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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  404 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Seeing bully Bootsie Barker get her comuppance is guaranteed to make young readers smile.

It's the worst when Bootsie Barker comes to my house. Bootsie's the one who pulls my hair and tears my books. She hates Charlene, my pet salamander. She says that I'm a turtle and she's a turtle-eating dinosaur.

Uh-oh, I think I hear a car pulling up. That's her now! Eeek!

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Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 19th 1997 by Puffin Books (first published September 16th 1992)
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Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Seeing bully Bootsie Barker get her comuppance is guaranteed to make young readers smile.

It's the worst when Bootsie Barker comes to my house. Bootsie's the one who pulls my hair and tears my books. She hates Charlene, my pet salamander. She says that I'm a turtle and she's a turtle-eating dinosaur.

Uh-oh, I think I hear a car pulling up. That's her now! Eeek!

"The colorful cartoon and wash drawings, filled with amusing detail, perfectly express the terroristic tactics and the narrator's frustrati
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: aloud
The story, about Bootsie who bites, is slight but enjoyable. The illustrations really made the book for me. Bootsie's teeth are fearsome. Bootsie's shadow is terrifying. The colors are bright and punchy and blocky, but the characters come to life. Charlene the salamander is, unsurprisingly, my favorite character. She speaks volumes with her posture. ...more
Andrea Keeland
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: literature
Bootsie Barker Bites is about a mean young girl who is forced to be friends with another little girl because their mothers are friends. Bootsie is mean to her friend. She pulls hair, covers her mouth, forces her to play dangerous games, and does not appreciate any of her friends efforts to make connections. One night, Bootsie was asked to stay at her friend’s house overnight while her parents were out of town. Well, Bootsie was in for a rude awakening when the other little girl stood up for hers ...more
Cammie Thurston
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teaches-a-lesson
Bootsie Barker Bites is a funny story about a girl whose mom’s best friend’s daughter is really mean. The main character of the story does not like to play Bootsie because she always bullies her. Finally the main character stands up to Bootsie because she doesn’t want to be bullied anymore. This book was another one of my favorites when I was a kid. I honestly can’t remember why I liked it because when I read it again to review it I found Bootsie to be too annoying to read about. I think this is ...more
Edward Sojuwa
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
If you've never heard of Bootsie Barker, and neither have I until today, you're in for a riotous treat! This book is actually told thru the Pov of a young girl forced to be friends with Bootsie, the ultimate Kindergarten Mean Girl. Every day at the house Bootsie plays dinosaur, ready to eat the other girl alive, hah hah hah! All attempts to distract Bootsie with cute pets like the girl's pet turtle fail incomprehensibly! Can this girl stand up to her and rewrite the rules of Bootsie's game? Has ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a big hit among our students, frequently requested, including by one who refers to it as "the bite-hair-pull book." It's actually a little old for them, but they get enough of it to enjoy it, and have a LOT of questions about what they don't get. The illustrations are full of fun little details to pick up on. ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! So funny! How to deal with a bully? Read this book! I have recommended it to children, parents, and teachers. Not one ever thought it was a bad book. Good book for day cares and kindergarten classes, 1st and 2nd grade, too. Love Peggy Rathman illustrations, too.
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Barbara Bottner

You can't go wrong with any of her books, they are all great
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Amusing picture book about a girl who has a problem with an obnoxious peer, and comes up with a creative and amusing way to solve the problem. Good story about self-reliance.
Sussu Leclerc
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Funny story about a guest being mean and what can be done about it.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Bootsie Barker is definitely a DINOSAUR!
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Would standing up to bullies like this really work? It would certainly be worth a try, I think! Funny, too.
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This a good book with an important message which teachers or parents can use if they suspect bullying. You can read about both the bully and bullied and how one can resolve the bullying.
May 17, 2020 added it
Shelves: childrens
Read by TN Secretary of State Tre Hargett and his wife for Chattanooga Public Library’s bedtime stories.
A really fun picture book!
Hailey Walters
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a good book about how to stand up for yourself. This is very relevant for students who may be dealing with how to express their emotions.
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I think the girl in this book is rude, so I didn't give it a high rating. ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The issue of bullying is very prevalent in today’s society and schooling systems. The book, “Bootsie Barker Bites”, addresses this issue in a way which children can understand. From the first page of the book when Bootsie is introduced, Bootsie has a mean grin on her face like she is going to cause trouble. When Bootsie plays, she is very controlling and mean to her friend. She acts like a dinosaur who is out to eat her friend and pins her to the ground by holding her hair. When Bootsie’s mom re ...more
Elena Nagornaya
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
A hilarious book about two mom's that are best friends, but the same is not true for their daughters. Bootsie is a little monster and doesn't get along with the other girl. The story ends with an entertaining twist.

Lexile: 530L
Guided Reading: I

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Jessica Schuerman
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
(Contemporary Realist Fiction)
The main character in this story was a girl named Booties. She was a very control girl, when it came time to playing with her friend. Booties always has to do things her way, so when the two girls are playing she decides to be a dinosaur. Her friend doesn't like the dinosaurs, so she wishes Booties will fall off Earth and never come back. Until one day her friend came up with an idea to be a paleontologist. That causes Booties run out of the house and go back with h
Sep 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books-jp
The bully and the hapless victim perfectly characterized - and while I understand the whole empower yourself concept, the way the mother of the girl who is being picked on just tells her to not allow Bootsie to pick on her plays into the "work it out for yourself" parenting concept I have seen fail far too often when kids are overwhelmed by bullies and parents underplay the harm being done. Just a line of "if you can't handle this, I am there for you" (only better written, of course!) would have ...more
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Summary: This book is about two little girls who have moms who are best friends. When Bootsie comes over to play, she completely scares her so-called friend and always says she is going to eat her because she is a dinosaur. She rips up all of her friend's books and hates her friend's pet salamander. She drags her around and never lets her friend talk when the parents ask if everything is OK. Bootsie is just absolutely one hundred percent mean.

Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Genre: Picture Book

Uses: Guid
Dec 04, 2013 added it
Shelves: t-l-307
Bootsie Barker is a terrible and mean little girl. Her and her mother visit the main character’s house nearly everyday. The story is told from the point of view of a young girl that loves turtles and salamanders in which Bootsie hates both and decides to throw tantrums and pretend to eat her. The poor young girl can’t seem to escape Bootsie scaring and bullying her because their mothers are best friends. When Bootsie comes to stay the night the young girl is terrified and discovers a new game to ...more
Oh, Peggy Rathmann, your art always gets me! From the first page, where we see the toothily sneering Bootsie, we know we are in for trouble! The narrator's mother and Bootsie's mother are best friends, which means the girls must play together often. Haven't we all had that awful situation of being stuck with someone secretly nasty like Bootsie? Barbara Bottner catches that anxious feeling so well, when the girl tries to tell her mother that playing with Bootsie is horrible and her mother says sh ...more
Linda Lipko
Bootsie Barker is a bully that bites. Told from the voice of the child who is bullied, this is a wonderful tale of getting even and empowerment.

Because Bootise Barker's mother and the child Bootsie tortures with her nasty antics are best friends, each day Bootsie is dropped off at the house to play.

Each game results in Bootise turning herself into a monster with sharp, sharp teeth with which she bites.

I very much liked the illustrations. They made me laugh right out loud. The girl dreams each ni
Adam Bakken
Dec 02, 2013 rated it liked it
This tale about bullying, has the main character Bootsie Barker bullying her peers. She drags a girl around with an evil grin to play games Bootsie likes, throwing a fit and attacking the girl. When the little girl told her mother that she did not want to play with Bootsie, her mother told her that we all have to deal with people we do not like, leaving it up to the girl to deal with her tormentor.
This book is an inspirational tale of self-reliance and never giving up in the face of adversity.
Shannon McCrea
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bootsie Barker Bites by Barbara Bottner and Peggy Rathmann tells the story about a young girl named Bootsie Barker who enjoys bullying others. Bootsie never took no for an answer and would force her friends into doing things that they didn’t want to do. This is a reoccurring pattern throughout the book. I feel that this is a good book to read to young children because it teaches kid’s not to bully. It is fun to read, conveys a good message and teaches young children what they should be aware of, ...more
Christy Brown
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
I thought this was a cute book but not something that I could say that I would read by looking at the cover. The cover is very pain to me and so it really does not appeal to me by sight. Most books are picked by what the cover looks like in the beginning. This particular book has the subject matter of bullying and how one little boy fixes his problem with a girl that visits him in his own home. The boy has a very clever imagination using it to think of not only things that the visiting little gi ...more
Kane Wilburn
It's about a girl name Bootsie Barker who likes to bully people. She does stuff that other people don't want to do. One day they had a tea party one girl didn't want to but Bootsie Barker made her. Another day Bootsie Barker was staying the night at a girls house because her parents went to Chicago. So that one girls scared her off so Bootsie barker went with her parents to Chicago.
It is a good book for little kids. I loved when I was a little kids. My brother liked it. So I think you should r
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Barbara Bottner, New York Times best-selling author, is a screenwriter, TV writer, and writing coach, who began her multi-hyphenate career as an artist and actor. Designing off-Broadway sets in the ’60s led her to performance and following her career in theatre, she began writing and illustrating books for children. In total, she has written over 40 books in all areas of children’s literature incl ...more

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