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Rupert can dance
Feiffer, Jules, author, illustrator.
First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York, New York] : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Although Rupert liked watching his owner Mandy dance during the day, he secretly enjoyed dancing at night while Mandy slept.
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"Michael di Capua books."
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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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Author Notes

Jules Feiffer was born on January 26, 1929. While working as a cartoonist, his work appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, The Nation, and The New York Times. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his editorial cartooning in The Village Voice in 1986. His other awards include a George Polk Award for his cartoons; an Obie Award for the play Little Murders; an Oscar for the anti-military short subject animation, Munro; and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Writers Guild of America and the National Cartoonist Society.

He is currently focusing on writing and illustrating books for children and young adults including The Man in the Ceiling, A Room with a Zoo and Bark, George! He has been a professor at the Yale School of Drama, Northwestern University, Dartmouth, and Stony Brook Southampton College.

Feiffer has been honored with major retrospectives at the New York Historical Society, the Library of Congress and The School of Visual Arts.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Mandy dances all day long, showing off her peerless steps to her stoic cat, Rupert. But after she goes to sleep, Rupert dons her dancing shoes and matches her prowess, though strictly in secret. When Mandy catches him one night, Rupert retreats beneath the bed and refuses to come out. Mandy hatches a plan, pretending to need Rupert's instruction, and the two dance together. Problem solved. A final spread shows a grown Mandy dancing on stage with Rupert dancing beside her. Feiffer's familiar, sketchy Magic Marker artwork is especially rough here, compounding the story's already childlike sense of whimsy. The straightforward telling, built upon a strong sense of feline behaviors and attitudes, will appeal especially to cat aficionados. Large trim size, oversize illustrations, and careful pacing make this an obvious choice for group sharing.--Barthelmess, Thom Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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