Never Trust a Police Dog: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. 1995.

One of my children’s favorite books, though a little long for a bedtime read-aloud. It’s the story of Officer Buckle and his police dog, Gloria, who is (unbeknownst to Buckle) full of hysterical antics. Rathmann uses repetition of words and phrases, develops a strong plot, and gives childlike qualities to an adult character. The illustrations provide dramatic irony moving well beyond the text. Deserving of the Caldecott!

Am I the only one who thinks this could make a great kid's movie? Am I?