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?
About the Author
Bob Shea (www.bobshea.com) is the author-illustrator of the Dinosaur vs. series and several other picture books, including Buddy and the Bunnies in: Don't Play With Your Food! and Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great. He and his wife, Colleen, run their own graphic design company called Perfectly Nice. Their son Ryan inspired the character Dinosaur. When Bob isn't out on the road promoting his books, he lives and works in Madison, Connecticut.
PRAISE FOR DINOSAUR VS. SCHOOL
". . .Shea's concept of "winning" at school clearly has to do with self-confidence, determination and, sometimes, teamwork-a winning idea indeed."—Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR BUDDY AND THE BUNNIES IN: DON'T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD
". . .Shea's digital art and one-joke narratives have blossomed. While this romp predictably favors the underdogs, Shea's energized colors, subtle background textures, and manic visuals keep the eye moving, while the shouty dialogue, hapless monster, and sneaky rabbits amplify the silly suspense."—Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR UNICORN THINKS HE'S PRETTY GREAT
*"Shea's cleverly written tale makes this a standout, but there's substance here, too. The grass may always seem greener, but the message comes across that everybody has special strengths, and togetherness can often maximize them. This tale of discovered friendship will delight unicorn fans and perhaps create new fans for goats."
—Booklist (starred review)
PRAISE FOR DINOSAUR VS. SANTA
"Energetic, retro mixed-media illustrations depict Dinosaur in a series of fabulous Christmas sweaters, smothering the bottom third of the tree in ornaments and lights, and roaring his way through the best Christmas ever. A must for most collections."
—School Library Journal
PRAISE FOR DINOSAUR VS. THE POTTY
*"Shea's bold collages are as in-your-face charming as his energetic hero, whose exuberance and stubborn avoidance of the potty will elicit both empathy and laughter."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)