Ballet Cat + a giveaway!


by Bob Shea (Disney-Hyperion, 2016)

This post is brought to you in partnership with Disney-Hyperion.

Can you look at these covers and not smile? Impossible. They w a m – p o w you with sparkles and awesome and confidence and an difficult-to-beat title like Dance! Dance! Underpants!

But beyond the glitter and brilliant character design, these are stories with a lot of heart. These are friendship stories that get right at the gut of telling the truth and not disappointing the people you love and the silly disaster of wearing goofy-looking underpants.

They are fun, they are fresh, and they are for young readers who deserve great books.

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I can’t read these without hearing Bob Shea’s voice, and you can too if you check this fun thing out:

And you’re in luck! The fine folks at Disney-Hyperion would like to give these two gems to you along with a plush Ballet Cat (who is so cute!) from MerryMakers, Inc.

All you have to do is comment here by midnight PST on Friday, February 12th.


File Feb 08, 6 00 57 PM BobShea Happy ballet-ing!

Bob Shea is the author of the first book about Ballet Cat: THE TOTALLY SECRET SECRET, the Dinosaur vs. series, and several other picture books, including DON’T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD and UNICORN THINKS HE’S PRETTY GREAT. He and his wife have their own design studio in Madison, Connecticut.

The Totally Secret Secret

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?

Dance! Dance! Underpants!

Ballet Cat is getting her friend Butter Bear ready for her big ballet debut. “Leap, Butter Bear, leap!” Ballet Cat prompts. But Butter Bear would prefer to just point her toe. When Ballet Cat keeps pushing, Butter Bear gets hungry, then thirsty, then sleepy . . . The bottom line is that Butter Bear would rather do almost anything to avoid making a big leap. Why? Because her bottom is covered in silly underpants! This second entry in the Ballet Cat series will have beginning readers rolling on the floor with laughter.


Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.


  • Erin O'Brien
    Posted February 9, 2016 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    We love reading Bob Shea’s books! These look hysterical. Can’t wait to read them with my son.

  • Posted February 9, 2016 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    That is adorable- and I love the video!

  • Miss Julie G.
    Posted February 9, 2016 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Love Bob Shea! We have both titles in our library collection along with his others. Such an adorable early reader series!

  • Posted February 9, 2016 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Absolutely, utterly adorbs! I love Ballet Cat!!

  • Miranda Ireland
    Posted February 9, 2016 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I can’t wait to read these books! I love Bob Shea ???

  • Sarah Hamilton, school librarian
    Posted February 9, 2016 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    My students love to check out Bob Shea’s books from their elementary libraries in Massillon, Ohio!

  • Posted February 9, 2016 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    I loved the Totally Secret Secret and am looking forward to reading Dance Dance Underpants — what a great title!

  • Gina Meinl
    Posted February 9, 2016 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    We love Bob Shea at out library. His books are so great for kids of all ages. He is my, “if you like Mo Willems, you’ll like….” go to guy! So excited for these new titles!

  • Posted February 9, 2016 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    The first book is SO great… look forward to reading the second!

  • Mami2jcn
    Posted February 9, 2016 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    My daughter would enjoy this.

  • Marilyn Garcia
    Posted February 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    I volunteer in a program that is a partnership between the public library and the public school system. I read and act as a reading mentor to kids who are struggling with reading, some of whom are brilliant kids who just haven’t developed language skills, some of whom are English Language Learners. So I always struggle with finding books that have very simple language that the kids might be able to read, at least a little, but are still interesting and fun for them to read. OMG, Ballet Cat has been a fantastic find for me and these kids. I must confess I didn’t think I would like it when I picked it up but I thought I would give it a try. Wow – love, love, love. Please, Bob Shea, keep writing these books!

  • Justin
    Posted February 9, 2016 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    You can’t go wrong with a Bob Shea book! His books are always a smash hit in our house!

  • Jilanne Hoffmann
    Posted February 9, 2016 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Awwww, who can resist Ballet Cat? Love the drawing video.

  • Denise M
    Posted February 9, 2016 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    So adorable! My daughter just started taking ballet this week

  • Posted February 9, 2016 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Too cute!

  • Posted February 9, 2016 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Heck yeah! Bob Shea me!

  • Posted February 9, 2016 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    OMG! That Ballet Cat is soo cute!!

  • Ryan
    Posted February 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Love Ballet Cat!

  • Posted February 9, 2016 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE Ballet Cat!
    I feel like she’s my spirit animal…except I don’t do ballet.
    Or even really LIKE cats.
    But I love her!

    So excited to see more adventures!

  • Posted February 9, 2016 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    My family loves Bob Shea! Ballet Cat is a big hit with my youngest.

  • Posted February 9, 2016 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know whose going to be more excited about these books- me or my students ?!!

  • Ashley Bankhead
    Posted February 9, 2016 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    What a fun giveaway. Thanks for doing this.

  • Posted February 10, 2016 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Best line in a book ever! I won’t give it away. It’s probably best kept a secret secret.

  • Ashley B.
    Posted February 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    This looks fantastic!!! my daughter would be THRILLED to own such a cute and funny book!!!! Fingers crossed!

  • Kelly D
    Posted February 11, 2016 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    My daughter would love this!

  • Laura
    Posted February 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    These are just perfect for my granddaughter!

  • D Schmidt
    Posted February 15, 2016 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Adorable illustrations and plotline.