NY TIMES BESTSELLING MEDIA DARLING: Misty is a rare ballet superstar (she was only the second African American female soloist for the ABT and the first African American woman to be named principal dancer) who has become a household name. Beloved by the media for her inspirational story and impressive list of accomplishments, she has had numerous endorsement deals with companies like American Express, COACH, Diet Dr. Pepper, Estée Lauder, Oikos, Seiko, and she’s also an ambassador for Boys and Girls Club of America. Her Under Armour campaign “I Will What I Want” went viral and currently has over 11,000,000 views to date. In addition to her own collection of active wear with Under Armour she also has her own Barbie doll with Mattel. Most recently, Misty also starred in her first film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. She’s additionally been profiled in almost every major publication and has appeared as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance.
EXCITING NEW SERIES FROM A STAR: The first of two planned picture books, Bunheads tells a fictionalized rendition of Misty’s first days in ballet in a relatable and inspirational way that will have children everywhere striving to do their best in whatever they choose. The books to follow will continue Misty’s journey in the dance world and will also feature her friends introduced in this first book.
AWARD-WINNING HISTORY: Misty’s first picture book, Firebird, received glowing press, numerous awards, starred reviews, and wide praise from readers—we expect no less from Misty’s new picture book series, Bunheads.
STUNNING ARTWORK: Setor Fiadzigbey creates elegant characters that convey strength and vulnerability, perfect for portraying Misty Copeland as a budding dancer. His skill with body language captures the precision and emotion of ballet poses and his animation experience gives his artwork a strong sense of storytelling. His scenes have a palpable sense of mood and place, from the German roots of the story of Coppélia to the contemporary ballet studio and the glamor and drama of the stage. We were particularly excited to find an established talent from Ghana and work with him on his debut picture book in the US.
Praise for Bunheads:
Instant Indie Bestseller!
★ “Few picture books feature skilled youth dancers and even fewer star a girl of color, but this beautifully does both while simultaneously conveying the joy dancing can bring.” —Booklist, starred review
★ “Celebrates the joy of dance with a biographical glimpse of the young Misty in her first ballet class, auditions, and preparation for a performance of Coppélia. A muted color palette in digitally painted art highlights the technique and diversity of the dancers…[as] the author follows her young self through the audition process for dance roles, her questioning thoughts about her own talent, working with other dancers, and the sheer thrill of performance…This title is the perfect biographical addition for young readers interested in dance and the arts.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“The magical tale of a gutsy young ballerina, drawn from the barrier-breaking dancer’s own life.” —People
“The sense of movement, perspective, and depth [illustrator Setor Fiadzigbey] brings to Bunheads is like nothing I’ve ever seen…And you don’t have to be a dance fanatic to enjoy it; while the vast majority of the action takes place in the studio or onstage, any child who has ever had a dream or felt passionate about something will find themselves in the book’s pages. And frankly, even if a kid has never heard of a plié or seen the inside of a ballet class, the sheer joy on every illustration of Misty’s face will probably have them pas de bourrée-ing around the house to see what all the fuss is about.” —NPR.com
“A gorgeous, inclusive tale . . [that] will inspire the next generation of dancers.” —Shondaland.com
“Bunheads features two young female dancers and friends…[and] while films and television sensationalize the ballet world as cutthroat with trash-talking ballerinas, Copeland depicts a much different environment where the characters champion one another.” —Parade
“In Bunheads, ballerina Misty Copeland tells the story of how she fell in love with dance.” —TIME for Kids
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