Ballet News Reviews | Dogs don’t do Ballet by Anna Kemp
“Sugar Pug Fairy Takes Ballet By Storm!”
What an enchanting book! No wonder children the world over have memorized the words in Dogs don’t do Ballet. Although in this case, they do.
“Biff is not like ordinary dogs. He doesn’t do dog stuff like peeing on lampposts, scratching his fleas or drinking out of toilets. If you throw him a stick, he’ll just look at you like you’re crazy. No, Biff is no ordinary dog. Biff likes moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog, Biff thinks he’s a ballerina, which is all very well …But dogs don’t do ballet – do they? The hilarious story of a small dog with a big personality and even bigger dreams!”
Now, I’m not keen on the words “prima ballerina’ being used in any context (they aren’t words that are used within ballet) but this being a childrens book, and an utterly spell-binding, laugh out loud, right-on-the-money book at that, I’m going to let it pass.
Anna Kemp has delivered just the right balance that will have dog lovers and ballet lovers lapping up the pages, and Sara Ogilvie’s illustrations are pitch perfect too. The book is just the right length and the mix of words and illustrations will hold a child’s interest for a long time.
On the face of it, a dog wearing a tutu seems far-fetched and, well, odd. But Biff really gets under your skin and by the end, well, as the headlines shout “Sugar Pug Fairy Takes Ballet By Storm!”
Dogs don’t do Ballet is available now :