Zombelina by Kristyn Crow

Book Description:

Published: July 9, 2013

Zombelina loves to dance. She moonwalks with mummies and boogies with bats. She spins like a specter and glides like a ghost and loves to dance for her family the most. When Zombelina enrolls in a ballet class for real girls, her dancing gives everyone the chills! But when her first recital brings on a case of stage fright, her zombie moans and ghoulish groans scare her audience away. Only her devoted family’s cheers, in their special spooky way, help Zombelina dance the ballet debut of her dreams.

Introducing the most adorable zombie to ever grace the dance floor, Kristyn Crow’s pitch-perfect rhyme and Molly Idle’s charmingly spook-tacular illustrations will make every reader want to sway and sashay in their own zombie trance.

Review –

I found this book free online at my virtual library site and had to check it out.

While it is an e-book, it is narrated to you and you see all of the beautifully illustrated pictures as the story progresses.

If you think the idea of a zombie ballerina isn’t very appealing, think again. Zombies have been very popular in our culture for the last several years just like vampires so must young children know what a zombie is.

Zombelina wants to be a ballerina and gets to take lessons but all the other students don’t like her but she practices and becomes very good. When the night of the recital comes she gets severe stage fright and all of the people in the audience run out scared to death at the sight of her. She just stands there, on stage, but when she sees her Zombie family in attendance it gives her the courage to perform and she is wonderful.

This is truly a sweet book and very likable and other reader must think so too because Zombelina Dances The Nutcracker was published this year and I’m sure there will be more to come.

I love it.

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Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well (Aunt Dimity Series #19) by Nancy Atherton

Book Description:

Published: April 17, 2014

When a strapping young Australian named Jack MacBride arrives in Finch to wrap up his late uncle’s affairs, heads turn in the sleepy English village. But when Lori volunteers to help Jack clear out his uncle’s overgrown garden, they discover something even more shocking than a stranger turning up in Finch.

After Lori laughingly tosses a coin into the garden’s old well and makes a wish, she is baffled to find that the wish seems to have come true. Word spreads, and the villagers turn out in droves to make wishes of their own. But as they soon learn, one person’s wish is another person’s worst nightmare and the village is thrown into chaos.

As more and more wishes come true, Lori resolves to find out what’s really going on. Is handsome Jack somehow tricking his neighbors? Or are they fooling themselves? With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly help, Lori discovers that the truth is even more marvelous than a magical wishing well.

Review –

This installment of the Aunt Dimity Mystery Series was much better than the last one I read.  It’s the perfect scenario for the old saying of  “if something looks too good to be true-it usually is”. Loved it.

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