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Meet Biff, an adorable little puppy who will stop at nothing to become a ballet dancer.

My dog is not like other dogs. He doesn't do dog stuff like weeing on lampposts or scratching his fleas, or drinking out of the toilet. No, my dog likes moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, my dog doesn't think he's a dog. My dog thinks he's a ballerina!

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 2010)
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Picture Books About Dogs
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Tina Roberts
As soon as I saw this book I knew I was going to like it! It is said that you should never judge a book by its cover but when choosing children’s books the cover often tells you so much and plays a great part in the young reader’s selection. The artwork, not only on the cover but throughout the book, consists of extremely well observed, beautifully hand-drawn illustrations in a vintage style.

On the back cover, the blurb is written with the young reader in mind and will entice them from the get g
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Heather
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Sheena O'connell
This is a wonderful book that all kids get great enjoyment from. 'Dogs don't do ballet' tells a story of a little girls who regularly attends her ballet dance classes. Each evening she goes, she know her dog wants to come but Dad always says no 'Dogs don't do ballet'. Disheartened the little girl makes her way to her dance classes but she always feels as if she is being watch. Is it Biff her dog? Throughout the story the little girl tries her best to get her dog involved in her ballet sessions b ...more
Sarah Comaskey
Like most stories aimed at young children this story emphasises the importance of importance of living honorably. This story is about not judging a book by its cover and also about being able follow your desires and aspirations. The main character of this book is Biff the dog who loves ballet but spends his life being told that he is unable to do ballet because he's a do. Biff goes onto sneak into the theatre and shocks everyone with his talent showing them what he can do. This book is a perfect ...more
Margaux
Great illustrations and a great, great story about a boy dog who does ballet! He doesn't care that nobody thinks dogs should do ballet. He just DOES!
Kelly Hector
This book introduces the reader to a dog who isn’t like other dogs. Instead, the little girl is convinced that her dog Biff, likes music and dreams of being a ballerina. However, she is constantly told that “Dogs don’t do ballet”. When the little girl receives tickets for the Royal Ballet, her dog follows her to the show. Disaster strikes during the show as the ballerina trips and falls and her dog seeks the opportunity to prove that dogs can do ballet.

The illustrations in this book are fantast
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Elif
Dogs Don't Do Ballet tells the story of a young girl who believes in the talents of her own dog (Biff) when no one else does. Biff is no ordinary dog, he has big dreams to make it on the big stage as a ballerina. The little girl in the story who has no name persuades her dad to let her take Biff to the Royal Ballet but he tells her “No, Dogs don't do ballet”? The main message behind the story is to reinforce the idea that anyone can do anything they want and not be afraid to break the mould. It ...more
desiree
Biff is a dog who wants to be a ballerina but everyone keeps telling him that dogs don't do ballet. Luckily for us, Biff never gives up. He follows his owner to class and sneaks into the Royal Ballet. (Spoiler alert!) When the prima ballerina falls, Biff is there to save the ballet!
This book is adorable! The illustrations are fun and bright. The single illustration that made this book so special for me is the look on the little girl's face when the teacher asks what the dog is. She is not embarr
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Nwakaego Dee
The book “Dogs don’t do Ballet” is a wonderful book about a young girl who believes in her dog, Biff even when everybody else does not. The Little girl attends ballet classes knowing her dog would also love to attend but cannot because her dad says no that “dogs don’t do ballet”. Everytime when the girl attends her classes she senses being followed. The little girl attends a Royal Ballet, and on the way there she has that sense again of being followed. While at the ballet, things on stage go wro ...more
Maeve
Dogs don't do ballet! Everyone thinks that dogs are not supposed to do ballet. They play fetch, wag their tales, and drool on the ground. Well one little girl's dog does not want to follow that cliche. He wants to jump, and spin, and turn all over a stage in a great tutu. When the little girl tries to take him to dance class, but her mom says dogs don't do ballet! When she tries to take the dog to the ballet performance they say dogs don't dance! But when a prima ballerina falls in the middle of ...more
Encruzilhadas Literárias
Apesar de adorar a dupla que realizou o livro Mamã Maravilha, Orianne Lallemand e Elen Lescoat, tenho de confessar a dupla Anna Kemp e Sara Ogilvie é, de momento, a minha favorita. A diferença entre as duplas é óbvia, pois enquanto Lallemand e Lescoat escrevem e ilustram livros para "se lerem aos filhos", Kemp e Ogilvie criam livros para "se ler com os filhos" ou para as crianças lerem sozinhas. São livros mais complexos e com uma história mais "composta".
Começando pelo material utilizado na con
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Grace Abwooli
At the heart of the story ‘Dogs don’t do ballet’ is a dog named Biff. However Biff is not your average dog. He is a little dog who loves music and prefers to do ballet rather than doggy things such as; peeing on lampposts, scratching his fleas or drinking out of toilets. Anna, his owner, is a little girl who loves ballet and so desperately wants to take him to her ballet classes or to the Royal Opera House. Sadly, everyone including her Dad, keeps telling her that “Dogs Don’t Do Ballet”. Eventua ...more
Paula
Biff is not like ordinary dogs. He doesn't do dog stuff like peeing on lampposts, scratching his fleas or drinking out of toilets. Biff likes music and moonlight 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?
Margo Tanenbaum
Very cute picture book about a small dog who isn't like the other dogs--in this case, it's because he dreams of being a ballet dancer. Told in the first person by a little girl who takes ballet, she explains that her dog won't fetch a stick, and doesn't think he's a dog...he thinks he's a ballet dancer. The cartoon-style illustrations remind me a bit of Lauren Child, and little girls will giggle at pictures of Biff the dog imitating a ballerina in a poster, staring longingly at a tutu, and espec ...more
Treasure
Any book that begins with the mention of weeing and drinking out of the toilet is going to be a surefire hit with young readers. This picture book follows a little girl and her dog Biff, who not-so-secretly longs to be a ballet dancer.
Readers will love looking for Biff hiding behind his master as she makes her way to dance class and then later a ballet performance. The illustrations casually feature people of different sizes and colors, and the drawings are reminiscent of Crockett Johnson’s Haro
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Eyehavenofilter
If you give a dog toe shoes will he learn to ballet dance?
Only if he has the desire, evidently. That's what this is all about. Don't give up on your dream. This little pugsly dog followed his little girl to class and even tried to join in, but was shown the door. Did he give up? NOT, when the big ballet company came to town and he was told he couldn't go, did he give up?NOT!
So when the prima ballerina fell off the stage who was there to grab the spotlight?
Our intrepid pugsly little dog, who go
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Emma
What a great book. Firstly, I adore this illustrator's work, it's warm and humorous and artistically satisfying. But the story is also wonderful, the girl always supports her dog's love of ballet, even when the adults are pooh-poohing it, and of course he finally makes the stage at the end. This is a lovely gender-stereotype-tearing-down story that is very natural, funny, and not in the least bit didactic. She draws out the suspense nicely (the bits where Biff follows the girl to the ballet are ...more
Kate Louise
DOGS DON’T DO BALLET is a charming book about a dancing pug called Biff. He is not like other dogs. He’s not interested in playing fetch or chasing his tail. Biff wants to be a ballerina. The story carries a message of ambition and aspiration as Biff chases his dreams (rather than chasing sticks).
This book caught my eye with its beautiful illustrations, which have quite a vintage feel to them, and the pooch on the front, as I love dogs! It’s a delightful story that made me smile and laugh throug
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Lucy

I didn't like this one. The illustrations were nice, but the story was boring.

I don't recommend.
Natalie Weber
This would be great for little ones. They would think the story is funny.
Kanako Hayashi
My daughter borrowed this book from school library two times!
Lynne
I found this book to be phenomenally cute and engaging.
Amy J
Adorable, adorable, adorable, nough said.
Karen
My five-year-old son picked this book out from our local library last week. The dog on the cover looks rather like my sister's Pug.

I love that a male dog wanted to be a ballerina -- pink tutu, and all. Some of the text felt a little forced and didn't flow as well as it could have, but story itself was delightful.

The illustrations are brilliant. Front cover illustration is hilarious; all the illustrations that followed the front cover were just as good and just as funny.

Beth
Adorable story about a dog who wishes to do ballet with her diminutive owner. The dog in this story looks quite strikingly similar to a pug and since I have two, the illustrator immediately endeared herself to me. I would have given this book five stars but I thought the text was a bit lacking in places. The illustrations really carry the story here. A picture book gets five stars from me when the text and the illustrations bowl me over.
Amelia
I totally cried when Biff gets upset because utter meanies tell him he can't be a ballerina. And then, when he thinks people are judging him on stage, oh my god... I should probably tell my therapist lols. But seriously - this is a lovely little book with an important message - you don't have to fit into the stereotype to achieve your dreams.
Rebekah Jones
I liked the illustrations in the book. They were colorful and not too busy for the eye to enjoy. I thought this book would be great for the students if we were learning about how we can accomplish feats even if everyone else thinks that we cannot. It is an encouraging story but fun at the same time.
Megan Mccale
This book is excellent to show young children that having an imagination is okay. The young girl knows her dog wants to do ballet but her father tells her that dogs can not do ballet. As she messes up at one of her recitals, her dog biff appears and begins to perform proving, that dogs can do ballet.
Candice Call
would be a good book to have in the classroom library because children are interested in reading abotu animals and looking at the pictures. They are able to use their imagnination with this book and comopare and contrast the story to real animals. Can also be benefical for predictions.
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