Bootsie Barker Ballerina (I Can Read Book 3)

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9780064442411: Bootsie Barker Ballerina (I Can Read Book 3)

When Bootsie turns up in Bernie and Lisa's ballet class, the trouble starts. When she starts knocking Bernie down with her pirouettes, Madame blames Bernie for disrupting the class. Can Bernie and Lisa figure out a way to get Bootsie off their backs?

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About the Author:

Barbara Bottner has written more than twenty children's books and scripts for TV, including Bootsie Barker Bites, which was translated into five languages.She lives in Hollywood, FL.

G. Brian Karas has illustrated many books for children, including In the Hush of the Evening and his own Home on the Bayou, a Boston GlobeHorn Book Honor Book, as well as another I Can Read Book, Sid and Sam, by Nola Buck. Mr. Karas lives in Rhinebeck, NY.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Bully Bootsie Barker (Bootsie Barker Bites, 1992) returns, this time in the I Can Read series; subtle stereotypes, depicted by a different illustrator (Peggy Rathmann illustrated the original) detract from the humor that made Bootsie a villain readers loved to hate. Lisa asks her friend Bernie to attend ballet class with her because she's afraid of encountering Bootsie. Bootsie spies Bernie and announces, ``I HATE ballet,'' adding, ``I hate boys even more.'' Dance class goes down the tubes, as Bootsie muscles her way through pli‚s and relev‚s. When Bootsie dances out her version of a tornado, Bernie and Lisa let her spin her way right out the door. Bernie's constant seeking of reassurances about ballet class from his basketball coach comes across as apologetic, making ballet a means to improving his game, instead of an end in itself. Bootsie's unrelenting meanness works as well here as it did in her debut, but Karas's illustrations throw the story off: In a classroom where all the other students are relatively small and thin, Bootsie is fat; her bullying becomes synonymous with her size, and sets the stage for mean-spirited associations between looks and behavior. (Picture book. 5-7) -- Copyright 1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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