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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 230L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Ed First Printing edition (July 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423108469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423108467
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 3—A confident girl walks readers through a typical day at home and at school (Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary) as she fantasizes about herself as president. Her first executive order is for waffles. She then negotiates a treaty between a cat and dog and appoints a toy cabinet; Mr. Potato Head is a dapper Secretary of Agriculture. In decisive fonts, the Head of State vetoes tuna casserole and other schoolhouse aberrations. She "leads by example" when it's time to straighten up her bedroom, but wisely delegates an ambassador's visit to the VP as weariness sets in. Smith's understated text is accompanied by clean, cleverly designed compositions. The heroine's trapezoidal head and triangulated body are offset by stylized trees whose leaves are trimmed to float in perfect orbs. In what appears to be mixed media involving digital and hand-painted scenes as well as collage, the artist creates a '60s feel with earth-toned backgrounds that resemble the faux grass wallpaper so evocative of the period. Mid-20th-century games and presidential biographies for children are part of this fearless leader's paraphernalia. As in Smith's other spoofs, this book blends message with medium for maximum delight. Kathleen Krull's A Woman for President (Walker, 2004) and Jarrett Krosoczka's Max for President (Knopf, 2004) offer complementary glimpses at females and the Executive Branch. Hail to the chief!—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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*Starred Review* Whether the U.S. gets a woman president is still in doubt, but here a female narrator has already taken the role. In this sly, witty recitation of a president’s responsibilities, a ponytailed girl has the list down pat: give executive orders (to her cat); negotiate treaties (between said cat and dog); kiss babies; and veto, veto, veto. There’s no story, and the list of responsibilities does grow rather long. But the stretch can be forgiven because it provides more opportunity to enjoy Smith’s amazing artwork. Madam President, with her boxy head and triangular body appears against a variety of backgrounds—some plain white, others packed with interesting things—with disparate uses of materials and images that often give the look of collage. Particularly amusing is the two-page spread showing rows of cabinet secretaries inside a cabinet (e.g., a piggy-bank Secretary of the Treasury, a Mr. Potato Head Secretary of the Agriculture). Kudos to Molly Leach, whose design makes everything from the lettering to end pages look fabulous. Although there’s some winking at adults, this book is very much for kids, who might even come away having learned a bit about presidential duties. Grades K-2. --Ilene Cooper

More About the Author

Lane Smith is the author and/or illustrator of several award-winning books for children. He is a two-time winner of the Caldecott Honor for Grandpa Green (2012) and The Stinky Cheese Man (1993). Four of his books have won the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award and several of his books, including It's a Book, John, Paul George & Ben and Madam President have been New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestsellers. Mr. Smith has illustrated works by the likes of Bob Shea, Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, George Saunders, Judith Viorst, Florence Parry Heide, Jack Prelutsky and Eve Merriam. Some of his most popular books are with frequent collaborator, Jon Scieszka. Mr. Smith lives in Connecticut with his wife Molly Leach, an award-winning graphic designer.
www.lanesmithbooks.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on August 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A small girl with a big attitude imagines herself in the role of President for the day. From an executive order for more waffles at breakfast to a presidential veto of the school cafeteria's tuna casserole, this girl does not miss a beat in spending the entire day in character. How will she handle a major crisis at the end of the day when her room is deemed a Disaster Area? Her abundant skills and plucky mind-set come in handy again. With its publication in an election year, Madam President can encourage children to think more about the role of president, the tasks involved, and the job qualifications. Lane Smith's dry wit and artistic talents add just the right touch of fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on August 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
One little girl imagines her day if she were President.

Katy uses an executive order to refill her waffle plate. Recess includes secret service agents hiding behind the trees. She vetoes tuna salad for lunch. Katy even has to deal with a Disaster Area - her room.

Lane Smith creates a story that will make readers giggle. The adorable pictures reinforce the humorous tale. While the presidential subject is timely, this book will be enjoyed for years to come.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Cantwell on March 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is a fantastic, relatable, and enjoyable resource for children. It details the day of a little girl that imagines she is president of the United States. She explains each decision she makes, why it is important, and why the president is responsible. Her orders she gives, the conflicts she manages, and her presidential obligations are all outlined and described from the point of view of a little girl. For instance, she negotiates a treaty between a dog and a cat and her presidential cabinet consists of toys inside a cabinet in her room. These types of things described are what give the book its childish charm and its reliable representation of the typical and important presidential duties. The National Council for the Social Studies standard for power, authority, and governance states that the learner should be able to "give examples of how government does or does not provide for the needs and wants of people, establish order and security, and manage conflict." This standard is powerfully represented throughout this book because the little girl goes about her day doing exactly those things. One of the reasons that this book is great is that everything flows completely naturally and all of the things that the girl does throughout her day as president are representative of everything the real president does throughout his/her term in office. Children can easily relate to this book because it is representative of the culture of the United States and the daily duties of kids. The girl in the story is reflective of this standard because her character encompasses providing for the needs of her people, which is other people and animals, and establishing order and managing conflict, through being a diplomat and keeping the peace between other kids.Read more ›
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By Dolores J. Mann on November 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is a wonderful book to read with young girls. It is encouraging and supportive for finding one's talents and gifts, regardless of gender.
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Format: Hardcover
I was looking for something a little more educational, along the lines of my favorite children's book, John, Paul, George, and Ben. This is just for fun. Like it, but don't love it.
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