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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Dragons Don't Dance Ballet by Jennifer Carson On Tour with Iread


Join us for this tour from Jan 18 to Feb 5, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Dragons Don't Dance Ballet by Jennifer Carson
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  36 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Vinal Publishing
Release date:   December 8, 2020
Format available for review:  print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Jan 18 to Feb 5, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.
Book Description:

Esmeralda Dragon works the spotlight at the Metropolitan Ballet, but what she really wants to do is dance. Encouraged by her friend Harold to audition, Esmeralda takes a leap of faith only to discover that she doesn’t quite fit in with the other ballerinas. But Esmerelda isn’t ready to give up–and neither is Harold! Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet is a whimsical picture book that challenges body image expectations and encourages little ones to go for their dreams.
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Meet the Author:

Jennifer Carson lives in Michigan with her husband, four sons and many furry friends. She grew up on a steady diet of Muppet movies and Renaissance faires and would occasionally be caught reading under the blankets with a flashlight. Besides telling tales, Jennifer likes to create fantasy creatures and characters and publishes her own sewing patterns. Her artwork and patterns can be seen online at

Jennifer's work has been featured in national magazines including: Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Faerie Magazine, Soft Dolls and Animals, Teddy Bear and Friends, and Dolls United.Jennifer's work has been featured in national magazines including: Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Faerie Magazine, Soft Dolls and Animals, Teddy Bear and Friends, and Dolls United.

connect with the author:  website ~ facebook ~ goodreads

Author Interview:

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

Most of my story ideas come to me in moments of quiet “busy-ness”—like when I’m washing the dishes, or just waking up from a dream. Esmerelda, however, was inspired by a friend. Some of my boys and I both danced at a local dance studio when we lived in New Hampshire, and my mom came to one of the holiday shows just before Christmas. After the show she made a snide comment that my friend shouldn’t have been “up there” (on stage) because she did not have the right type of body—even though she was visibly the best adult dancer in the group. 

How long have you been writing?

I actually started out wanting to illustrate, not write, but I caught the writing bug in high school and was encouraged by a writing professor in college. Then, a question by my then 7-year-old (in 2004) lit the bug in me again.

What was that question?

My son asked me how dragons learned to breathe fire. That was the impetus for my writing career and that question turned into my first published book, To Find A Wonder (2009), which was then turned into a stage musical in 2010.

As a mom and a writer, how do you balance your time?

My children are all adults now, so it’s not as hard, as when they were younger and busier. But, when they were little, I wrote during nap time mostly, and even when my two youngest were on different nap schedules, I’d nurse the baby while the two-year-old was sleeping and type with one hand. Thank goodness for those little nursing doughnuts!

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

My parents took me to the Renaissance festival when I was a freshman in high school. I can say, without hesitation, that I would go to medieval Scotland.

If you were stuck on a deserted island, which three books would you take with you?

I would take A Tale of Despereaux, a compilation of the Brother’s Grimm stories, and Beowolf.

My Thoughts

What an adorable children's picture book. It is well written and beautifully illustrated. Esmerelda is so adorable. Esmeralda has been working the spot light at the ballet. However she has so many dreams to dance instead of running the spot light. After the performances she would perform while the janitor, Harold cleaned up. The janitor shows Esmeralda how there are open auditions and encouraged her to try out. Esmeralda is not like others. She is a dragon - and much taller then everyone else. Harold is her biggest cheerleader and encourages her. I loved this theme. 

This book shows that even if you are not the typical type they are looking for you can still be amazing. 

This is a great book geared toward younger girls. It is an adorable story. I received a copy of this book through IRead book tours - all thoughts are my own. 

Tour Schedule:

Jan 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Jan 18 -Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 -Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 21 – I'd Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Jan 22 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 25 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 25 - Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview
Jan 26 - Instagram: All Booked Up Reviews – book review
Jan 26 - Reading is My Passion – book review
Jan 26 - One Frugal Girl – book review
Jan 27 - Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
Jan 27 - Amy's Booket List - book review / giveaway
Jan 28 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 29 - Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Feb 1 - Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Feb 2 - Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 2 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 - The Bespectacled Mother – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 - fundinmental – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 - Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 -Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Feb 5 - Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for letting Esmerelda dance onto your blog pages!