When the mothers are in the room, Bootsie Barker appears to be a perfectly well-behaved young lady but the minute they leave the room, the real Bootsie emerges and her playmate knows she is in big trouble. Bootsie becomes that tyrannical child who just wants her own way and is happy to boss everyone else around and even destroy a few possessions in the process.
The only reason these two girls are together is the unfortunate luck that their mothers are friends. So, Bootsie's victim suffers through an overnight with this Gal-zilla and then finds a way to defeat and overcome her adversary in a calm and creative way. This is a great book for teaching children how to get along with difficult personalities and maybe even a way to mirror for those toughies just how they might appear to someone else.
32 pages 978-0698114272 Ages 4-7
Keywords: bullies, bullying, bossiness, getting along, overcoming obstacles, problem solving, social situations, social skills, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
Seeing bully Bootsie Barker get her comuppance is guaranteed to make young readers smile.
It's the worst when Bootsie Barker comes to my house. Bootsie's the one who pulls my hair and tears my books. She hates Charlene, my pet salamander. She says that I'm a turtle and she's a turtle-eating dinosaur.
Uh-oh, I think I hear a car pulling up. That's her now! Eeek!---from the publisher