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 frustration. When Bootsie is on a rampage, even the stuffed animals cover their eyes.” —School Library Journal
Barbara Bottner grew up wanting to paint, dance, and tell stories. She went to college, studied in Paris as a painter and then, got lucky. She was asked to do sets for an Off Broadway Company called Café LA Mama,… More about Barbara Bottner
★”The story will be appreciated by all children …. The colorful drawings, filled with amusing detail, perfectly express the terroristic tactics and the narrator’s frustrations …. A book that treats a common and often troubling situation with an entertaining but effective touch.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
★”Bootsie comes over every day and the children ‘play’ while their mothers visit. … Playtime itself consists of[Bootsie] tormenting her playmate. When the shy young victim learns that Bootsie will be spending the night, she’s finally stirred to stand up for herself and scare the daylights out of her oppressor. Children will find this a profoundly satisifying turn of events . . . Expressive drawings gives this book unusual vitality . . . A natural for storytime.” — Booklist (starred review)