Officer Buckle and Gloria

Teaches gentle lessons about safety and teamwork.
Caldecott Medal and Honors

What parents need to know

Positive messages

One scene depicts schoolkids napping, throwing paper airplanes, and behaving in other disrespectful ways toward Officer Buckle.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this book teaches about safety with a funny, fast-moving story.

What's the story?

The students at Napville School snooze through Officer Buckle's safety speeches until his new police dog, Gloria, joins the act. Gloria's acting talents suddenly make Officer Buckle the talk of the town. This zany book, illustrated in vibrant color, tickles funny bones while teaching gentle lessons about safety and teamwork.

Is it any good?


Take one earnest police officer and combine him with one theatrical pooch. What do you get? A rollicking, sweet story that will leave young kids howling with laughter. There's enough mischief to keep little ones engaged, enough common sense to reassure parents, and enough good humor for everyone.

The pages are jam-packed with neon-bright pictures that add zip to an already zippy story. Whether she's hurling herself in the air or pretending to be electrocuted, nowhere will you find a dog with more expression than Gloria! The simple text is jazzed up with hand-written safety tips and notes that kids love to pore over. This book will have kids hoping that Officer Buckle and Gloria will show up for a safety speech at their school.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the safety lessons in the book. They also can talk about teamwork. Why were Officer Buckle's feelings hurt? Why did Gloria feel badly? Are they better working together or apart?

Book details

Author:Peggy Rathman
Illustrator:Peggy Rathman
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Penguin Group
Publication date:January 1, 1995
Number of pages:32
Award:Caldecott Medal and Honors

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Adult Written byAlphaZK93 January 18, 2011
age 2+

This book made me stop standing on swivel chairs for fun. Seriously. It did.

Great children's book. To this day, I think about this book when I see people stand on swivel chairs.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written bySpiff April 9, 2008
age 0+
Humorous will like it.
Kid, 12 years old May 14, 2011
age 4+

Great book with great messages towards safety!

Ahh, memories. I remember when I was like 2 or 3 and I enjoyed it a lot. It's a great book which teaches you about safety. Litle kids will love it!
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