My immediate reaction: this book predicted the future of Sophia Grace and Rosie.
Level 2 books, according to Scholastic, features "longer sentences and stories with words kids need to know and new 'big' words that they will want to know."
Best Friends Wear Pink Tutus definitely does that. While the story feels like it could have been a Full House episode (two best friends who wear pink tutus both want the lead in the Nutrcracker, but flub their auditions so the other won't feel left out), it's a story that will captivate a young reader as they attempt to navigate through unfamiliar words and longer sentences. Mission accomplished.
Prior to the meat of the story, the new, young readers are greeted with repetitive sentences that all include "we wear pink tutus." Once the reader can master those words, they can focus on learning the other words in the story.
All in all, it's simple and cute and fulfills its purpose of presenting new readers with slightly more complex structures. Even though it's about ballet, and I hate ballet and always have, there's something endearing that makes me still love this nostalgic find. It has to be my love for Sophia Grace and Rosie. Really, I would like to be their best friend. Do they live in the Ellen studio yet?