Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Tim Miller
Illustrator: Tim Miller
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Moo Moo decides she is going to be a ballerina. Her loyal friend Mr. Quackers is worried, given that she’s never taken ballet lessons, but supportive nonetheless. Determined to share her talents with the world, Moo Moo both figuratively and literally crashes a ballet recital. Reception is less than warm from all but Mr. Quackers, who cheers enthusiastically for his friend. Although Moo Moo's plan to become a ballerina doesn't turn out as expected, her confidence remains undaunted. This fun book ends with Moo Moo plotting a new plan that the two pals can both participate in, setting up nicely for a sequel.
Tim Miller's cartoon illustrations are adorable in this entertaining book about two dear friends and their silly antics. It is sure to be a new favorite read-aloud for young children. All of the text is given in dialogue boxes between Moo Moo and Mr. Quackers, making it perfect for story-time. Children will enjoy the use of animals, instead of people, to tell the story and are sure to get a laugh from it. The book could possibly do more to directly teach about the importance of practice, but as it stands, Moo Moo in a Tutu is an excellent tool for teaching about creativity, confidence, and trying new things.