written by Barbara Bottner
illustrated by Peggy Rathmann
Putnam Children’s Books
…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!
“Underneath Bootsie’s bouncy blond hair, frilly dress, and ribboned straw hat lies the heart of a tyrant. The moment adults clear the room, the sweet smile turns into a sneer and the real child emerges…humorous, successful. When Bootsie is on a rampage, even the stuffed animals cover their eyes.”
– School Library Journal, starred review
“Rathmann’s neon-bright, full-color artwork extends the emotional tenor and the humor of the text. Her expressive drawings…give the book unusual vitality. A natural for storytime.”
– Booklist, starred review