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Officer Buckle and Gloria

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  28,620 ratings  ·  1,810 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 BookRathmann is a quick rising star in the world of chidren's b ...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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A darling story. Officer Buckle gives boring ol’ safety tips and puts everyone to sleep until one day he gets a dog and the dog is very entertaining and his career takes off. Only problem is he doesn’t know that everyone is excited about the dog. It’s a sweet and simple story that works out well in the end.

I really can’t understand what about the art in this book makes this the Caldecott winner. It’s a fun and whimsical story, but the artwork is nothing we haven’t seen before. I don’t understand
Entertaining and delightfully humorous, Peggy Rathmann's Officer Buckle and Gloria basically and deftly, cleverly combines an often funny series of anecdotal snippets (particularly of canine Gloria repeatedly and uproariously upstaging staid and serious Officer Buckle) with important personal safety considerations and the always essential messages of friendship, of sticking with one's buddy through thick and thin. The already massively comical and witty narrative is accompanied (is graced) by br ...more
"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
Jul 16, 2013 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.
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
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Funny, charming and wise. I love picture books like this, where the illustrations really help to tell the story (rather than simply provide a visual of what the text has described). Gloria is so adorable! Love, love, love all the illustrations. Love all the safety rules and haven't even read all of Officer Buckle's post-it-notes yet as my son asked for an immediate reread and then his imagination whisked us off to other things. Love the little details (the banana peel emblem, haha!) Love the fin ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Aug 16, 2011 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.
Westminster Library
Officer Buckle is a passionate advocate for safety and for following rules. The problem is that his presentations can lack pizzazz. That is until one day he's paired up with a smart pooch called Gloria and then things really take off. This book is a wonderful read aloud for older kids who have a longer attention span and the book's takeaway will resonate with an older age group as well.

Find Officer Buckle and Gloria at the Westminster Public Library!

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
May 25, 2010 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!
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of my nephews, the one who liked to make up safety rules, would have wanted this book on his shelves. (He liked to invent jokes and make rules that sounded silly but were reasonable, such as "Never share your lunch with a bear.")

I like anything that raises kids' awareness of safety, AND provides an opportunity to consider some of the reasons for rules.
I can't believe I'd never read this book!
This is such a cute story.
It tells of the very safety Conscious Officer Buckle, who begins to bring Gloria (a K9 dog) to his safety seminars at school and safety suddenly becomes a hit, but Buckle doesn't know quite why the change; Gloria boosts Buckles' confidence in not only the many students but in Buckle himself. Good and funny story of friendship.
Good read aloud for storytime and colorful illustrations;
Thanks for the recommendation Darla!
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
4* art
3* story

It's a funny one. Squirt didn't get it at first because he was jumping on the bed instead of looking at the pictures. It's hard to tell if he's listening sometimes, but he gets very upset if I stop reading...
Courtney Spicer
Apr 02, 2016 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
Christine Kim
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was about a knowledgable police officer, Officer Buckle, in Napville. As his duty, he visits Napville school and shares all of his safety tips to the students, however, no one pays attention and all sleep. When Officer Buckle brought along the police department's newly recruited dog, Gloria, everything began to change. As Officer Buckle, shared his safety tips once again, the children began to pay attention as Gloria was mimicking Officer Buckle from behind, but, when Officer Buckle ch ...more
Cooper Chowning
Jan 13, 2016 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
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
Marie Hatheway
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Officer Buckle is a safety connoisseur. He constantly thinks of everything that you shouldn’t do if you want to be safe. Officer Buckle goes to the school where the children are bored out of their minds by his safety speech. Then one day Officer Buckle gets a new k-9 companion, Gloria. When Gloria starts to go with Officer Buckle to talk with students, the students finally begin to show interest in Officer Buckles speech to the point where they laugh until crying. Officer Buckle becomes very pop ...more
Edwin Reyes
Apr 03, 2016 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. He ...more
Melissa Overland-mckay
Apr 03, 2016 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
Alyssa Pierce
Oct 05, 2013 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
Rachel Hatcher
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-11-20
This book is about Officer Buckle and his sidekick Gloria. At the beginning of the book, Officer Buckle goes to speak about school safety, but everyone falls asleep. However, once Gloria is taken with him to safety speeches, all the students are enthralled. Officer Buckle has no idea that Gloria has been acting out behind him until he watches the news of a videoed speech earlier that day. Officer Buckle becomes upset and decides he is finished with speeches, but when Gloria goes by herse
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 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
Catherine Miner
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Officer Buckle is a police officer that presents safety tips to local school children. His presentations are boring and put the students to sleep. The students and staff do not pay attention to his safety tips. One day, the police department decides to get a police dog named Gloria. During Officer Buckle’s safety talks, Gloria begins acting out the safety tips behind Office Buckle. The presentation becomes a hit and Officer Buckle is asked to do safety presentations at other schools. The student ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
Poor Officer Buckle. I feel his pain whenever I get up in front of a story time group and notice that no one is paying attention. I think kids understand that feeling too - the fear that no one is listening to the important things they have to say. Gloria is a wonderful asset to the performance, but even her exciting jumps and flips create a problem. Officer Buckle realizes it’s not him but Gloria who is so popular. Thankfully, though, the students at the schools recognize it’s the partnership t ...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
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Pablo Coppola
Officer Buckle is a police officer that travels around the neighborhood giving safety presentations to local schools to ensure safety. This story revolves around Officer Buckle receiving a police dog; Gloria, which accompanies Officer Buckle to his safety presentations. Officer Buckle has a reputation for boring presentations until Gloria served as an entertaining visual to his presentations by acting out safety procedures. His popularity increased while accident decreased. Unfortunately, Office ...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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