Ballet Monsters has a passion for all things ballet that includes designing clothes and drawing pictures inspired by his favourite dance. Encouraged by friends, he started a Facebook page and began posting his pictures. They were a huge success, gaining him over thirty thousand fans. This is Taiwan’s first illustrated book about ballet.
With only one illustration per page and short, to-the-point text, this book opens up a world of young dancers, their fears, their hopes, their struggles and their triumphs. While the book centres on no fixed main character, the reader follows in the footsteps of all young ballet dancers, from first practice to first performance and all the small competitions along the way. Princesses in tutus, crazy mothers, strange exercises, the constant jockeying for position, it’s all here, described with warmth and humour. The inner dramas rarely seen underneath the graceful exterior.
Those who are themselves intoxicated with the ballet will chuckle with recognition, while those who have never tried will understand the lure of this most beautiful dance.