Angelina Ballerina

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Angelina Ballerina
Author Katharine Holabird
Illustrator Helen Craig
Cover artist Helen Craig
Country England
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Aurum Press
No. of books 22

Angelina Ballerina is a cartoon mouse, created by author Katharine Holabird and illustrator Helen Craig, who is featured in a series of children's books. The series is set in Chipping Cheddar, a place similar to 1920s London. The first book in the series was published in 1983, and since then, there have been over twenty books in the series. The name for the ballet mouse Angelina was inspired by the name of an editor called Angela at Aurum Press.[1]

The books have been adapted into three children's television series (one conventionally animated, one CGI, one upcoming), as well as a touring ballet.


Book title Year written
Angelina Ballerina 1983
Angelina and the Princess 1984
Angelina at the Fair 1985
Angelina's Christmas 1985
Angelina on Stage 1986
Angelina and Alice 1987
Angelina's Birthday 1989
Angelina's Baby Sister 1991
Angelina Ice Skates 1993
Angelina's Halloween 2000
Angelina and the Butterfly 2001
Angelina's Ballet Class 2001
Angelina and Henry 2002
Angelina Loves 2002
Angelina and the Rag Doll 2002
Angelina Ballerina's Invitation to the Ballet 2003
Angelina, Star of the Show 2004
Angelina's Silver Locket 2004
Angelina at the Palace 2005
Angelina and the Royal Wedding 2010
Angelina's Big City Ballet 2014
Angelina's Cinderella 2015


In 2001, Angelina Ballerina, a British animated TV series of 40 fifteen-minute episodes based on the books, was produced by HIT Entertainment in the United Kingdom. The series featured actress Finty Williams as the voice of Angelina, and her mother Judi Dench as Miss Lilly. The series aired on PBS in the United States and CITV in the United Kingdom, where it was presented by Connecticut Public Television; and can currently be seen on Nick Jr. in the United Kingdom and Sprout in the United States.

A computer-animated revival, Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, premiered on PBS stations in September 2009. It is directed by Davis Doi and animated at SD Entertainment.[2] WNET, after purchasing CPTV's production unit, is the producer of the program.

English National Ballet took a live version of Angelina Ballerina called Angelina's Star Performance on tour in autumn 2007.

A second revival is scheduled for 2017 along with Barney & Friends.[3] It is currently unknown if this revival will either be a continuation of Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps or if it will return to the traditionally-animated 2002 series.


  1. ^ "How we made the children's favourite Angelina Ballerina". January 28, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ Bloom, Julie (3 September 2009). "Ballet Masters Put a Mouse on Her Toes". The New York Times. p. C1. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Mattel/Hit, 9 Story to reboot Barney, Angelina

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