Ballerina

The Cranky Ballerina

Book - 2016
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"Saturdays make Ada cranky because that's the day of her ballet class, and she hates ballet"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780062351241
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages :,colour illustrations ;,24 cm.


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Jun 19, 2019

I didn't feel that the author showed any kind of understanding of children, their feelings, or how to grow from them. All my children got was how to complain at every waking moment about every thing possible. There was no "the effort will pay off for your hard work" or anything of the sort. Just endless complaining! And to teach them to scream "hate" so much is just such a bad example.

LPL_DanC Sep 24, 2018

Elise Gravel is one of my favorite illustrators, but she nails it with this story, too. A young girl hates Saturdays because it's the day of her ballet class, which "is not her thing," because she always ends up kicking, hitting, and bumping into everyone, no matter how hard she tries. Luckily, she runs smack into the teacher at the martial arts school next door, and they realize where her natural interests and inclinations lie: Karate! The cranky ballerina will be cranky no more. Gravel puts the icing on the cake by including, on the last page, a mirror image of her female protagonist, a boy in the karate class whose "thing" appears to be ballet. Hopefully he finds his way to the recently vacated spot in the ballet class next door. Brilliant!

Nicholle_P Feb 14, 2017

A mismatch between talent, interest and a weekly ballet class leads to frustration for Ada, until she tries something new and finds her true passion. If you enjoy Elise Gravel's cheeky cartoon humour check out her other titles! Slightly older kids who love "gross" facts will want to check out her "disgusting creatures" non-fiction series.

Dec 29, 2016

This is a pretty cute book, however, I do not like the repetitive use of the word "hate" for such a young audience.

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