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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Paula Wiseman Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; First Edition edition (August 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416913548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416913542
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,567,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—Young Luke Pennybaker realizes that life is unfair after receiving one too many "no's" from his dad. In response, he decides to run for president. With his dog as running mate and campaign promises that address homework, sleeping late, and the right to a messy room, his candidacy quickly takes off. The "Birthday Party" candidate beats his Democratic and Republican rivals in a landslide. When he moves into the White House, which has been painted orange in response to Luke's persuasiveness, President Pennybaker soon learns that even free ice cream and presents won't please every one of his constituents. He promptly resigns, leaving the leadership of the nation to his dog. Deadpan narration allows the absurdity of the premise to carry the day, with plenty of help from the illustrations. Goode's breezy watercolors set just the right tone. Luke looks amusingly earnest and always very much a regular kid. Other characters are equally expressive, without being too exaggerated. Old-fashioned phones, televisions, and other implements set the action in an earlier era, neatly adjusted to include rich ethnic diversity and a female presidential candidate. The humor is deftly understated, both visually and verbally, making this an amusing and appealing send-up of politics and children's chores.—Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR
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Young Luke Pennybaker’s moment of disillusionment comes when he has finished his list of chores and still isn’t permitted to watch television. Life is unfair. How to remedy the situation? Run for president. First, he gets the support of his schoolmates on a platform of less homework and more pets. Then he spends the summer campaigning and wins the election, even though he can’t vote. But once in office, Luke realizes the job’s harder than he thought. On to plan B. Obviously, the story’s specifics aren’t intended to bear much scrutiny, but even so, the humor in places seems forced. Happily, the talented Goode’s artwork finds fun everywhere: atop a mountain with Luke speechifying to backpackers; at a debate where his idea of painting the White House orange is topic number 1; and on the job, where Luke’s advisors leave him less time to watch TV than before. With a retro look (Luke even resembles a young Skeezix from the Gasoline Alley comic strip), this is good-looking election-year fare. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper

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I love reading books aloud to kids.
Jarucia Jaycox
I was hoping this book would incorporate some cleverly disguised lessons about the political process, but alas, it was not to be.
Learning All The Time
This is a fun and entertaining story with interesting and colorful retro illustrations.
Nia

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Fegler VINE VOICE on August 26, 2008
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This is a cute and fun picture book. The pictures are remniscent of an earlier age, but the complaint is the same...life isn't fair for kids. They have to clean their rooms, wear nice, clean clothes to parties, do their homework and eat their dinners before they get dessert. So, Luke Pennybaker decides to run for President and change all that. With his dog, Lily, as his Vice Presidential Candidate, they hit the campaign trail. In the end, Luke finds that along with the freedom he would like to choose, comes responsibility too. I loved the surprise ending too, but I won't give that away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. J Parker on August 26, 2008
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I read this book to my grandsons, ages 6 & 8. Like most kids, they agreed with Luke. Life is unfair - to many chores, school & homework.

The art is cute & colorful. I got a few giggles, especially when Luke was asked what would be the first thing he'd do as the youngest president in America. He replied "Paint the White House orange".

My grandsons asked several good questions - what is voting? & what is campaigning? Campaigning was very simple with the pictures of Luke standing on boxes or shelves talking to both kids & adults.
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I recommend this book for 5 & up. Especially with this being an election year
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex Honda TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 5, 2008
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PRESIDENT PENNYBAKER, by Kate Feiffer and illustrated by Diane Goode, is a large picture book that's great for either bedtime or anytime story telling for kids.

Simply written and filled with colored cartoons (that look like the old comics The Adventures of Tintin: Tintin in America / Cigars of the Pharaoh / The Blue Lotus (3 Complete Adventures in One Volume, Vol. 1)), the story revolves around a young boy, Luke Pennybaker, who decides to run for President of the USA to make life fair for kids everywhere and he wins!

Anyway, the cute story not only teaches young kids to aim big but also to be careful what they wish for because they just might get it. And that sometimes...being a kid isn't so bad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rough Customer VINE VOICE on September 5, 2008
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My four year old pre kindergarten grandson loved me reading this book to him and pointing at the pictures. Once on Saturday. Sunday, he asked me to read this book to him again, so we did. He is not quite old enough to relate it to reality...yet. He did love the book and insisted on taking it home with him. Drawings are quite well done, very creative, the storyline is fun too, just enough realism to make the book a learning experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amazonbuyer on August 27, 2008
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My son has read this book three times since it arrived this morning. I read the book after he did and didn't see what was so compelling. He gave the book 5 stars and I gave it 3 stars. I combined our ratings, thus the 4 stars above.

I asked my son why he likes this book so much. He said he liked it because the "dad acts just like a real dad and the boy acts and thinks just like I do and it is really funny at the end."

The dialogue between the dad and son is realistic and I guess, from a kid's perspective, the book does give a glimpse of the idea that being a president isn't the easiest job in the world.

I thought the book would be more educational but it is really basically for entertainment. Had I read the book first, I might not have even showed it to my son. I'm glad he got to it before I did.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 1, 2008
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"Life isn't fair," President John F. Kennedy once said," but government should be."

When Luke Pennebaker experiences the former (when his dad says he can't watch TV--even after he's done his chores), he tries to change it through the latter: A run for the U.S. Presidency on a "Be Fair" platform.

Like many politicians, Luke starts at the grassroots level and then expands his base. At the school auditorium, he announces a few of his reforms:

"I promise to make life fair."
"I promise that if I'm elected President, you'll only have to do homework when you want to."
"I promise that if I'm elected President, you'll be able to eat dessert any time of the day and go to sleep as late as you want to."

As one might imagine, the elementary school kids go wild. But how will this play nationally and how will he get that all-important campaign financing?

Luke and his dog Lilly (oh, this improbable ticket includes Lilly as the VP nominee), solicit pennies for Pennebaker, and tour nationally: A mountaintop in Colorado, "the beach at the Jersey shore," even a dog show in Detroit! Luke, who declares himself a candidate on the "Birthday Party," gets a uniformly warm reception, even though his kid-oriented promises probably wouldn't go over too well with adults: "...kids get treated like everyday is their birthday. They get to eat cake and ice cream and open presents every morning... They can flood the bathroom when they take a bath and keep their room as messy as they want to." (I'm not sure if--even on birthdays--these are generally ok'd by parents!).

A little more implausible (but fun) narrative turns follow: Apparently Luke can run for President, but a cop keeps him from voting because of his age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nia VINE VOICE on September 18, 2008
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Luke Pennybaker was fed up of things being so unfair. He decided to do something about it. This head strong kid runs for president using funds of pennies raised for Pennybaker. He even enlists the help of a trustworthy VP, his dog. This is a fun and entertaining story with interesting and colorful retro illustrations. I enjoyed reading the story in the midst of election time.
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