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Officer Buckle and Gloria

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  23,613 Ratings  ·  1,135 Reviews
Officer Buckle is a roly-poly bloke, dedicated to teaching schoolchildren important safety tips, such as never put anything in your ear and never stand on a swivel chair. The problem is, Officer Buckle's school assemblies are dull, dull, dull, and the children of Napville just sleep, sleep, sleep. That is, until Gloria the police dog is invited along! Stealthily pantomimin ...more
30 pages
Published September 30th 1996 by Scholastic Inc. (first published 1995)
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"Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah" is what it sounds like to children when we're trying to teach them the simple rules of life. They are important lessons to live by, but how do we convey them to our kids without sounding like the voice on the phone in all Peanuts movies? We could wait until they knock themselves almost unconscious to remind them not to lean back in their chairs, or we could read them Peggy Rathmann's book, Officer Buckle and Gloria. Giving them simple reminders like "Never stand on ...more
karrie's corner
Officer Buckle is boring students everyday with his safety talks. Students and teachers are sleeping in the auditorium, and they are not paying attention. Then one day, Officer Buckle gets a partner name Gloria. Gloria is a scruffy looking dog, but looks deceive. She is smart as a whip and very silly. While Officer Buckle is up before the audience, Gloria is play acting whatever Safety Tip is being described. Suddenly the children are sitting in their seats, laughing and enjoying the show. Of co ...more
Jul 16, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
A Caldecott award winner that I wasn't that impressed with. The pictures must have won because of the dog's tricks but overall I've seen so much better illustrations. The story was cute, but only kept my 5 yr old somewhat interested. My preschoolers were completely bored even though I continually tried to pull them in with stuff about the dog, it just didn't help. Not one we'll be reading again.
Jan 19, 2016 Ranee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, 2016
My two youngest boys say this should get 5 stars while I lean more toward 4. Very cute story with a good message.
Melissa Overland-mckay
Apr 03, 2016 Melissa Overland-mckay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children and Preschool
An officer on a mission to share his million safety tips with kids around the schools. But no one would listen until officer buckle brought along his friendly k-9 friend Gloria. Gloria turned the pages with silly acts as officer buckle shared his safety tips, they became a hit and after that his tips were heard.
Officer Buckle is a silly children’s book with lots of vibrant pictures very well illustrated. The author used watercolor and painting to depict each page with a story in it, the charact
Edwin Reyes
Office Buckle & Gloria is a cute children's book I've never seen before. It is about a very safe police officer. Through his life experiences he takes notes of things and creates "safety tips". After collecting a large amount of safety tips he then begins to go school to school talking about his safety tips. The kids at these schools never cared or paid attention to Officer Buckle and his tips. They sometimes even fell asleep during his tips. One day Officer Buckle get a new dog named Gloria ...more
Courtney Spicer
Apr 02, 2016 Courtney Spicer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rathmann, P. (1995). Officer Buckle and Gloria. New York: Putnam's.

Officer Buckle is a clumsy police officer who puts together safety tips and presents them to the local schools. The presentations are boing and the kids and staff usually ignore the tips. Then, the police station got a new police dog Gloria, who accompanied Officer Buckle to the Safety Talks. She was a hit because she would act out the safety tip behind Officer Buckles back and he didn’t know. The town became more safe and he was
Alisia Matias
Apr 01, 2016 Alisia Matias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Children are introduced to Officer Buckle, a man who makes safety tips and shares them with students at schools of many grade levels. The safety tips seem to be made from his own experiences – NEVER stand on a SWIVEL CHAIR – and some possibly made from the imagination. His audience, the students, never pay any attention to Officer Buckle or his mundane safety tips, not caring at all about preventing accidents. No one had any regard for safety until the eccentric Gloria – a talented police dog – ...more
Cooper Chowning
Jan 18, 2016 Cooper Chowning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Officer Buckle gave very boring presentations to elementary schools, until he met Gloria the dog. Gloria added a certain zest that was missing from his presentations previously. She was able to keep the children engaged while Buckle gave his safety tips; now the kids would actually listen.

The story shows readers that teamwork makes a dream work. Before Buckle and Gloria were a team, Buckle was just a police officer giving futile safety talks at elementary schools and Gloria was just a dog. But w
Agnes U
Jun 09, 2015 Agnes U rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Because this book has a comic like art style it sends a lighthearted feeling while reading it. Focusing on the usage of the pictures, the illustrator cleverly places officer Buckle in front of Gloria while she performs her tricks without him noticing. The most interesting picture in the book for me is the illustration where Buckle discovers what Gloria has been doing all this time behind his back. This is explained just in one picture, where both Buckle and Gloria watch TV and Buckle is clearly ...more
Mar 28, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Officer Buckle and Gloria is a wonderful picture book about a policeman who loves teaching about safety. Yet, his students never seem to listen and fall asleep. When he brings Gloria, his trusty dog, the crowds start to roar with laughter. Officer Buckle realizes what Gloria is doing behind his back and feels bad. The book is so lively and engaging. What I like the most about this book is the friendship between Officer and Gloria. People sometimes have a bad temper with friends because of little ...more
Lori Bacskay
Apr 03, 2016 Lori Bacskay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Officer Buckle & Gloria by Peggy Rathmann was a very funny story. The story was funny and engaging yet still offering a hint at school safety. No one listens to Officer Buckle until he has a new partner who is Gloria the police dog. Unbeknownst to Officer Buckle, Gloria was doing funny stuff for the children until he watched a news clip of one of his safety talks.
The illustrations were done in watercolor and ink. They were colorful and used whitespace on the pages to add interest with the t
Jazzmarie Vedrine
Who would of thought that the dog, Gloria, would be a dog who loves to put on a show, like she did. She was used to help Officer Buckle, who is so passionate about safety and sharing those safety rules to young children in all the schools in his district that Gloria just wanted to help "emphasis" some of these rules with some antics making the audience laugh in their seats. Regardless of the quickly, rising popularity of Gloria, both Gloria and Officer Buckler realized the true meaning of teamwo ...more
Alyssa Pierce
Oct 05, 2013 Alyssa Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Officer Buckle is a stickler for safety. He worries aout everything that you shouldn’t do. When he comes up with a safety tip he writes it down and then shares it with people. In the book, we see him go to the school where the children are bored out of their minds. Then one day Officer Buckle gets Gloria; his new partner. When Gloria starts to go with Officer Buckle to talk with students, they are fascinated by his presentation. Officer Buckle becomes very popular; he is busy beyond belief with ...more
Miranda Jones
Sep 15, 2013 Miranda Jones rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought that these cartoon, watercolor illustrations perfectly fit this childish, spunky story. The vibrant colors used really brought forth excitement and was befitting for this children’s book. The illustrations offered a different viewpoint than the text used; the text offered the view of Officer Buckle, while the illustrations offered the view of what the students saw. While the students were watching Officer Buckle and Gloria on stage, they could see ho ...more
Mariah Olson
Sep 06, 2013 Mariah Olson rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved reading this book because the illustrations did a fantastic job of showing what was actually happening during the safety speeches. Although the text did not mention what Gloria the dog was doing behind Officer Buckle while he told his safety tips, it showed everything she was doing! While the text told us how the children laughed during the speech, the pictures showed us how the Officer had no idea what was going on behind him, providing a silly image. Without the pictures of ...more
Nov 20, 2013 Marlayna rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite Caldecott Winners because of the illustrations and story line. The beginning and end pages are filled with safety badges of Gloria, the dog, participating in unsafe acts. Before the story even begins, the reader has an idea of what the story line could include and that one of the main characters could be a dog. Not only are the illustrations allowing the reader to know more then the character, Officer Buckle, but the colors also capture the reader’s attention. The illu ...more
Molly Medaille
Apr 03, 2016 Molly Medaille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my absolute favorite books as a child, and now reading it as a college student, I enjoyed it just as much. It is a wonderful book that teaches safety, discusses the importance of friendship, and so much more all in a very humorous way. I love the illustrations throughout the story as well; it makes it feel like you are really in the auditorium watching the safety speech. I would recommend this book for all elementary school teachers to use in their classrooms.
Dylan Reeves
Apr 03, 2016 Dylan Reeves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is of a police officer and a dog whom, together, are able to entertain children and even get them to listen for once, but cannot when separated. This Caldecott winner includes some amazing illustrations that complete the comical nature of the story.
Apr 03, 2016 Sonya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kind of started off slow for me and the build of the story is what kept me interested. I liked how the book show that officer Buckle and Gloria are a team. Officer Buckle and Gloria need each other, because on without the other is not as good. I would recommend this book for others to read.
I never stood on a swivel chair because of this book. It's one of those books that stick with you forever.
Linda Lipko
This book is cute, and while the illustrations aren't stellar, the storyline carries the tale.

Officer Buckle has the task of giving presentations regarding safety to various schools. Bored, the students rarely pay attention. One day, Officer Buckle brings a dog named Gloria with him. While he is giving his talk, Gloria is in the background going through the motions of what he is saying.

Suddenly, the students look up and listen. Alone, Officer Buckle's presentation was non inspiring, but with Glo
Eliana Falls
Jun 05, 2016 Eliana Falls rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is a fictional tale told in a third point of view, and it takes place in Napville. There are two main characters: Officer Buckle and Gloria the dog. Officer Buckle is depicted as a knowledgeable, and someone that abides by the rules. Officer Buckle goes around Napville delivering safety tips to the citizens. The police department gets a new dog named Gloria who ends up coming along with Buckle to his safety speech at the school. Gloria ends up stealing the act with her funny demonstra ...more
Sophie Brunner
Jun 05, 2016 Sophie Brunner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a great message and storyline behind it, which begins with a police officer named “Officer Buckle” who goes around to local schools doing speeches for children. The children find him boring and would fall asleep during his safety speeches, but one day he brings his assigned dog Gloria to school and it forever changed. He demonstrated each safety tip behind Officer Buckle without him knowing and the children loved it. Though, one day he finds out by seeing a taped speech done and re ...more
Joshua Rivera
Officer Buckle and Gloria follows the journey of a safety officer in Napville. Officer Buckle is always thinking of new safety tips. Officer Buckle goes to schools and teaches the children at the schools about safety. The students fall asleep during his presentation and accidents happen during the school day, until one day. One day Officer Buckle receives a partner named Gloria and she is a small dog. Gloria goes with him to his presentations and while he is giving his speeches acts out his safe ...more
Tricia Smiley
Jun 05, 2016 Tricia Smiley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this story, Officer Buckle began the story by telling boring speeches about safety tips in an elementary schooled called Napville. These students were fast asleep while Officer Buckle tried to educate them on safety. Until one day, he gained a new partner named Gloria who was a police dog. Officer Buckle and Gloria went from school to school and their safety speech was a hit! All of the kids laughed until they cried and they learned each safety tip as well. One day, Officer Buckle and Gloria ...more
Cillisa Berg
Jun 05, 2016 Cillisa Berg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Officer Buckle takes his job as a safety officer very serious even though he’s clumsy. He would post notes of safety tips for everyone to see and would give speeches to local schools to try to help teach the children how to be safe. The speeches were often boring and the children never paid attention. One day the department got a dog for Officer Buckle to have to help share his speeches with the children. Gloria, the new K-9, was very entertaining while Officer Buckle was discussing the safety t ...more
Jun 04, 2016 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Officer Buckle and Gloria started began with officer Buckle's love for creating safety tips. The first picture in the novel displayed officer buckle putting a safety tip on his wall with a tack while standing on a swivel chair. Officer buckle fell from the chair, which gave him another idea for his next safety tip that comprised of not standing on swivel chairs. This picture allows the reader to see first-hand and have an understanding of officer Buckle learning from his mistakes, which provides ...more
Christina Shepherd
Officer Buckle is assigned to take a police dog named Gloria to his safety speech at the school. Before he had Gloria to take with him to the schools; the children would fall asleep listening to his speech about safety. Since he has taken Gloria with him the children no longer fall asleep because Gloria does tricks that demonstrate the safety rules. Officer Buckle one day sees the reason why the children do not fall asleep and he gets angry and refuses to take Gloria with him and teach safety. S ...more
Officer Buckle takes his job very seriously, and is always coming up with new safety tips to share with the children of his town. However, at school assemblies, no one seems to pay any attention and accidents keep happening. This all changes when Officer Buckle starts bringing the new police dog, Gloria, with him to assemblies. Though Officer Buckle thinks Gloria is just sitting next to him quietly, she is acting out the safety tips and consequences behind Officer Buckle's back! When he finds ou ...more
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Caldecott-medalist Margaret Crosby "Peggy" Rathmann was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in the suburbs with two brothers and two sisters. Ms. Rathmann studied commercial art at the American Academy in Chicago, fine art at the Atelier Lack in Minneapolis, and children's-book writing and illustration at the Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. She currently lives and works in Nicas ...more
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