You can’t go wrong with this Caldecott Medal winning picture book. Officer Buckle helps keep the children of Napville Elementary School informed about safety, even though they do not appreciate his boring presentations. All of that changes when Gloria, an energetic police dog, becomes Officer Buckle’s new partner and goes with him on the school visits. Suddenly, the children are mesmerized by the safety assemblies. Officer Buckle thinks that they really love him, even though it is actually Gloria that steals the show with her hijinks. It turns out that Gloria can do all sorts of tricks and acts out safety tips and accidents behind Officer Buckle’s back. Thanks to a TV news team’s recording, Officer Buckle eventually finds out what Gloria is doing. He becomes very dispirited and poor Gloria is forced to unsuccessfully host the safety presentations on her own. Things take a turn for the worst when Napville Elementary has its biggest accident ever. The two partners are reunited when they understand that they work best together as a team to promote safety. The cartoon style pictures are a delight to examine and readers will notice many details throughout the illustrations. The book also includes a variety of humorously illustrated safety tips that readers both young and old will enjoy. Highly recommended for ages 4 through 8.
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