James Mayhew - All books by this author
Ella Bella Ballerina Series - All books in this series
The newest title in Barron’s delightful Ella Bella series! In this story, Ella’s ballet teacher, Miss Rosa, tells them the story of La Boutique Fantasque. The story takes place in a toyshop full of dancing dolls, she explains, as she shows them her own collection of dancing dolls and her magical music box. When Ella stays late to help clean up, she finds herself magically transported to a toyshop filled with magical dancing dolls! Ella is thrilled to meet all of the dancing dolls, but she is especially taken with two can-can dancing dolls that are in love. When two different families come to the shop and decide to each buy one of the dolls, the pair are distraught. Now Ella wonders…is there some way to keep them together forever? This charming tale is beautifully illuminated by James Mayhew’s delightful illustrations. A page at the end of the book explains the story behind La Boutique Fantasque for young readers. (Ages 4–8)
From the Reviews:
"Any child who enjoys ballet and music (not to mention dolls) will really enjoy this book with its lifelike but whimsical illustrations. The final page consists of a brief history of the ballet “La Boutique Fantasque,” which gives an additional background to the story. This story is well recommended for a bedtime story or for sharing."
Catholic Library World
"A wonderfully imaginative and entertaining read from first page to last, "Ella Bella Ballerina and The Magic Toyshop" is unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections."
The Midwest Book Review
"The Ella Bella Ballerina series is pretty awesome as the stories are enjoyable to read and the illustrations perfectly compliment the story. A sweet story for little ballerinas everywhere."
Living In Random, inrandom.com
About The Author:
James Mayhew is an award-winning author and illustrator of many children’s books, including the popular Ella Bella Ballerina series. James Mayhew claims that he began writing so that he would have something to illustrate. His special love for opera and ballet is reflected in many of his stories and illustrations. He was born in Blundeston, a tiny village in Suffolk, England, and now lives with his wife and son in Letchworth Garden City, England.
Hardcover w/jacket / 32 Pages / 9 x 12 1/2 / 2017