Friday, 7 September 2018

What We're Reading - Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp

It's September which can only mean that it is time for the favourite book of August. Dylan is really enjoying picking out his favourite book when we go through and change the book cases over. It's no secret that we are all book worms in our house but Dylan loves a great story even if there isn't a book involved. 

Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp review on US Two Plus You

This months favourite was actually a new book we bought through the month. At first Dylan was hesitant to read it which is unusual as we barely get through the door before he wants new books to be read. In fact there have been times it's been read on the bus home! I think it was the dog that put him off. He's not a huge fan of dogs and recently one barked in his face which he really didn't like. It didn't take much convincing and after we read Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp once he was hooked! It was almost the only book we read!

The little dog in Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp review on US Two Plus You

The story is all about a little girl and her dog, her dog is rather unusual and doesn't really like to do dog things. He much prefers to watch and copy his owner as she does ballet. He dreams of being a big ballet star. The grown ups don't quite agree and keep telling her and her dog that "dogs don't do ballet." 

The dog doing ballet in Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp review on US Two Plus You

Each page is paired with the lovely clear illustrations by Sara Oglivie bring the little girl and her dog to life. It's fun, bright and cheerful while still showing the story in the best light. Each page contains a good amount of detail to explore and find even though the illustrations are simple and uncluttered. Sara uses darker colours and shades to show the dogs upset through the night too. 


At first it seems that the books message is the dreams,which it is. However it reaches beyond just dreams and shows the dogs never ending determination to reach his ballet dream despite the fact he is repeatedly told he cannot do it because "Dogs don't do ballet". There is a page inside the book which also shows the dogs disappointment and upset that he can't do ballet. I think this page is important to show children that it's okay to be upset but that sometimes you need to use those comments to push you further towards your dream with a greater determination. I love the messages this book portrays for children and I know it will always help to teach Dylan to be strong even in he face of doubt. 

This is a fantastic read and would appeal to any children around Dylan's age. The book is long enough to be used as a bedtime story while still being short enough for a read on the sofa together. The font is clear and helps children of reading age to recognise familiar words or phrases too. 

We have loved this book and I have no doubt it will be a firm favourite in the future too! 

You can purchase your own copy of Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp (RRP £6.99) what is even better is that at the time of writing this the book is on sale for £2! 


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