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Bootsie Barker Bites (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Bootsie Barker only wants to play games in which she bites, until one day her friend comes up with a better game.

Bootsie Barker only wants to play games in which she bites, until one day her friend comes up with a better game.

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Overview

Bootsie Barker only wants to play games in which she bites, until one day her friend comes up with a better game.

Bootsie Barker only wants to play games in which she bites, until one day her friend comes up with a better game.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``My mother and Bootsie Barker's mother are best friends,'' begins the diminutive narrator of this uproariously illustrated story. Bootsie stops short of actually biting, but she bares her teeth in a gleeful lethal grin as the daily mom-and-daughter visit begins. Wearing her broad-brimmed black hat and wickedly pointy hot-pink boots, Bootsie ignores all injunctions to ``play nicely, girls!'' She pretends to be a hungry dinosaur, tears up her timid host's book about turtles and knocks over an aquarium housing Charlene the salamander. Alas, the girls' parents are blind to Bootsie's malevolence and plan an overnight stay; the narrator, certain that she and Charlene will be ``rushed to the hospital with dinosaur bites,'' confides her fears to her mother, whose calm response plants the germ of an idea. The next day the beleaguered heroine thinks fast and gives Bootsie a witty comeuppance. Bottner ( Let Me Tell You Everything ) smoothly adopts the understandably anxious child's point of view, while Rathmann ( Ruby the Copycat ) contributes formidable, hyper-bright watercolors that echo the story's nightmarish but hilarious exaggeration. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- As in Bottner's Mean Maxine (Pantheon, 1980; o.p.) and Zoo Song (Scholastic, 1989), the theme of this book is about finding ways for very different people to resolve conflicts without bloodshed. A mismatched duo, Bootsie and the narrator are thrown together because of their mothers' friendship. Underneath Bootsie's bouncy blond hair, frilly dress, and ribboned straw hat lies the heart of a tyrant. The moment adults clear the room, the sweet smile turns into a sneer and the real child emerges. She becomes a vicious dinosaur intent on devouring her playmate. The narrator's mother gives neither comfort nor protection, so the little girl decides to beat the bully at her own game--with humorous, successful results. The story may be somewhat slight, but it will certainly be appreciated by all children forced to deal with Jekyll-and-Hyde playmates. The colorful cartoon and wash drawings, filled with amusing detail, perfectly express the terroristic tactics and the narrator's frustration. When Bootsie is on a rampage, even the stuffed animals cover their eyes. A book that treats a common and often troubling situation with an entertaining but effective touch. --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
Carolyn Phelan
The imaginative young narrator of this book suffers daily martyrdom at the hands of a bombastic little bully, Bootsie Barker. Bootsie comes over every day, and the children "play" while their mothers visit. "It's so nice you girls can be friends," comments Mrs. Barker, as Bootsie drags her "friend" away by the hair. Bootsie's idea of negotiating before play is to scream, ""You're" a salamander . . . and "I'm" a SALAMANDER-EATING DINOSAUR!" Playtime itself consists of tormenting her playmate. When the shy young victim learns that Bootsie will be spending the night, she's finally stirred to stand up for herself and scare the daylights out of her oppressor. Other children will find this a profoundly satisfying turn of events. The use of a preschool narrator can be tricky, but Bottner's tone is a model of simplicity and matter-of-factness, sometimes droll but never coy. Rathmann's neon-bright, full-color artwork extends the emotional tenor and the humor of the text. Her varied layouts, dramatic compositions, and, most of all, her expressive drawings of children give the book unusual vitality. Some of these drawings are reminiscent of Sendak's early work in their look of spontaneity and their sensitive linear expression of children's emotions and vulnerability. A natural for story time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613017626
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 828,976
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Bottner
Barbara Bottner is the author of more than 36 books. She lives in Los Angeles.

Michael Emberley has been writing and illustrating children’s books since 1979. He lives in Ireland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2010

    Great to Read Aloud to Children

    I remember reading this book as a kid, and now that I am older and plan to become a teacher, I have revisited the book and have found the many valuable lessons it has in it. The characters, though not incredibly developed because of the length of the book, are finely enough defined to discuss with children. The theme of bullying is predominantly the focus of the book and gives ample opportunity for parents and teachers alike to discuss the emotional repercussions of bullies with their children or students. It may also lead to discussions and questions about proper ways to handle bullies and a generally great self worth talk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    Superior Story Structure

    Love this book for teaching 2-5th graders about story structure. It is especially good for illustrating details that expand the problem in the story. Problem solving is humorous, and effective. Students enjoy it and get the point!

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Bootsie Barker Bites

    I use this book in my 4th grade classroom to teach the writing trait of Voice. By comparing and contrasting Bootsie and her "friend", students can easily see the difference in the characters voices.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2003

    A HILAROUS READ FOR THE KIDS

    MY SON BROUGHT THIS HOME FROM THE SCHOOL LIBRARY - (HE IS IN KINDERGARTEN).WE READ IT EVERY NIGHT FOR A WEEK-SOMETIMES TWICE! EVEN I ENJOYED IT AND LAUGHED THE FIRST TIME THRU -EVEN OVER AND OVER YOU JUST HAVE TO CHUCKLE-HE WANTS ME TO BUY HIM THE BOOK. HE SAYS ITS 'THE FUNNIEST BOOK EVER!'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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