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Officer Buckle and Gloria

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  20,790 ratings  ·  935 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
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.
Agnes U
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
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
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
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
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
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
Elise Edwards
Officer Buckle's job is to go around to schools and talk about all of his safety tips. Each time he thought of a new safety tip it got thumbtacked to his board. Well, Officer Buckle never had any luck with students listening as he was sharing his tips one day at Napville School. One day, his police department got a police dog named Gloria. The next time Officer Buckle went to give a safety speech at a school, Gloria went with him. Gloria proved to be just what he needed to have the students pay ...more
Madison Niksich
Rathmann, P. (1995). Officer Buckle and Gloria. New York, New York: Putnam's.

Officer Buckle and Gloria is an exciting and vibrant story about Officer Buckle and his dog Gloria. After students weren’t listening to Officer Buckle he decided to bring in Gloria the dog. The kids responded well and absolutely loved seeing a dog on stage. The two became great companions and Officer Buckle had a newfound stardom. Officer Buckle and Gloria realized that they were a great duo and could never leave one an
Randi Goodnight
Officer Buckle and Gloria is about a policeman that had all of the safety tips and wanted to share them with schools so that the children would be safe, but nobody paid attention. Then one day he got a police dog, Gloria, that acted out his tips without Officer Buckle knowing. The children loved Gloria and listened to all of the tips. One day Officer Buckle learned what was going on and said that he would never present again. The station still sent Gloria but she was sad and didn’t perform. Then ...more
Holly Leendertsen
Officer Buckle and Gloria is a story about a police officer who is very passionate about safety tips, and gives presentations at local schools. However, no one listens to these presentations, and most children sleep through them. One day, Officer Buckle is given a police dog named Gloria. Officer Buckle brings Gloria to his next presentation. The kids are attentive, listening and bursting with laughter. Everywhere he goes, people react this way. Officer Buckle and Gloria realize they are better ...more
Naomi Gaca
This was my first choice for a Caldecott book-

This book is about a police officer that goes to visit schools and talk about safety. He does everything he can to get the children excited about safety. It continues to fail until he starts doing his presentations with a police dog. The dog is silly and does things behind his back to keep the children entertained while he is talking. This amazingly gets all of the children excited about his presentation and safety in general.

If I were to relate thi
Officer Buckle and Gloria is a cute and entertaining story about a police officer named Officer Buckle and his police dog Gloria. Officer Buckle goes around to schools, giving a safety speech about all of the safety tips he has gathered throughout his years of being a cop. He finds that giving these safety speeches to elementary schools simply bores the children. So, he decides to make things interesting. He brings in a police dog named Gloria that he recently got and he believes that bringing ...more
Kim Vu
Officer Buckle and Gloria, by Peggy Rathmann, starts by introducing us to Officer Buckle, a deputy of the town of Napville that loves safety tips. He presents them to local schools, but the kids just nap, and accidents still occur. The police department gets a dog one day named Gloria, and Officer Buckle has her tag along to the safety speech. Gloria is a hit with students and everyone begins to watch and listen to the safety speech, soon Officer Buckle is getting requests to give his speech at ...more
Lauren Carlson
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann is a book about a police officer named Officer Buckle that goes to schools to tell children about safety rules. All the children just play and dont listen to Officer Buckle. Then one day, the police station got a police dog named Gloria. Officer Buckle started to take Gloria to the safety speeches, Gloria did tricks behind Officer Buckles back while he was saying the safety tips, the kids loved the performance and Officer Buckle was proud of himself. ...more
Courtney Lauren Smith
Officer Buckle and Gloria is a humorous and heartwarming story of a safety officer and his canine companion and "actress" Gloria. Officer Buckle visits many schools warning about the dangers in every day scenarios and Gloria, not to his knowledge, performs his prevention techniques right on stage for all the children to see.

The story of their lessons and friendship create a great children's book with even greater illustrations. The drawings in this story are bright and vibrant. They tell a new
Megan Cureton
Officer Buckle knew all the safety tips than anyone in Napville. He tried to share his safety tips with everyone but no one ever listened to him. Until the day he got Gloria, his police dog. Every time Buckle would tell the students a safety tip, the dog would do something crazy and make the crowd go crazy! Soon, Officer Buckle had all the schools around calling him wanting him to come to their school and wanting him to bring the dog. After seeing the news and realizing Gloria was the center of ...more
Savvy Clement
Summary: Officer Buckle knew many safety tips, and wanted to share them at elementary schools in Napville. After presenting and always being ignored, officer Buckle thought he might take the new police dog Gloria with him to his presentations. Suddenly, the crowds were interested and officer Buckle felt very good about himself. One day, officer Buckle's presentations was recorded and viewed on the television. Buckle soon found out everyone only paid attention to Gloria. After receiving letters f ...more
Caroline Green
In the sleepy, accident prone town of Napville, Officer Buckle enforces safety and takes his job very seriously. The students at school do not listen to him when he gives his presentations; they tend to draw, sleep, and throw paper airplanes instead. His speeches begin to entertain the children and keep them engaged once he brings his police dog, Gloria, with him. She goes on stage and almost makes fun of Officer Buckle, by copying every gesture he makes. This catches the crowd’s attention, and ...more
This book definitely earned its Caldecott medal, and the pictures add so much to the text--in fact, if I was hearing this as a book on CD, I think it would be very confusing to understand without the pictures. This book features an officer with a love of imparting safety tips to bored students. The officer acquires a police dog who accompanies him to Napville School, humorously acting out the consequences of not following Officer Buckle's safety tips, much to the students' delight (though Office ...more
Jordyn Oakland
What I admired about this story was the humor. The text and illustrations go hand-in-hand making this book a very fun read. This book is about Officer Buckle who frequently gives a boring presentation about safety but once his dog Gloria begins acting out the scenarios behind him and turning attentive when he looks, the children suddenly begin applauding and laughing.
For example, the first page is Officer Buckle saying that rule #77 is to never stand on a swivel chair and the illustration shows
Madison Ryffel
Safety is something that both children and adults will be learning constantly, most of the time from experience, and close calls with disaster. However, in the book Officer Buckle and Gloria, the theme of safety and the importance of teaching safety habits early on is demonstrated. Most of these consists of “keep your shoes tied” and “always wipe up spills before someone slips and falls”. These are lessons taught early on that we should continue to practice throughout the fragile young lives as ...more
MollyKate Mclaughlin
In the sleepy, accident prone town of Napville, Officer Buckle takes his job and safety very seriously. The students at the school auditorium do not listen to him, they sleep, draw, and throw paper airplanes around the room instead. His speeches begin to change when he begins bringing Gloria, the police dog, with him. She goes on stage with him and even copies every gesture he makes. Gloria’s gestures catch everyones attention, but when officer Buckle turns around, she just smiles.
After watchin
Jordan Traylor
Officer Buckle is a very boring police officer who goes to schools to talk to children about safety. He is asked to take a police dog, Gloria, to the school with him to give his safety speech to the children. The children fall asleep during the lesson, but are the woken up and amazed by the amazing tricks that Gloria can do. Gloria turns Officer Buckle’s speeches into a huge success, and Officer Buckle enjoys the fame until he realizes that Gloria is the main attraction. He decides that he will ...more
Paige Cook
1996 Caldecott Medal Book Winner, Officer Buckle and Gloria, written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann is a fun children's book. The creative story of a police officers failed attempts to teach children safety tips becomes a comedy and teaches the key to a lifelong friendship. The illustrator chose watercolor and ink as the medium of the picture book. Using watercolor makes the illustrator be able to detail the image thoroughly. Some illustrations are double page spreads, while others are single ...more
Broghan Schlicher
I really enjoyed this book. This book is called Officer Buckle and Gloria, and was written by Peggy Rathmann. This book is a Caldecott book. The plot of the book is that Officer Buckle writes safety tips, and no one listens to them. But one day, when Officer Buckle takes along his police dog Gloria, something changes. The students start to listen, and Officer Buckle thinks it's because of the enthusiasm in his voice. But really it is because Gloria is doing tricks in the background. Officer Buck ...more
Ronnie Stone
This book is about a police officer named Officer Buckle who taught safety tips at schools. Everywhere that he went he presented speeches with his tips but no one ever seemed to listen. One day the police station got a dog named Gloria who he decided to bring to his presentations. Officer Buckle realized how much more attentive the children were during his presentations. Little did he know that Gloria was acting out all of his safety tips while he was not looking, which was why the children were ...more
Officer Buckle & Gloria is a funny, clever, and adorable picture book written for children. It is quickly becoming a classic. Officer Buckle is a police officer who works hard to teach children about safety. He makes a long list of safety tips that he creates from his experiences, such as why not to stand on a swivel chair. Officer Buckle visits schools to teach children his safety tips and the children become bored during his presentations. Many fall asleep and are not listening at all. He ...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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