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LaRue for Mayor: Letters from the Campaign Trail Hardcover – March 1, 2008


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  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: The Blue Sky Press; First Edition edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439783151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439783156
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Teague is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator whose books include the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling How Do Dinosaurs... series, the LaRue series, FIREHOUSE!, FUNNY FARM, and many other humorous picture books. Mark lives in New York state with his wife and their two daughters.

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Highly recommend all 3 books, so much fun.
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Our favorite wire fox terrier continues his adventures.
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The story is interesting and the artwork is excellent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ami Hassler on February 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
While by nature I'm more of a cat person (I have two), I can't help but think that a lovely little dog like Ike LaRue would make life a lot of fun. LaRue for Mayor is the third book in which Ike has wowed readers with his cunning intelligence, playful antics and knack for being in the right place at the right time.

In this third book, Mrs. LaRue is in the hospital, and Ike is writing her to complain how unjust it is that dog-hater Hugo Bugwort is running for Mayor of Snort City. Sure some dogs over-turned a hot-dog cart and disrupted a baseball game, but isn't that just the spirited behavior of a few dogs? Should Bugwort be proposing a leash law, a curfew and a ban on canines in most public places? Ike thinks not, and decides to run for Mayor himself.

Teague really has created a wonderful picture book that will appeal to both children and adults. For kids there are bold, brightly colored illustrations of dogs behaving rather mischievously. For adults there are the contrasting black and white illustrations of Ike imagining his actions to be more grandiose than they really are. Ike is a small dog with a big personality, and I can't say it any better than to say I LIKE IKE. I think you will too.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Those familiar with this wonderfully hilarious series will be familiar with the very effective format that Mark Teague has used in the past and has pretty well perfected in this third installment of the Adventures of Ike LaRue. If you are a dog person, or an animal person, for that matter, you will instantly recognize our own dog or a dog you have known in the antics of Ike.

There is a new candidate for mayor in Snort City and this man, the former police chief, is running on an anti dog campaign. We want leash laws, curfews and control of unruly dogs. The story opens with a newspaper article telling about of pack of rambunctious dogs showed up at one of the new candidates political rallies, caused a disturbance, overturned a hotdog stand and in doing so, injured Mrs. Gertrude LaRue, sending her to the hospital.

Ike is terribly "upset" about this (of course it was his pack of friends that cause the disturbance) and begins writing his trade mark letters to Mrs. LaRue keeping her informed of what is going on outside her hospital room. As always, the author has broken the pages of his story down into four basic parts. We have newspaper articles, Ike's letters to Mrs. Larue, incidents which are detailed in the illustrations and of course Ike's take on these incidents, which are also in the illustrations. As always, Ike's version of what happens differs wildly from what actually is the true story. The antics of Ike and his friends are most certainly funny. The reader needs to examine each illustration very carefully; Teague has, as always, added in many little very amusing asides.

Ike decides to run against this new threat to his "freedom" and plans a campaign of his own to run for mayor of Snort City.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Jonker on April 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
With election season in full tilt "LaRue for Mayor" comes along to join in the politicking.

The plot is this: Hugo Bugwort is running for mayor and he is a very anti-dog candidate. Ike sabotages Bugwort's campaign and eventually tries to start his own candidacy.

If you're reading a LaRue book (there have been two previous titles), you're gonna get two things: written correspondence and vocab. "Mayor" continues this trend. In the first page Mrs. LaRue is sent to the hospital, forcing her dog, Ike, to communicate with her through letters. The gaps in the story are filled in nicely with articles from the daily newspaper. I'm sure that inventive teachers have used LaRue books for teaching letter writing - they can now incorporate "Mayor" as well.

Some sample vocabulary? Perilous, scurrilous, doubtless - these are not your run of the mill words for a picture book. And that's just a sample from one page. You've got to hand it to Mark Teague for using this language in a context that will help kids understand it. That's learning y'all!

The artwork is spot on. Do I need to mention that this is Mr. Teague we're talking about? The man's already on Children's Lit Rushmore (well, my Children's Lit Rushmore - ask to see the plaster of paris model I'm working on in my garage), and really requires no further comment other than "It's the cat's pajamas".

The storyline is where I start to have some hesitations. The plot makes sense, but it's not quite as compelling as the previous "LaRue" installments. Ike filling in Mrs. LaRue about the state of Bugwort's campaign didn't have me turning the pages with the same level anticipation as in the past. This is, mind you, a minor quibble with an overall winner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By metal fan usa on February 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 12 year old daughter and I have been waiting for the 3rd Ike LaRue book, so when she came home from school today and saw it waiting for her she lit up and was so excited!! She sat down and started reading right away, instead of turning on the the TV (Thank you Mark Teague!)..

Highly recommend all 3 books, so much fun.
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