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Quebec author-illustrator Elise Gravel teaches kids that it's okay to be cranky

'The Cranky Ballerina' discusses the frustrations of being a kid
Author-illustrator Elise Gravel uses humour to subvert gender roles and teach children about frustration in her new book, "The Cranky Ballerina." (

Frustration is a complicated emotion to teach children.

Montreal author and illustrator Elise Gravel uses humour and channels some of her own past experiences in her new children's book, "The Cranky Ballerina." In it, a little girl discovers ballet might not be right fit for her—and that's okay.

Elise tells the story of how she got into illustration and what inspired her latest book.

See more of Elise's work on her Instagram.