/*Starred Review*/ Gr. 2-5. It's hard to imagine a more accessible introduction to voting. The words are straightforward, the art whimsical and creative, and two darling dogs provide color commentary on the action. The frame story is a mayoral election in which the mother of a young, African American named Angela Johnson is one of the candidates. The book follows the action from political rallies, fund-raisers, and debates through the election, ending with a successful recount. Along the way, all the pertinent questions are asked and answered: What is voting? Why doesn't everyone vote? Who decided who can vote? The latter question could have taken a book of its own to answer, but Angela explains in a few short pages, with the help of flashback art featuring colonialists, suffragettes, and minorities, how universal suffrage came about. The art, which mixes a deceptively simple comic-book style and more traditional full-page pictures, crackles with excitement, and the humorous asides by the doggie commentators not only help explain the action but also add extra bits of information. A glossary, a time line, and a resource list are appended. Vote aye on this one, and use it in the run up to next year's election. ((Reviewed November 1, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist ReviewsReview by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Young readers curious about politics will say "yea" to this well-executed book, which effectively explains the nuances of the election process using a small-town mayoral campaign as an example. Two wisecracking pooches and the candidate's daughter act as pint-size political commentators, describing each step in easy-to-grasp language ("Political parties are like clubs for voters who share similar ideas." "Ideas about what?" "About government, schools, health care, environment"). The somewhat goofy subplot concerning the pooches' interactions (e.g., one pup rushes the stage during a debate to demand why canines can't vote, sparking the local newspaper's headline "Debate Goes to the Dogs!") dovetails nicely with Christelow's (Where's the Big Bad Wolf?; the Five Little Monkeys books) line-drawn comic strip-style panel illustrations. She uses dialogue balloons and related asides among characters (one couple discusses which candidate is best) to deliver extra information about such topics as voting rights, political fundraising, registration and voter apathy. (A timeline of voting rights, a glossary of terms and other resources bring the book to a close.) The story builds to election night, when, in an au courant twist, the winning candidate faces a recount. This accessible introduction to elections may well inspire future lever-pulling in the voting booth-and could serve as a strong kickoff to the 2004 election year. Ages 6-10. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
With two wisecracking pooches and the candidate's daughter as pint-size commentators, "this book effectively explains the nuances of the election process using a small-town mayoral campaign as an example," according to PW. "A well-executed book that could serve as a strong kickoff to the 2004 election." Ages 6-10. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 3-5-Using a campaign for mayor as an example, Christelow offers some background history on voting rights; explains the voting process; and answers questions about registration, volunteering, fund-raising, and recounting ballots. Colorful, comical illustrations in pen and ink and acrylic gouache and narration by one candidate's dogs, Elmer and Sparky, create a light yet informative tone. Appendixes offer a time line, a discussion of political parties, and Internet resources. Christelow's book will complement the few books available on the topic, including Betsy Maestro's The Voice of the People (Lothrop, 1996) and Patricia Murphy's Voting and Elections (Compass Point, 2001) as these titles focus on voting and elections as related to the three branches of government. This accessible and appealing title deserves a place in all collections.-Doris Losey, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Tampa, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 3-5-Using a fictional mayoral election as an example, the author clarifies the entire voting process from campaigning to casting ballots. Humorous comic-strip-style cartoons, featuring a running dialogue between Elmer and Sparky, one of the candidate's dogs, support the text and keep the tone light. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Using a campaign for mayor as an example, shows the steps involved in an election, from the candidate's speeches and rallies, to the voting booth where every vote counts, to the announcement of the winner. 15,000 first printing.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Using a campaign for mayor as an example, shows the steps involved in an election, from the candidate's speeches and rallies, to the voting booth where every vote counts, to the announcement of the winner.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Using a town’s mayoral election as a model, this lively introduction to voting covers every step in the process, from the start of the campaign all the way to the voting booth. There’s even a recount! The cast of characters includes two dogs (and a cat), whose questions and comments mirror those of young readers and help to explain some of an election’s more confusing aspects. Told with clarity and wit in Eileen Christelow’s signature comic-book style and vetted by an expert in voter education, this look at how we choose our leaders turns an often daunting topic into an exciting narrative. Who would have guessed that learning about voting could be so much fun?A timeline of the history of voting in the United States, a glossary of words associated with voting, a discussion of American political parties, and a list of Internet resources are included.