Officer Buckle and Gloria

Book review by
Esther Ehrlich, Common Sense Media
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Teaches gentle lessons about safety and teamwork.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 4 reviews

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Positive Messages

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

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

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

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRecessGymClass2 December 11, 2016

Great book for kids to learn about safety and friendship.

This is a really good book. It teaches kids about safety lessons, but also friendship lessons. So it is recommended for all children. Gloria is a cute and funny... Continue reading
Adult Written byAlphaZK93 January 18, 2011

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.
Kid, 11 years old July 1, 2015

Cute, I loved it!

I think this book is so cute and funny! I read it as a little kid and it was so amazing. Every kid should have a chance to read this funny and charming book!
Kid, 12 years old May 14, 2011

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!

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?

This rollicking, sweet story will have young kids howling with laughter, and has enough mischief to keep little ones engaged, common sense to reassure parents, and 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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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