Dragons don’t dance Ballet by Jennifer Carson #BookReview #BookTour


Book Details:

Book Title:  Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet by Jennifer Carson
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  36 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Vinal Publishing
Release date:   December 8, 2020
Format available for review:  print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Jan 18 to Feb 5, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

Esmeralda Dragon works the spotlight at the Metropolitan Ballet, but what she really wants to do is dance. Encouraged by her friend Harold to audition, Esmeralda takes a leap of faith only to discover that she doesn’t quite fit in with the other ballerinas. But Esmerelda isn’t ready to give up–and neither is Harold! Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet is a whimsical picture book that challenges body image expectations and encourages little ones to go for their dreams.

My Review:

Dragons don’t dance ballet is a picture book for young children and yet the message it tries to put across is meant for everyone, children and adults alike. The message is to rise above one’s body image expectations and not let them come in the way of achieving our dreams.

From a broader perspective, this book is inspiring in terms of overcoming our self-doubt when it comes to our capabilities or the pre-conceived limiting notions that being of a certain kind, whether it is about our gender or about our body type or about our race or about our situations and circumstances in life, we cannot achieve something although we have it in our hearts burning like fire.

As much the story of Esmeralda, the dragon, is about her perseverance and self-belief, it also touches upon the value of having strong support in a friend, Harold, who motivates her and pushes her to go after her dream and make it come true. All of us need a friend like that and, at the same time, also need to be a friend like that to someone.

The illustrations are superbly cute and go very well with the flow of the story. Esmeralda looks especially adorable. The story is quite entertaining for the children with funny bits shown through the illustrations. The children are surely going to enjoy reading this book or having it read aloud to them by the parent or carer.

This book will make a wonderful gift for the little ones.

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Meet the Author:

Jennifer Carson lives in Michigan with her husband, four sons and many furry friends. She grew up on a steady diet of Muppet movies and Renaissance faires and would occasionally be caught reading under the blankets with a flashlight. Besides telling tales, Jennifer likes to create fantasy creatures and characters and publishes her own sewing patterns. Her artwork and patterns can be seen online at thedragoncharmer.com.

Jennifer’s work has been featured in national magazines including: Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Faerie Magazine, Soft Dolls and Animals, Teddy Bear and Friends, and Dolls United.

Connect with the author:  website ~ facebook ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Jan 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Jan 18 –Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 –Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 21 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Jan 22 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 25 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 25 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview
Jan 26 –Instagram: All Booked Up Reviews – book review
Jan 26 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Jan 26 – One Frugal Girl – book review
Jan 27 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Jan 27 – Amy’s Booket List – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 29 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Feb 1 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Feb 2 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review
Feb 3 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 –Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Feb 5 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

This book review is a part of the Book Review Tour organized by iRead Book Tours.

I recieved a pdf copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.



  1. From your review, I can definitely say that although the book might have been written for children, the message it shares is quite universal. I’d have read it aloud to Arjyo when he was little. Books like these were meant to be re-read many times over. I’m sure you know that feeling. 😉
    I’d love to read this book myself if could lay my hands on it, now. :))

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  2. This book seems perfect for not just kids but for adults as well. We all have these self-doubts, these images in our mind that tell us we aren’t fit for something although we would love to do it.
    Also, encouraging kids to get over their fears, their body image issues will help them grow into more confident adults. I wish we had read such books when we were kids!


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