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101 Things I Hate About Your House by James Swan
The People Inside by Ray Fawkes
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Strange Fruit, Volume 1 by Joel Christian Gill
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Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
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Comments for Zombelina

Zombelina: 02/21/15

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Zombelina by Kristyn Crow is another delightful ballet themed picture book. Zomebelina like many young girls is enrolled in ballet classes. She has a recital coming up and is enthusiastically practicing. She's also the only zombie in her class.

Most of the book is about the lead up to the recital. Zombelina shows her unique interpretation of the different ballet standards. Many of these center on the problems zombies face, namely, detachable body parts.

The last couple pages though change over to the recital. What was to be a joyous event isn't so. Even the most enthusiastic of students can get a case of stage fright, especially when there's a less than receptive audience. Though the other parents aren't thrilled to see a zombie on stage, her family is enthusiastic, boisterous and supportive.

I love the gentle message of doing something for yourself and enjoying it without expecting to be the star of that thing, or even doing a thing well. I also love the reminder that family support for personal projects is vital.

Five stars

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