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Talk about timely. For those poor kids whose TV rooms have been invaded by bickering presidential contenders comes this sarcastic (but painfully true) distillation of the nomination process. A blue donkey and red elephant take up residence on either side of each spread and make their cases to the reader. Well, make their cases is a bit generous. They pander (“Yes, YOU with the great hair and that dazzling smile”), brag (“I’m a SUPER CUTE elephant”), bribe (“if you vote for ME, I’ll give you a sucker”), and inflate their connection to the voter (“I know your friend’s mother’s aunt’s gym teacher’s pastor’s duck-billed platypus. So, we’re practically FAMILY”). Eventually, they go negative and sling mud—literally—while a tiny mouse, seen scurrying in the corners, walks away with the election as an independent. Obviously adults are going to get a kick out of this, but the Mo Willems–like presentation, clever coloring (when the candidates make up, the background becomes purple), and universal anti-arguing message will tickle future politicos, too. Grades K-2. --Daniel Kraus

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"Talk about timely. For those poor kids whose TV rooms have been invaded by bickering presidential contenders comes this sarcastic (but painfully true) distillation of the nomination process. Obviously adults are going to get a kick out of this, but the Mo Willems-like presentation, clever coloring (when the candidates make up, the background becomes purple), and universal anti-arguing message will tickle future politicos, too." --Booklist

"First-time author Clanton renders his battling duo in the pencil-like grays and blacks of classic editorial cartoons (Donkey almost always appears on the left against a blue background, while Elephant is on the right against red). Even readers unfamiliar with the political process will understand the demands being made on their loyalty. For children getting their first taste of presidential politics in 2012, this is a worthwhile testimony tot he current state of political discourse. Ages 4-8." --Publishers Weekly

"Clanton's pencil and watercolor cartoon illustrations appear on red and blue pages and humorously capture the nuances of the candidates' expressions as they try to manipulate the electorate. Readers too young to vote will still recognize the pitfalls of bad behavior in this satire of unsavory political practices." --School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 390L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Ltd.; First Edition edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155453822X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554538225
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ben Clanton is the author/illustrator of Rex Wrecks It!, Mo's Mustache, Vote for Me!, and The Table Sets Itself. He is also the illustrator of the Jasper John Dooley series by Caroline Adderson and the illustrator of Max Has a Fish by Wiley Blevins. Ben, his wife, and his wild goldendoodle puppy live in North Andover, Massachusetts, in an old brick mill next to a pond.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Valerie A. Baute on April 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Vote For Me! Just in time for an election.

Here you have Donkey and Elephant fighting for your vote. Donkey wants you to vote for him because he's number one! *With the disclaimer that "97% of sheep agree that Donkey is #1. (The other 3% are the black sheep of their families.)" Of course Elephant doesn't completely agree with that statement. After some back and forth banter, some slandering and some name calling, they work it out. There still needs to be a winner though, and that one might surprise you!

The book was hilarious. I mean, it has the word "redonkulously" in it! It is so funny to see the political animals fighting and acting like small children. There are so many cute little sayings to pick up on, such as talking about the "elephant in the room." I think this book could be worked into a 2nd-4th grade classroom to help introduce elections. It would also be a good gift to give someone who was running for office.

The book is written for ages 4+, or more specifically, 4-7. Unfortunately, I don't think any child in the age range will understand this book. Sure, some might laugh about the name calling, but even a lot of that would go over their heads. Some parents would get upset to have their kids repeating some of the names, such as "dim-witted dolt."

So, cute and simple illustrations, hilarious way to portray political parties, good story to tell older kids to introduce some election concepts, not good for the age range it was made for. The humor and pictures keep it at 4 stars instead of 3.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SAS on March 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This clever book is aimed towards 4 - 7 year olds, but...Vote for Me should be a "must read" for every aspiring politician. We can all see ourselves in the great drawings and comments. The kindergarden students in the hallway sound like this all the time!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolina Wool on March 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Vote for Me! is a silly take on the election season, geared towards amusing the younger audience. I thoroughly enjoyed the witty humor and darling illustrations. The illustrations have a nice classic feel to them that I really appreciated. I would definitely recommend this book for its humor and pictures to children young and old!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SeattleGal on June 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a hilarious book that would be great to use to introduce kids to politics or as a fun gift to a friend. I found the content to be hilarious for both kids and adults alike, and the illustrations are a lot of fun too. I would highly recommend this book! :) Well done, Ben Clanton!
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