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Officer Buckle & Gloria

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  23,975 Ratings  ·  1,176 Reviews
"Besides the beguiling story, the affable illustrations of the smiling Gloria, the accidental mayhem in the background, and the myriad safety tips -- such as 'always pull the toothpick out of your sandwhich' and 'never lick a stop sign in the winter' -- add to the enjoyment. A glorious picture book." -- The Horn Book"Rathmann is a quick rising star in the world of chidren' ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 28th 1995 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published 1995)
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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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jun 05, 2010 ABC rated it really liked it
This is about a police officer whose dog helps him give safety tip talks to students. It is cute, but not amazing. I am surprised it won the Caldecott medal. It must have been a slow year for picture books... Although I will say that this is probably one of the most child-friendly and "normal" of the Caldecotts that I've read!
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Aug 16, 2011 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I really enjoyed this book. Officer Buckle teaches children about safety and Gloria teaches Officer Buckle an equally important lesson.
Jan 19, 2016 Ranee rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 16, 2016 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookshelf-c
We picked this book up last year from the Scholastic Reading Club and have enjoyed it ever since. Officer Buckle visits the local school to teach the students about important safety lessons. Problem is, he's a tad boring and the students aren't interested in his presentation. One day he decides to bring along the new police dog, Gloria, with him to the school. While he gives his usual speech, Gloria acts it out in the background and quickly captures the attention of the audience. Officer Buckle ...more
Lindsey Bishop
I thought this was a cute book. It shows everyone is important whether they think so or not.
Oct 02, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
I had my 8 year old read this to me tonight. She was giggling and chortling throughout the story. This is one of those picture books where there is a perfect marriage between the text and illustrations with the illustrations adding so much humor and detail to the words. Officer Buckle goes to schools giving safety presentations. At Napville Elementary, the kids can't even stay awake for the presentation and the principal Mrs. Toppel is about to fall off her chair. But that all changes when Offic ...more
Courtney Spicer
Apr 02, 2016 Courtney Spicer rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 17, 2016 Holly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: candy-challenge
Loved this book! This is a book I would definitely use in my classroom. It shows kids that friends can help make things better, and you don't always have to go at things alone. I also love the attention to detail the illustrator used. For me this is a read similar to "Have You Filled a Bucket Today".
Cooper Chowning
Jan 18, 2016 Cooper Chowning rated it really liked it
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
Alisia Matias
Apr 01, 2016 Alisia Matias rated it it was amazing
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
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
Melissa Overland-mckay
Apr 03, 2016 Melissa Overland-mckay rated it really liked it
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
Apr 03, 2016 Edwin Reyes rated it liked it
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
Alyssa Pierce
Oct 05, 2013 Alyssa Pierce rated it really liked it
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
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
Miranda Jones
Sep 15, 2013 Miranda Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Young readers will love the fact that they are in on the joke in this picture book. Well-meaning Officer Buckle can't get anyone to listen to his safety talks, but once he is joined by a canine companion, Gloria, everyone sits up attentively, and his performances are met with wild applause. What he doesn't realize is that Gloria is performing tricks behind him. When he decides to quit giving talks, no one pays attention to Gloria either. Clearly, the two make a great team and need to visit schoo ...more
Anna Smith
Book Summary: Officer Buckle is tired of students not caring about his safety tip and one day he is given Gloria a police dog. The dog does many tricks that get the kids interested in learning them but one day Officer Buckle finds out and gets very upset. He decides to stop teaching the kids and after one day a major accident occurs and he realizes the kids need his safety tips.
Grade Level: 2nd
Individual: Any students who enjoys dogs and humor.
Classroom: This is just a good over all group read b
Mar 28, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it
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
Agnes U
Jun 09, 2015 Agnes U rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 29, 2016 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Fun story about how a dog livens up a police officer's safety briefs.

Cute illustrations with wise safety tips included in the story (without being too obviously preachy!)

Great book - one of our girls' favorites!

This book was featured in the October 2016 - Quarterly Caldecott discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Lori Bacskay
Apr 03, 2016 Lori Bacskay rated it it was amazing
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
Karly Kovac
Sep 28, 2011 Karly Kovac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book as a little kid and it was just as cute when I read it today. I remember getting this book read to me when i was little. I LOVE the pictures in the book and colors the pages all have. I love the story as well. I think this is a great book to read to kids because the pictures catch their attention and if the reader has a lot of enthusiasm they can make it fun for the kids to listen to. I thought it was an adorable book!
Jessica Winden
Sep 12, 2013 Jessica Winden rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I really liked this book. The illustrations seemed to be in watercolors and they were used correctly color wise to set the correct tone for the book. THe illustrations were funny especially when Gloria was acting out the things of what to not do. They actually made me laugh while I was reading the book. I just think that overall the illustrations were on point and really brought the book to life and made it a really great one.
Molly Medaille
Apr 03, 2016 Molly Medaille rated it it was amazing
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.
May 31, 2008 Luann rated it really liked it
At first I thought, "Fun story, but why did this win the Caldecott?" So I read it again. The second time through, I noticed that the pictures give you as much of the story as the words. They work seamlessly together to tell a very funny story! I especially love how Gloria's personality shines through in the illustrations. She's an amazing dog!
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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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