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A Mom's review -- Brilliant! But watch out for language.
on May 6, 2012
This book is an excellent eye-opener wfor kids. It explains perfectly -- PERFECTLY -- how a politician with no recognizable competence can burst on the scene, manipulate millions of TV-watching myrmidons, co-opt thousands of ill-educated workers within unionized and/or clown professions, and rob America blind.
It's the TV News. It's brainwashing everybody.
Well done, Tom Angleberger.
I love how the book also makes fun of the ridiculous economics of light rail in the state capital.
Just an all-around fun read. Tom Angleberger always delivers believable, likable young characters. Jodie and Lenny are both excellent.
Parent note: language -- some garbled cuss words (GottDangled, Get the Helchfitz out of here); younger siblings are described as "hyperactive little boogers;" there's one use of "Get your butt kicked;" and "You suck!" is in the book at least 4 times. Also, "Goshalmighty, I hate her."