Bootsie Barker Ballerina

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HarperCollinsPublishers, 1997 - Ballet dancing - 39 pages
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Trouble in a tutu

When Bootsie Barker shows up at Bernie and Lisa's ballet class, the trouble begins. "I "hate" ballet!" Bootsie yells. "I hate boys even more!" And she means it! Bootsie's "plies" and "pirouettes" keep knocking Bernie down, but Madame blames Bernie.

Can Bernie and Lisa figure out a way to get Bootsie Barker off their backs?Bootsie Barker the bully seems to turn up everywhere--now she is terrorizing Lisa and Bernie' s ballet class.But Madame never notices that Bootsie is the one causing the trouble. Instead, Madame blames Bernie and Lisa for knocking people over and disrupting the class. Can Bernie and Lisa figure a way out to get even with Bootsie? Ballerinas, basketball players, and beginning readers will enjoy this story of outwitting one of the funniest bullies they' ll ever meet.

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User Review  - Whisper1 - LibraryThing

Purchased at my local library sale table for .10, this book is a hoot! Bootsie Barker is a bully that bites. Told from the voice of the child who is bullied, this is a wonderful tale of getting even ... Read full review

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

The story, about Bootsie who bites, is slight but enjoyable. The illustrations really made the book for me. Bootsie's teeth are fearsome. Bootsie's shadow is terrifying. The colors are bright and ... Read full review

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Barbara Bottner is the author of many favorites for young readers, including Rosa's Room, illustrated by Beth Spiegel; the ever-popular Bootsie Barker Bites, illustrated by Peggy Rathmann; and Bootsie Barker Ballerina, also an I Can Read Book, illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Together with her husband, Gerald Kruglik, Ms. Bottner has authored the award-winning picture book Wallace's Lists, illustrated by Olof Landstrom, and the I Can Read Book Pish and Posh, which she illustrated.

Children's author and illustrator, G. Brian Karas was born in Milford, Connecticut in 1957. After graduating from Paier School of Art, he worked as a greeting card artist and a commercial illustrator. Home on the Bayou, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, was his first illustrated book. Since then, he has illustrated over seventy books for children. Titles authored and/or illustrated by Karas have won numerous other awards. Saving Sweetness written by Diane Stanley was a Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book for Children in 1996, received a Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon in 1996, and was a School Library Journal Best Book of 1996. Like Butter on Pancakes by Jonathan London was a School Library Journal Best Book of 1995. The Class Artist, written and illustrated by Karas, was a Smithsonian Magazine's Notable Book for Children in 2001 and received the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2002 Best Book Gold Award.

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