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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!

A fabulous feel-good book about a small dog with a big personality and even bigger dreams.

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15th November '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to Primary aged 4 to 11
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5 stars
I love this story and so do my 30 Reception children. Dogs don’t do ballet sparks accessible discussions about what you can or can’t do. This picture book has everything, it’s a heart-warming tale with an adorable main character which has been beautifully illustrated. I would highly recommend it. Full marks!! 
3rd November '17
Clau read it themselves aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
My 4yo loves this book, easy to follow, specially wnen the girls are i to ballet
20th August '16
fran read it themselves aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
A super cute story about a dog that really want a to perform at the ballet and although everyone says dogs don't do ballet she doesn't let this stop her!
Lovely story and illustrated brilliantly we have reviewed this several times at our local library 
29th April '16
I read it to GCR13 aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This a favourite bedtime story for Georgie.
She loves the dog and thinks it is very funny that he tries to dance. I like the message that it gives about everyone following their dreams even if they seem impossible or unlikely.
I love the illustrations especially the expressions in the dog's face. It is a real feel-good story.
11th October '17
I read it to Maimai aged 6 aged 6 & to Rosiely aged 2 aged 2
Dogs Don't Do Ballet 9781847384744
5 stars
One of our fav books for a long while with Maia even dressing as Biff for world book day last year. She's moved on now but will try to read it to her younger sister. 
They both love ballet and dogs so it's win win.
Sweet story about  a dog who loves the ballet but no one knows or believes that he can be a ballet dancer
4th December '18
I read it to Hingham aged 4 to 7
Dogs Don't Do Ballet 9781847384744
5 stars
A great book with a great message about believing you can do what ever you want even if it’s different. Story with laughs and lovely illustrations. 
15th October '18
I read it to Soopa aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This is a lovely story about a dog that really wants to do ballet. It's a funny story that keeps little ones interested but has some strong messages in there about avoiding stereotyping and following your dreams. The character of Biff is appealingly drawn and my ballet-obsessed little girl loved him and couldn't see why he wasn't allowed to do ballet and was quite fired up in his defence!
5th April '17
I read it to Rubiroo aged 4 aged 4 & to Darcm aged 6 months aged 0
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5 stars
A brilliant book the whole family enjoyed together. Biff the dog has dreams he wants to be a ballerina. Apparently dogs can't do ballet. A lovely story about a girl who is very proud her dog show dogs can do ballet.
A fun, brilliantly written story that had us laughing out loud. Fantastic illustrations a new firm favourite in this house.
31st March '18
I read it to Miss-ie-davis aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Have had this book for a few years now and it's still a firm favourite for my ballet loving girl.
25th June '18
I read it myself (an adult) , to Callum2010 aged 7 aged 7 & to Gymnastjay aged 5 aged 5
Dogs Don't Do Ballet 9781847384744
5 stars
Love this story! Very funny, lovely quality and a brilliant plot. Can a dog be a ballerina? 
29th August '18
I read it to Darth aged 9 aged 9 & to Leia aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
My daughter chose this book at the library after her very first ballet lesson and am so glad she did, this book is a total gem. The little girl in the story has a dog called Biff who is different from other dogs. Rather than play fetch, he has dreams of being a ballerina. He follows his owner to her ballet lesson but isn't allowed to join in which makes him very sad indeed. However he soon gets a chance to prove to everyone that dogs can do ballet. The story and the illustrations are just lovely. Gave us lots to talk about and am sure we will read it many times before it's due to go back to the library. 
6th March '16
I read it to Amelie aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
What this book highlights is never think you know your dog better than a kid!  This funny story is all about a little girl who loves ballet and her dog Biff.  Something makes the little girl think that Biff is a ballerina at heart.  She tries to convince her Dad that Biff likes ballet but no one will even give the idea a second thought....however, Biff is quite a determined dog and reveals his true colours for all to see when calamity comes to the prima ballerina.
My ballet loving, dog obsessed daughter giggled her way through this story.  Fun illustrations and a loveable tale, we'll be reading this again and again.
1st April '17
I read it to Squirt aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
A favourite with my daughter. She loved the idea of a ballet dancing dog and thought it very funny. I liked the message of anyone can do anything if they try. We enjoyed the pictures, especially spotting where the dog was hiding. 
4th June '17
I read it to Preschool Green Group aged 2 to 5
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5 stars
This book is a favourite in my classroom. The text is effortlessly funny, but it is the illustrations which really make it.  Although this is a book in which dancing is central, I like that there is nothing stereotypically 'girly' about the illustrations.  The boys request this book as often as the girls, which in turn relates to the book's underlying messages about following your passion even if someone (like the Dad in the story) insists that it's unusual for you to do so.  I really like the little girl in the story, as she believes Biff and wants to help him to dance in spite of what her Dad and teacher tell her. It's a nice friendship to complement the theme of pursuing your dreams. There are also lots of fun details to spot in the pictures, such as Biff the dog sneakily following the girl to try to join her dance class. I would heartily recommend this book to those with 3-6 year olds to read to, and have bought it as a gift for several of my friend's children. 
24th October '18
I read it to Gracie K aged 7 aged 7 & to Tilly Pip aged 3 aged 3
Dogs Don't Do Ballet 9781847384744
5 stars
My kids and i read this over and over again.  It is a firm favourite and has sparked lots of discussions about what you can and can't do!
3rd January '18
I read it to Georgie aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
This book has been a favourite in our household for a while. It is funny, well illustrated and great to read. 
13th September '18
I read it to G aged 10 aged 10 & to OA aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Biff is not an ordinary dog...he loves ballet...but dogs don’t do ballet...or do they?

Glorious illustrations by Sara Ogilvie and a wonderfully funny, touching story by Anna Kemp.  I can not imagine how many times I read this to my daughter when she was little...a great one for doing voices!  We first discovered it on the old citv programme ‘Bookaboo’ I find myself still using the voices and expression the reader did...perfect.  Check it out, I guess it might be on YouTube!  Total joy!  Bravo!!!
22nd June '17
I read it to Gracie K aged 5 aged 5 & to Tilly Pip aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Fun, fun, fun with gorgeous illustrations. 
8th October '18
I read it to Cutepanda9 aged 9 aged 9 & to Cutepanda6 aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This is one of our favourite books . Girls getting a bit old for it now (6 and 9) but I still buy this regularly ad a gift . It’s a brilliant story of a dog who would like to be a ballerina . Pacy, funny , lovely pictures . A real classic . 
1st September '18
I read it to Agnes Elodie aged 4 aged 4
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4 stars
My girls think this story is delightful. A dog that loves ballet!! Very sweet book.  We've read it a lot and this will stay a favourite in our house for some time.
2nd September '18
I read it to summerkerchey aged 7 aged 7 & to milliekerchey aged 5 aged 5
Dogs Don't Do Ballet 9781847384744
4 stars
What a sweet little story of a dog that loves ballet!! My girls were instantly attracted to the cute dog in the front cover and loved listening to the story. Will definitely be reading again
20th February '17
I read it to Skye aged 4 aged 4 & to Rocky aged 4 aged 4
Dogs Don't Do Ballet 9781847384744
4 stars
A very sweet story about a dog called Biff who loves ballet, but nobody believes that he can do it. Lovely illustrations and I love the underlying message of the book that you shouldn't give up on your dreams just because others don't think you can do something. 
6th November '18
I read it to aiwilford aged 6 aged 6 & to mrwilford aged 4 aged 4
Dogs Don't Do Ballet 9781847384744
4 stars
I thought this book was great and I loved the message in the story about being true to yourself. The dog keeps hearing that dogs don't do ballet but at the end he proves them all wrong. My little ones have the book four stars as they didn't like it when the dog kept being told he couldn't do ballet. They loved it when he finally did dance and that he lived his dream! 
13th November '17
Bean912 read it themselves aged 5 aged 5
Dogs Don't Do Ballet 9781847384744
4 stars
This is an interesting picture book that on the surface provides a simple and amusing story about a ballet-dancing dog, but if read at a deeper level, can be used to teach older children about stereotyping and how believing in someone can instil the confidence in them to achieve their dreams and challenge negativity.

It was a short text which my 5-year-old was able to read to me, with a little bit of help with the French ballet terms, and was just the right length for a bedtime story too.

My son found the idea of the dog doing ballet amusing, but the story-line was a little predictable. 
1st February '16
Jem read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Dogs Don't Do Ballet 9781847384744
4 stars
I read this to my six year old sister and she loved it .
Mainly because she loves dogs,I like the illustrations and the story line and I think it is a brilliant book for you to read to them,especially if they are first readers.
It is about a pet dog ; his owner does ballet.As the girl gets older the dog watches more and more closely at how she does ballet.Eventually he goes to watch a ballet production that the girl is in and wants to join in so much that he does!...
the owners mum and dad are so surprised :O
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When she is not writing children's stories, Anna Kemp is a lecturer at Queen Mary University of London where she teaches French Literature. Her books have been shortlisted for several prizes including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Waterstones book prize and Oscar's book prize. Her picture books have been adapted for stage and screen. SARA OGILVIE is one of Bo...

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