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3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  461 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Zombelina loves to dance. She moonwalks with mummies and boogies with bats. She spins like a specter and glides like a ghost and loves to dance for her family the most. When Zombelina enrolls in a ballet class for real girls, her dancing gives everyone the chills! But when her first recital brings on a case of stage fright, her zombie moans and ghoulish groans scare her au ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Sep 17, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, zombie

Meet Zombelina….

”I moonwalk with mummies and boogie with bats.

I wiggle with werewolves and rock out with rats.”

Haha…I liked her instantly. But what happens when Zombelina enrolls in dance class with the living? Dips, demi-plies and stage fright! :o Can she survive a case of the jitters and dance on?

Zombelina’s tale shows how important inspiration and support can be in standing up and facing our fears. We can do anything with love and support!

A warm, soft look to the witches, creatures, and zom
Aug 18, 2015 Kristi rated it it was amazing
This one was adorable! The girl loved it!
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Love this !!!!
Zombelina loves to dance, but she gets stage fright during her debut ballet performance. Luckily, her family shows up and knows just what to do to save the day.

Told in rhyming text with art rendered using Prismacolor pencils, this is sure to make a fun new Halloween read aloud. Artwork is just scary enough to be fun for the season, but not too scary for young children.

I liked how supportive the family is portrayed as here. It's a little strange to say so, but this book has a heart-warming quali
Sep 02, 2014 Jocelin rated it liked it
Well, if vampires can be ballerinas, I guess so can zombies. This was a cute story. Little gruesome in some parts for really little kids. It's not really scary but, it could be a little unsettling. Loved the fact that her family as well as her ballet instruction were very supportive of her love of dance. It's a cute book for any one that is a fan of the ballet.
Edward Sullivan
Aug 26, 2013 Edward Sullivan rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
It's not every ballerina who can remove and replace her head at will.
I love the illustration. The story is cute and all about following your bliss and sharing it with others.
Mandy Crider
Oct 24, 2016 Mandy Crider rated it it was amazing
Read to my seven year old and she loved it. Cute story about a zombie who wants to become a ballerina. Good rhyming and vocabulary.
I feel like I have read a very similar book to this, or E. did a great job in telling me its story. A fun edition to Halloween or monsters for a preschool theme. The illustrations had some humor in the zombie-ness, even if I am not a zombie fan. Some play on words that school-age might get better.
Oct 27, 2016 Mindi rated it liked it
Another good Halloween book for the kiddos. Zombie ballerina.
Krista Loreen
Oct 04, 2016 Krista Loreen rated it really liked it
My daughter, 3, loves this book and it's a fun read too. When we went searching for Halloween books her one request was a zombie princess dancer book, I was pleasantly surprised and so was the children's librarian when we found this gem. It's a cute twist on following one's dreams and a supportive family.
Sep 27, 2016 Rachael rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute artwork.
Sep 23, 2016 Kirsten rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
I do enjoy me some Zombelina! Poor Zombelina thinks her legs are going to fall off during her ballet recital.. I've been there, thought that.
Even the undead have dreams and Zombelina’s family would see hers realized. They decide to enroll her in ballet lessons with living girls, one of whom seems to have a delightfully weak stomach. Zombelina practices her way through the demi-plies and chasses she learns from Madame Maladroit (nice name for a ballet instructor/studio owner). The night of the recital finds Zombelina dead in her tracks, stage-frightened she becomes inadvertently frightening, and soon her solo act finds all the ...more
Salt Lake City Public Library
Some days I’m in the mood for something spooky. Other days I’m in the mood for something sweet, but what to do on a day when I’m in the mood for both? Why, I reach for Kristyn Crow’s Zombelina , of course. Zombies, monsters, and ballet: together at last in one book.

The protagonist is an aspiring ballerina who won’t let being a zombie get in the way of pursuing her dreams. Young Zombelina has some talents that other dancers lack: demi-pliés that make spider webs tatter, wicked chassés that make
Kelsey Sant
Sep 18, 2016 Kelsey Sant rated it liked it
Another good book to read around Halloween to younger students. This is about a zombie who wants to be a ballerina. It would be a perfect book to base a dance lesson off of, with a plethora of action verbs.
Oct 28, 2014 Brenna rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-s-lit
I’ve been a Molly Idle fan ever since Flora and the Flamingo and love her style and paired with Kristyn Crow’s storyline and as an added bonus this spooky-sweet story was perfectly times with Halloween (unintentionally). In quasi Addams’ Family form, Zombelina’s family is an eclectic bunch of typical spooky and eerie characters who support her as she pursues her dancing dreams by enrolling in a ballet class. Zombelina experiences some minor social issues with the differences between her peers ...more
Jessica Verzello
Jun 23, 2016 Jessica Verzello rated it it was amazing
Zombelina is a fantastic dancer and on her way to becoming a real ballerina. When her mom and dad put her in a Saturday night ballet class, Zombelina starts to prepare for her first real dance recital. Except, on opening night she gets a terrible bout of stage fright and scares everyone away! Everyone except her family, that is. They cheer and holler and Zombelina gives them a fantastic show. After the recital, the whole family heads home (along with the ballet teacher) to celebrate Zombelina’s ...more
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By: Kristyn Crow
Illustrated By: Molly Idle
Grade Level: K-2
DRA, Lexile Measure, GLR: n/a
Reviewed By: Aaron Carter

This book is about a young, female zombie who loves to dance, so her parents enroll her in a ballerina class. She excels in class; however, when taking stage in front of an audience she gets "stage fright," and then the attendees and dancers flee the theatre when they discover that she's a zombie. Her family, ghosts, bats and other creatures/monsters support her as she finishes her per
A unique ballet story for little ones. Zomebelina loves to dance. Her picky mother finally says it's time for her to take real dance classes. Her teacher loves her flexibility (she takes her leg OFF to get it over her head), but her classmates thinks she's a bit odd.

Performance day comes and Zombelina and other classmates are on the stage. As the music begins, Zombelina finds that she can't dance with all of these eyes on her and no noises that she's used to. So she strikes a pose and makes some
Aug 21, 2013 Aleece rated it it was amazing
Zombelina loves to dance and when her mother suggests that it is time to turn her into a ballerina Zombelina believes that her mother is going to cast a spell on her, not send her to dance class. She practices and practices until it is finally time to dance in the recital. However when she gets on stage, freezes and gets stiff like a zombie. When the crowd clears out her family is the only ones left and she dances for them.

This is a great story that shows that sometimes even when you practice st
Jul 27, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
"My name is Zombelina and I love dance. I sway and sashay in a weird zombie trance."

Zombelina especially loves dancing for her family (though she sometimes gets carried away - cue the bats to carry her leg off) So her mother enrolls Zombelina in ballet school. She loves the class and practices constantly, but when it comes to the performance, she freezes. That's when the audience discovers she's a zombie. As a fearful audience clears the theater, her family arrives. And she dances up a storm as
Amy Finnegan
Sep 12, 2013 Amy Finnegan rated it it was amazing
Kristyn Crow is one of my new favorite picture book writers. Her books always have a strong beat and are fun and easy to read aloud. My young daughter loves it when we read one of Crow's books because the text is so lyrical, she remembers how to finish the ending of each verse.

The newest addition to Crow's collection of stories is about ZOMBELINA, a sweet girl with a slight rotting problem. But this doesn't stop her from chasing her dream! She ignores the rude behavior of the other girls and kee
Camille Rivera
Jun 25, 2015 Camille Rivera rated it really liked it
Zomelina is, you guessed it, a zombie! But she wants more badly than anything to be a ballerina. She starts a ballerina class where the teacher is impressed, but the other girls think she's odd. On the night of the performance, Zombelina gets stage fright and scares the audience away when they see she's a zombie. But her family and friends show up shortly after and they all celebrate after her amazing performance. The illustrations for this book are bright and fun, even though it is a story ...more
Oct 19, 2013 Alice rated it really liked it
Quite Possibly a 4 1/4 Very well done. I love Kristyn Crow Books (Not because she lives in SLC Utah or that she came to our library last year and is coming back this Halloween) I love the cadence of her books and the that they are funny and fun.

I love the Zombie ballerina can literally put her leg up by her head (because well, it isn't attached to her hip like her other ballet class members!)

I love the color red and not a lot of books are done in the color red. Fun all year round book and fun
Zombelina a zombie, swaying and moaning, boogying with bats. When she is sent to a proper ballet school, the human girls instantly dislike her. (Maybe because she's a zombie and will probably eat their brains but that's beside the point.) The look of revulsion on their faces(raised eyebrows, tongues sticking out, gagging) says it all. At least that's the only explanation I can find about why the story ended the way it did. I guess I had expected a story about tolerance from ...more
Oct 07, 2013 Marya rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
If your ballet debut ends up with you experiencing stage fright, that's not so great. If your stage fright involves you moaning with arms outstretched, causing the audience the run away in horror shouting "Zombie", that is an unmitigated disaster. I don't care if her family still shows up to support her and cheer. I don't care that they return home to celebrate with ice cream. Even my little one knows you can't just threaten to eat your audience's brains and not expect a zombie hunter to blow ...more
Sep 12, 2013 Shelli rated it it was amazing
Zombelina is a fantastic ballerina picture book for children who like the strange and unusual. Zombelina is a young monster girl who loves to dance. Wanting to encourage her daughter’s passion, her mother enrolls her in Madame Maladroit’s school of dance. The other ballerinas find Zombelina’s extreme style of ballet weird and bothersome. Zombelina doesn’t seem to notice their agitation and practices at every opportunity.

A sweet story of dance, determination and family; absolutely loved it!
Nov 03, 2013 Leigh rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
I like the theme of self affirmation and family support but frankly, the book was just weird. The picture of her taking her leg OFF to complete a challenging dance routine was uncomfortable. I know the book is supposed to be cute but honestly, there are much better books out there with the same theme. And I've seen much better books on odd ballerinas that feature hippos, dinos and chickens but um, not zombies. (If you like zombies and picture books, try Zombie in Love, which is hilarious and ...more
Aug 10, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: halloween
Zombies are the new big thing! This was a cute read, definitely fun for a Halloween storytime/program. I liked that all the ballerinas were a normal, healthy size! Very refreshing. It reminded me of Vampirina Ballerina by Ann Marie Pace.

Wouldn't recommend it for any child under 4, but depends on the maturity of the child. Some kids will be able to chuckle at this and it might scare others when her limbs come off.
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Kristyn Crow is the author of four children's picture books: COOL DADDY RAT (Putnam), BEDTIME AT THE SWAMP (HarperCollins, THE MIDDLE CHILD BLUES (Putnam, coming soon) and SKELETON CAT (Scholastic, coming soon). COOL DADDY RAT received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. She is the mother of seven children, some with special needs, and Kristyn has written hundreds of ...more
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