Tallulah is certain she will have a solo in her dance school’s upcoming performance of
The Frog Prince. After all, she is now an excellent ballerina. And she’s proud that her
little brother, Beckett, has started taking ballet too, even though he spends most of his
time goofing off.
But then Tallulah gets an unexpected surprise . . . and not the good kind. What’s a
ballerina to do when everything does not go as planned?
Ballet and sibling rivalry meet head-on in this fabulous follow-up to Tallulah’s Tutu.
About the Author
Marilyn Singer has written more than ninety books for children and young adults, including
Tallulah’s Tutu and A Stick Is an Excellent Thing, as well as the award-winning Mirror Mirror: A
Book of Reversible Verse (Dutton). She loves to watch ballet and is an accomplished dancer of
swing, foxtrot, and chacha. While researching the books about Tallulah, she sat in on a number
of ballet classes for girls and boys at the Third Street Music School in New York City, which now
puts on performances of the Tallulah books, featuring Marilyn as the narrator. Marilyn lives in
Brooklyn, New York, and Washington, Connecticut, with her husband and several pets. You can
visit her at www.marilynsinger.net.
Truth be told, Alexandra Boiger really never took any ballet classes. If you ask her about her
feelings for Tallulah and dance, she will tell you that the passion, strength, and humanity of this
little girl are what spoke to her while doing the art for both Tallulah’s Tutu and Tallulah’s Solo.
Going back to her own childhood, Alexandra felt about drawing exactly the way Tallulah does
for ballet. Looking to the present, Alexandra sees all of Tallulah’s emotions in her own little girl,
Vanessa, who wants to be either a professional soccer player, storyteller, or actor at the school
play—all equally enthusiastically. Alexandra was born and grew up in Munich, Germany. She
now lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two cats, and has illustrated many
picture books, as well as the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. You can visit her at
What People are Saying About This
"[A] charming follow-up to 2011's Tallulah's Tutu." The New York Times Book Review
"A lovely story that gently and effectively presents common childhood difficulties wrapped in a world of tutus and sparkles."Kirkus Reviews
"A lovely tribute to the closeness of brothers and sisters, this title holds appeal for the child needing patience, yet wanting to be recognized."School Library Journal "Conveys Tallulah’s shifting emotions as a dancer and as a sister with equal perception and finesse. Full of light and grace, Boiger’s watercolor illustrations bring the characters to life in lively paintings. An appealing choice for ballet lovers and a fine sequel to Tallulah’s Tutu"Booklist
"Boiger's gouache and watercolor art is as fluid and graceful as a pirouette."Publishers Weekly