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Bootsie Barker Bites

by Barbara Bottner
Illustrated by Peggy Rathmann

Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1992
32 pages
ISBN: 0-399-22125-5

Ages 3 - 6

Bootsie Barker is a terror of a girl who wears a dainty hat, a frilly dress, pink cowboy boots -- and a treacherous grin that she shows only to other children. The narrator of this wry story dreads those days when her mother babysits for Bootsie ("Play nicely, girls!"). Since Bootsie is the sort of child adults think is sweet, her beleaguered playmate must come up with her own solution to the Bootsie problem (which, children will be relieved to know, does not involve winning Bootsie over). Peggy Rathmann's distinctive illustrations show that she understands the funny -- and not so funny -- side to a common childhood conflict. CCBC categories: Picture Books. 1992, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 32 pages, $14.95. Ages 3-6.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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