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Dogs Don't Do Ballet

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  308 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
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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Jun 08, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
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Tina Roberts
May 08, 2012 Tina Roberts rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 04, 2015 Margaux rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, picture-books
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!
This funny book is a great vehicle for discussing stereotyping and gender with children. A little girl's dog doesn't like dog stuff; he likes music, moonlight and walking on tiptoes. Her dad and ballet teacher are not so accepting of Biff the dog's ambitions to become a ballet dancer, but in the end the dog saves the day at a performance of the Royal Ballet.
This book invites a lot of discussion as reading comprehension and also in PHSE. It could also inspire drama and shared writing. It has love
Sheena O'connell
Jun 22, 2012 Sheena O'connell rated it really liked it
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
May 10, 2012 Sarah Comaskey rated it really liked it
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
Oct 30, 2015 Haleema rated it it was amazing
‘Dogs Don’t Do Ballet’ is a humorous picture book shortlisted for the ‘Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010’ and the ‘Booktrust Early Years Award 2010’. The book opens with the statement: ‘My dog is not like other dogs’. Biff doesn’t like ‘scratching his fleas’ or ‘weeing on lampposts’ or even practising nasty habits such as drinking from the toilet. Instead, Biff likes music and thinks he is a ballerina! He has such a keen interest in the young girl’s hobby of dancing always looks ‘longingly’ at her bal ...more
Kelly Hector
Aug 26, 2014 Kelly Hector rated it really liked it
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
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.
Nov 22, 2014 Elif rated it really liked it
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
Jan 23, 2014 desiree rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Nwakaego Dee
Sep 02, 2012 Nwakaego Dee rated it it was ok
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
Apr 18, 2012 Maeve rated it really liked it
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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".
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Ali Assad
May 19, 2016 Ali Assad rated it really liked it
This is a humorous book about a dog that does not like doing the usual things that dogs do, such as; 'weeing on lamposts' or 'drinking out of the toilet'. It is a lovely book that will allow for lots of discussion for children in PHSE to talk about things that are typical of someone their age. It has lovely illustrations and colourful.

This would be a good book to read with the ages of 6 - 8.
Grace Abwooli
Jun 30, 2013 Grace Abwooli rated it really liked it
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
Mar 06, 2014 Paula rated it really liked it
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?
Shayna Towle
Feb 24, 2016 Shayna Towle rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was absolutely adorable. This is a great book to show creativity because of how the dog doesn't do "normal" dog things. This is a great example of how to be creative, you can be silly and use your imagination to create a great story. I think any elementary student would like this book.
Margo Tanenbaum
Aug 02, 2010 Margo Tanenbaum rated it really liked it
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
Victoria Hall
Mar 07, 2016 Victoria Hall rated it really liked it
If picture books are made to be performed, then this one hits the nail on the head. It's a great read aloud. My daughter loves ballet too, so this is right up her street. Teaches children that they can be anything they want to be, even if people tell them they can't.
Feb 21, 2016 Taylor rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh a lot. It showed that just because someone thinks you can't do something that you can't give up. The possibilities are out there and if you just let other people decide for your life then you can never know what the outcome might become.
Dec 21, 2011 Treasure rated it really liked it
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
Apr 13, 2015 Danielle rated it really liked it
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This is a really cute story that my 5 year old loves. She likes to find the dog as he hides while following the little girl to her ballet class. The pictures also make her giggle.
Apr 27, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
Haha! THIS dog does! And I'm glad he was recognized for it! (subtle message about going after what you love no matter what, no matter what anyone says.)
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
Mar 21, 2016 Den rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, 2016
I love the whole book - how it challenges people's perceptions of what we should or shouldn't do, the text and the illustrations - just perfect
Jan 09, 2016 Toby added it
Cute picture book about following your dreams, no matter what people say. If you want to be a ballerina, then go for it...even if you are a dog!
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
Rachel Mastrian
Oct 18, 2015 Rachel Mastrian rated it it was amazing
I think this is an adorable book to teach that being different is okay. Not everyone is the same. Great book!
Kate Louise
Feb 05, 2015 Kate Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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