Author(s): Katharine Holabird
Angelina the dancing mouse has been enchanting little ballerinas for 30 years. In this larger format, anniversary paperback picture book, she will inspire a whole new generation. Angelina wants more than anything else to become a ballerina and dances all the time - even when she's supposed to be doing chores or getting ready for school. Her parents, Mr and Mrs Mouseling, are in despair - but then they think of a plan. They decide it's time for Angelina to go to ballet school! She works hard for years and years until she becomes the famous ballerina, Mademoiselle Angelina! This wonderful story - a firm favourite of little girls - has captured the hearts and minds of toddler after toddler and has already become a classic, spawning a whole library of Angelina books as well as a television series and even a musical. This new, bigger, book only underlines the incredible importance of Angelina Ballerina and celebrates her thirtieth birthday.
Katharine Holabird went to Bennington College in Vermont, USA, and spent three years as a journalist in Italy. She has been writing the Angelina books since 1983 and now lives in London with her family. Helen Craig is one of the UK's most successful children's illustrators. She became an apprentice photographer aged sixteen and went on to set up her own studio. Helen has illustrated over sixty children's books. She lives in Cambridge.