Dumpy La Rue

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Dumpy was a pig who knew what he wanted to do.

"He’s a porker with passion,
a dancing fool,

a pig with rhythm —

this breaks every rule,’

said the normally reticent ...
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Dumpy was a pig who knew what he wanted to do.

"He’s a porker with passion,
a dancing fool,

a pig with rhythm —

this breaks every rule,’

said the normally reticent mule."

Everyone told Dumpy La Rue that pigs don’t dance. But Dumpy knew better. He closed his eyes and twirled to the tune inside his head. The whole barnyard gathered around, and soon hooves were stomping, wings were flapping, and feet were stamping out a beat.

Elizabeth Winthrop’s romping, rhyming story and Betsy Lewin’s exuberant illustrations will have readers tapping their toes, jumping for joy, and dancing a jig with this passionate pig.

About the Authors:

Elizabeth Winthrop has written more than forty books, from picture books to young adult novels. Her most recent book, Promises, is also illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Ms. Winthrop lives in New York City.

Betsy Lewin has illustrated more than fifty books for children, many of which she also wrote. Most recently, she illustrated the best-selling Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin. Ms. Lewin lives with her husband, artist Ted Lewin, in Brooklyn, New York.

A rhyming story about a pig whose passion for dancing becomes contagious.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Award-winning children's author Elizabeth Winthrop shows kids what can happen if they follow their hearts and believe in themselves in her newest picture book, Dumpy La Rue. Dumpy is a free-spirited pig who refuses to be limited by what others say he can do. Despite being told by his family that pigs -- particularly boy pigs -- don't dance, Dumpy frolics and cavorts to his heart's content, quite literally marching to the beat of a different drummer. Though none of the other barnyard animals can hear the music in Dumpy's head, his enthusiasm and abandon quickly prove contagious. And suddenly all sorts of animals that aren't supposed to dance are swinging, shimmying, and shuffling with delight.

While the rest of the pig family initially display embarrassment over Dumpy's refusal to behave like a "proper" pig, they soon get caught up in the fun as well, throwing off their stereotypes and giving in to their inner voices. Winthrop's rhyming prose possesses a wonderful rhythm all its own, and the free-wheeling watercolor illustrations of Betsy Lewin add just the right amount of motion and pizzazz. Following along as Dumpy goes from spectacle to spectacular will encourage young readers to experience the joys of their own free expression and discover the rewards that can come from following their hearts' desires. (Beth Amos)

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The creators of Promises offer a spry story starring a piglet determined to dance. Though his parents insist that "Pigs don't dance./ They grunt, they grovel,/ they snuffle for truffles," Dumpy La Rue "knew what he wanted to do," and kicks up his hooves in front of an audience of barnyard animals. When the sheep announce that they, too, want to dance, Dumpy offers some advice to his pals: "If you want to dance,/ if you want to glide,/ just close your eyes/ and listen inside." Caldecott Honor artist Lewin (Click, Clack, Moo) portrays the closed-eyed assemblage of critters including Dumpy's family spinning, twirling and gliding along with the prancing porker. Her animated pictures, created with black brush lines and watercolor wash, comically capture the animals' initial skepticism and eventual ebullience as they discover the thrill of dancing to their own internal beats. Though the verse intermittently falters in its rhythm and rhyme, the kid-tickling energy and silliness remain constant (e.g., "The goats did a two-step./ The fox did a three./ The mule danced the salsa/ with a neighboring tree"). And amidst the merriment, readers just may pick up on the importance of bucking stereotypes and listening to one's own drummer or whatever it is that is playing "inside." Ages 4-9. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
Told in verse, this spry story stars a piglet determined to dance despite his parents' objections. "The kid-tickling energy and silliness remain constant," commented PW. "Amidst the merriment, readers just may pick up on the importance of bucking stereotypes and listening to one's own drummer." Ages 4-9. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Dumpy La Rue wants to dance. But as a pig in a barnyard, this is most unusual and his parents try in every way to stifle his dream. Despite all of their attempts, Dumpy La Rue is a pig who cannot be held down. The music in his head gets his feet tappin' and his body shakin' and he just can't help it. Soon, he is dancing up a storm in the barnyard and all the animals, who originally thought dancing was silly, soon begin to cheer him on as they watch him having the time of his life. Before you know it, all the animals begin to discover they hear music of their own. The goats do a two-step, the mules dance a salsa and even Dumpy's parents begin a beautiful waltz. Soon the entire barnyard is having a rockin' stompin' good time and Dumpy is living his dream of being a pig that can dance. Children will thoroughly enjoy this light-hearted tale and will see that it is never impossible to live out your dreams. Betsy Lewin's illustrations are absolutely charming. Perfect for early readers and preschoolers. Reviewer: Emily Cook
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-What fun! Dumpy La Rue is a pig who has lots of rhythm and just wants to dance, much to his family's distress. His parents are reproving and his sister says, "Boys don't dance./They fight, they march,/they sport, and they snort./And they're never ever/supposed to cavort." With wonderfully expressive watercolor illustrations and quick rhyming text, Dumpy not only shares his love of movement with the entire farmyard, but he also has them all kicking up their hooves in the end. "Folks would come from high and low/to see this most amazing show./The Barnyard Ballet/of Dumpy La Rue/The Pig Who Knew/What He Wanted To Do." The musical quality of the text makes it a perfect read-aloud even if all of the vocabulary words (glissade, jet d, pas de bourr e) aren't immediately familiar. Through Dumpy's warmth and enthusiasm, children will meet a youngster who marches to the beat of his own drummer, and who encourages others to do so as well.- Genevieve Ceraldi, New York Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
Betsy Lewin illustrates this story of a dumpy pig who loves to dance. He's a "porker with passion" and despite his unsuitable form he excels in dance and sets his barnyard friends afire in this warm and rollicking story.
From the Publisher
"A perfect read-aloud." —School Library Journal, starred

A Nick Jr. Magazine "Best Book of the Year "

A New York Times "Best Illustrated Book of the Year"

A California Young Reader Medal 2003-2004 nominee

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805075359
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 325,465
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 9.93 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Winthrop has written more than forty books for readers of all ages. These books include Promises, also illustrated by Betsy Lewin; Shoes, illustrated by William Joyce; and the award-winning novel, The Castle in the Attic. Ms. Winthrop lives in New York City. She wishes she could dance as well as Dumpy.

Betsy Lewin is the Caldecott Honor Award-winning illustrator of Click, Clack, Moo! Cows That Type, by Doreen Cronin and A Houseful of Christmas, by Barbara Joosse. She has illustrated more than thirty books for children, many of which she also wrote. Ms. Lewin lives with her husband, artist Ted Lewin, in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    Dumpy La Rue Rocks

    You will love this book! I liked it because well it's about a dancing pig yes, that's right. It's about a pig who wants to learn how to dance, but his parents don't want him to dance, they think he needs to act like a pig, but Dumpy La Rue wants to follow what his heart tells him to do. Will his parents like or dislike his desicion? Find out by reading Dumpy La Rue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2002

    Wonderful story!!

    This is a great book! It is funny, musical and talks about breaking out of the mold and following your dreams. Set a goal and then go for it despite who you are or what you are. This is a wonderful story for children, adults, music lovers!

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