TROUBLE IN THE BARKERS’ CLASS
(The Barker Twins™)
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Published July 28, 2003
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York
Copyright © 2003 by Tomie dePaola
9 ¼” (width) x 10 ¾” (height)
Hardcover, Picture Book, 32 pages, unnumbered
Reading Level – Ages 4 up
From the book’s flap copy…
The Barker Twins, Morgie and Moffie, are so excited: A new student is joining their class! Morgie makes her a welcome card, and Moffie can’t wait to play blocks with her.
But when Ms. Shepherd introduces Carole Anne to the class, she doesn’t smile. Instead, she causes trouble. She pushes Moffie in line and scribbles on Morgie’s drawing. She even throws Morgie’s special dinosaur book into the bushes!
With Carole Anne making it impossible for anyone to like her, everyone in the class starts to ignore her. But one Saturday, Morgie hears someone crying behind the bushes near the Barkers’. It’s Carole Anne! Will Morgie try to find out what’s wrong – before there’s even more trouble in class?
“Those adorable twins – anthropomorphized Welsh terriers Morgan and Moffat – deftly handle a common crisis of early childhood when a mean new kid comes to class.”
From THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW…
“DePaola’s familiar softly colored illustrations feature wonderfully expressive characters. The shapes and positions of the ears among this canine crew form a subplot of their own. Tomie dePaola’s books should be a mainstay in any collection for young children.”
From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL…
“This is an excellent book to teach conflict resolution, dealing with bullies, and making friends.”
Editor – Margaret Frith
Art Director – Cecilia Yung
Book Designer – Gina DiMassi
The art was done in transparent acrylics on Fabriano 140 lb. handmade watercolor paper.
For Sara, Jennifer, Katrina, Maria
– and Bob and Mario.
They were ALL trouble in their classes!
About the dedication…
Sara and Jennifer (Literacy Consultant for the Barker Twins books) are friends who live in Australia.
Katrina is Penguin Young Readers Group Director of Publicity.
Maria was once Tomie’s editor at Harcourt.
Bob is Tomie’s assistant.
Mario is a friend who lives in Mexico.
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