Ursula, a bear, and Ricardo, a human, are preparing for the water ballet competition, where the prize is a million dollars! But a new regulation at the community pool--no bears--leaves Ursula cut from the contest. Luckily, she encounters a group of undaunted animal swimmers at a local pond, and Ursula and her new team figure out a way to participate in the competition and make sure everyone is welcome at the pool once and for all. Filled with deadpan humor, adorable animals, and big themes about social justice and inclusion, Splashdance is a fun and splashy summer story with a lot of heart.
"What starts as a loopy tale about an interspecies water ballet competition gradually reveals itself to be a call for solidarity and resistance in the face of injustice... Ursula, with her ability to turn personal betrayal into collective triumph, may remind adult readers of the heroines of ShondaLand." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
Liz Starin is a writer, illustrator and software developer. Before turning to the creative side of children's books, Liz was a book reviewer for Junior Library Guild. She lives with two cats, three musicians, and thousands of books in Brooklyn, New York.