Although the picture-book format makes this look a bit young for kids who may actually be interested in John McCain, readers will get a broad-strokes biography, with some parts of the candidate’s life brushed away altogether. The author for this adulatory tome is McCain’s daughter Meghan, who begins by saying “he would make a great president.” She then goes on to detail how her grandfather and great-grandfather, both admirals in the navy, set a high standard for McCain, who had problems with authority growing up. She then traces his naval career, especially his time in Vietnam, including his five-year incarceration as a POW. But when he comes home, highly decorated, from Vietnam, “he met and married my mom, Cindy.” Well, first he divorced his wife, and nowhere, including a family picture, is there mention of his children from that marriage. An overview is given of McCain’s political career, and Andreasen’s color-and-sepia-tone art is handsome and evocative throughout. The shelf life for this could be short—or it could be one of the first biographies of a new president. Grades 2-4. --Ilene Cooper
About the Author
is a blogger who documents life on the campaign trail with her father and muses about fashion, music, and pop culture. Check out her blog at McCainBlogette.com.
Meghan is the oldest daughter of John McCain, U.S. senator from Arizona and the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, and Cindy Hensley McCain. She was raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated from Columbia University, where she majored in art history. McCain interned at Newsweek magazine and Saturday Night Live.
Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including By the Dawn's Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner by Steven Kroll, which was named an ABA Kids' Pick of the Lists and a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood; and Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown. He has also authored several picture books, including With a Little Help from Daddy and A Special Day for Mommy. Dan lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.