Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat by Stephen Michael King

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Milli is a person who can take a nothing . . . and turn it into a Something. But in her plain old town full of bustling people, all Milli does is make plain, ordinary shoes. Until a pair of wandering minstrels come to town—Jack and the Dancing Cat. They teach Milli how to dance—the two-step, the three-step, and the tricky twisting backward sliding four-step—which makes her feel brave and free. Brave enough to create many wonderful Somethings: musical instruments with sounds never heard before, purple satin slippers with bells, and more. And Milli never again makes a plain, ordinary anything.

From the creator of Emily Loves to Bounce comes a playful, inspired book about the need each of us feels to be ourselves.


About Stephen Michael King

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Stephen Michael King has illustrated more than fifty titles and has both written and illustrated several others, including Mutt Dog and Leaf. He lives with his family in Australia.You can visit him online at
Published July 1, 2003 by Allen & Unwin Children's Books. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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They teach her to dance in exchange for new boots, and this unleashes Milli’s creativity to the point that when Jack and the Dancing Cat move on, Milli has transformed her yard into a Seussian spectacle of whimsical art.

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King takes a flight of fancy with his visual depictions of what Milli invents, such as the crazy tuba-like instrument she fashions out of a telephone, lead pipes and a huge plastic flower, or the amazing cart she devises for Jack and Cat.

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