Rupert Can Dance
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Rupert Can Dance

by Jules Feiffer
     
 

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Rupert has a big secret. When his owner, Mandy, is fast asleep, he likes to slip on her dancing shoes and dance the night away. Then one night Mandy catches Rupert in the act. She's not upset; she's thrilled! And she's determined to give Rupert dancing lessons so he can hone his talent. Rupert is horrified. Lessons are for dogs. Cats like to do things their

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Rupert has a big secret. When his owner, Mandy, is fast asleep, he likes to slip on her dancing shoes and dance the night away. Then one night Mandy catches Rupert in the act. She's not upset; she's thrilled! And she's determined to give Rupert dancing lessons so he can hone his talent. Rupert is horrified. Lessons are for dogs. Cats like to do things their own way. Dismayed, he loses all interest in dancing and goes into hiding. But Mandy comes up with the perfect plan to get Rupert dancing again . . .
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Jennifer B. McDonald
Feiffer's jazzy lines exude such joy that you shouldn't be surprised if at the end of the story your little one jumps up to mimic Mandy's and Rupert's magnificent moves.
Publishers Weekly
★ 05/05/2014
Rupert is a gaunt, angular cat with a connoisseur’s eye who loves to watch his owner, Mandy, dance. What Mandy doesn’t know is that after she goes to sleep, Rupert dances, too, alone in the bedroom, leaping and twirling. He has no intention of revealing his skill to his mistress: “Rupert loved having a secret from Mandy. Cats love secrets.” Of course, it’s not long before Mandy wakes up and sees him, and Feiffer does a fine job of describing Rupert’s distress after his cover is blown: “Immediately, he jumped out of Mandy’s dancing shoes. And he fled under her bed.” Mandy doesn’t entirely understand what’s bothering Rupert, but the way she lures Rupert out from under the bed and onto the dance floor again is a useful lesson in diplomacy. Feiffer is at his best drawing the two flying through the air in a cat-and-human pas de deux: it’s a quintessentially Feifferian moment. And Rupert, of course, is a stand-in for the kind of children who need privacy and time to work things out for themselves. Ages 3–6. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Mandy and Rupert are dancers. Mandy is a golden-haired girl; Rupert is an orange cat. While Mandy dances all day, Rupert prefers to dance at night. As a cat, Rupert loves secrets—his best one is that Mandy has no idea he can dance. Slipping on her ballet shoes while Mandy sleeps, Rupert has become an amazingly good (and quiet) dancer. But, of course, one night Mandy wakes up and discovers her cat doing a jeté. She’s thrilled, but Rupert is furious; when Mandy tries to instruct him, he refuses to come out from under her bed. The last thing a natural dancer like Rupert wants is to take lessons—like all cats, he’s a free spirit! Mandy’s plan to coax Rupert from his hiding place leads to success and five pages of joyous dancing together—with Rupert now wearing Mandy’s green sneakers. Award-winning cartoonist Feiffer knows about dance, having included a dancer among his previous cartoon characters. The exuberant, squiggly sketches, colored loosely with markers, emerge from oversized white pages to leap into the hearts of young cat- and dance-lovers alike. The spare text in a bold san serif typeface has just the right number of words, ending with—rationed over four pages—“They could have gone on this way / for years. /And in fact / they did.” A last drawing shows the pair onstage, a human-feline version of Adele and Fred Astaire. Bravo! For more of Feiffer’s wit, kids might try the equally imaginative Meanwhile… (HarperCollins, 1999) or I Lost My Bear (HarperCollins, 2000). Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
★ 06/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—Rupert loves to watch Mandy dance all day long. But what the child doesn't know is that when she goes to bed, her quiet ginger cat slips on her dancing shoes and dances the night away. Rupert wants to keep his secret, but one night Mandy wakes up, and Rupert is caught in the act. When she decides to teach him some steps, he hides under the bed ("Cats are not meant for lessons. Cats are free spirits"). Then Mandy understands and cleverly hatches a plan that ends with the two friends joyfully dancing together for years. This story focuses on the relationship between the two characters and celebrates the joy of dancing, alone or with friends. Feiffer has created a compelling, yet concise, sequential narrative that shows the importance of imagination and being flexible. Sets of three consecutive scenes are used several times to focus on a character's emotion or motivation. The mixed-media illustrations feature loose and broad line work that will be familiar to Feiffer's fans. The balance of full-page art and characters dancing against the white space propels the story forward while providing visual variety, and the large size of this book makes it great for group sharing. The main text is large and bold and done in a stylistic font, while Mandy's dialogue is in an easier-to-read font. A first purchase for cat fans and free spirits everywhere.—Amy Seto Musser, Denver Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-01
A feline and his girl become a dancing duo.Mandy loves to perform jazzy moves for her cat, Rupert, who only watches in return. But when Mandy is asleep, Rupert puts on Mandy’s dance shoes and performs for himself. “Dancing was Rupert’s secret!” Keeping that secret is of paramount importance. Alas, Mandy awakens to see what she is not ever supposed to see, and Rupert hides under the bed, steadfastly refusing to come out. Mandy tries to entice him by demonstrating steps, but Rupert, like all cats, is “not meant for lessons. Cats are free spirits.” Finally, Mandy devises a plan that involves reverse psychology, meant to work on recalcitrant children—oops—cats, and a lasting partnership is the happy result. Feiffer has crafted an engaging tale of friendship, dance and cat psychology. The text appears on each page as captions under and alongside each drawing—it’s almost a graphic-novel format, minus the panels. The free-form illustrations, done in bright strokes of black, ginger, pinks and greens, swirl gracefully about the pages and pop off the white backgrounds.A happy romp for terpsichorean cat lovers. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374363635
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
236,346
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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