Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 32 pages; $17.95
Rupert the cat has a secret. When his owner Mandy goes to sleep, he slips on her dancing shoes and whirls around her bedroom, mimicking the steps he’s seen her practice. But when Mandy wakes up one night to find Rupert in the midst of his private dance lesson, he’s embarrassed (“Cats are free spirits…cats love secrets”) and dives under her bed, never to dance again—until Mandy comes up with a plan to change his mind.
This picture book, written and whimsically illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, will charm your youngest dancers—especially those with stage fright or an affinity for kitties. Large text and oversize illustrations make Rupert Can Dance a great choice for group sharing.