Early Book Review: Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea

Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret is the first book in a new easy reader series from Bob Shea. It is currently scheduled for release on May 5 2015. Best friends Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide what to play today. Nothing that Sparkles suggests, such as making crafts, playing checkers, or selling lemonade, goes very 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? 

Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret is a fun new book from one of my favorite children's authors. The artwork from Shea, and the humor of the story, hold up to my expectations and result is a fun book for young readers. Ballet Cat and Sparkles are best friends, but Sparkles is afraid that if he admits to not wanting to play the same game at Ballet Cat that their friendship with end. This is something I am sure most kids can relate to- wanting to be liked by someone they like so much that they are afraid to speak their minds. Ballet Cat's answer to this fear is perfect, and charming.

I highly recommend Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret to all new and developing readers. Readers that are already fans of Bob Shea's picturebooks will have a special attraction to this new series. Young readers that already love early readers like the Elephant & Piggie series from Mo Willems will also find much to love with the spunky Ballet Cat.

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