Trouble in the Barkers' Class (Barkers Series)


Moffie and Morgie are excited. A new girl is joining their class. But Carole Ann is a bully, pushing Moffie and grabbing Morgie’s dinosaur book, and that’s only the beginning. Then Morgie goes looking for dinosaur eggs on a Saturday morning and finds Carole Ann crying. He discovers why she is so unhappy, and at school, Morgie introduces his new friend. Carole Ann tells everyone how sorry she is for being so nasty. Now everyone has a friend, and school is fun again!

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Moffie and Morgie are excited. A new girl is joining their class. But Carole Ann is a bully, pushing Moffie and grabbing Morgie’s dinosaur book, and that’s only the beginning. Then Morgie goes looking for dinosaur eggs on a Saturday morning and finds Carole Ann crying. He discovers why she is so unhappy, and at school, Morgie introduces his new friend. Carole Ann tells everyone how sorry she is for being so nasty. Now everyone has a friend, and school is fun again!

When a new girl in the Barkers' class, Carole Anne, acts like a bully, the students try talking to her and ignoring her until Morgie finally discovers what is wrong and finds a way to fix it.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
DePaola's familiar softly colored illustrations feature wonderfully expressive characters. The shapes and positions of the ears among this canine crew form a subplot of their own. Tomie dePaola's books should be a mainstay in any collection for young children. — Marigny Dupuy
Publishers Weekly
Morgie and Moffie and their classmates welcome a new student until it turns out she's mean to everyone, especially Morgie. But Morgie finds a way to be her friend. Ages 4-up. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The Barker twins are excited when their teacher tells them that there will be a new girl in their class starting the next day. All the children make plans to welcome Carole Anne; Morgie Barker makes a Welcome Card. The next morning, however, they find the new classmate is not friendly, and even is nasty. She sticks out her tongue, pushes to get to the head of the line, and throws the card on the floor! She unties someone's hair ribbons, takes another child's book, and scribbles on Morgie's drawing. The children caucus, and decide not to play with her and their teacher notices. She asks Carole Anne if she'd like to talk about it, and when the youngster says, "No," tells the class they should all think about it over the weekend. While out looking for dinosaur eggs to bring to school for Show-and-Tell on Monday, Morgie hears crying, and finds Carole Anne has lost her way. While they hunt for more eggs, Carole Anne confesses that this is her second new school this year, and she thought she had to be a bully to be accepted. The children accept her apology, and a happy ending follows. De Paola's wonderful drawings of the dog characters are as charming as ever. This is a useful book about bullying. 2003, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Ages 4 to 8.
— Candace Deisley
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When Ms. Shepherd announces that a new girl is coming to school the next day, twin pups Morgie and Moffie and the other students immediately begin to plan a swirl of welcoming activities. When Carole Anne arrives, she will not smile, is unreceptive to friendly gestures, and shows no respect for her classmates. Disappointed and frustrated, the children devise a plan to combat this bully. One day when Morgie finds her alone, he discovers the reason for her hostility. This is an excellent book to teach conflict resolution, dealing with bullies, and making friends. DePaola successfully captures the world of primary school with his colorful, yet soft acrylic paintings on handmade watercolor paper. He also effectively conveys the emotions of a new student on her first day. Pair this title with Meet the Barkers (Putnam, 2001).-Tracy Bell, Durham Public Schools, NC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A scowling, aggressive new classmate quickly wears out her welcome in this third episode featuring the Barker twins. Smiles greeting Carole Anne's arrival turn to frowns as she pushes her way to the head of the recess line, scornfully rejects Morgie Barker's handmade Welcome Card, pulls out the bows in Maria's hair, and exhibits other antisocial behavior. That weekend, however, Morgie breaks the ice when he finds Carole Anne in tears, and invites her along on a rock-hunting expedition; on Monday, she apologizes to the class, saying that it's her second new school in a year. That admission may raise more questions from young readers than it answers, but dePaola's all-canine cast is as engagingly expressive as ever, and reflective children, at least, will applaud Morgie's willingness to extend the paw of friendship, even after it's been (figuratively) bitten. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142405857
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/22/2006
  • Series: Barkers Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 307,381
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 0.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola
Best known for his award-winning picture book Strega Nona and for the 26 Fairmount Avenue series of chapter books, Tomie dePaola is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in the field of children's literature.


Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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