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Kid in Chief Paperback – February 10, 2012
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"A kid-friendly breakdown of how American government works, complete with a basic outline of the nuts and bolts for the branches of the federal government and an easy-to-read glossary of political terms. Young readers are sure to walk away with a firm grasp of Bobby's presidential struggles and why there's more to running a country than giving out free candy." --- Kirkus Reviews
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Illustrated by Katy Betz
Kid in Chief is a children's book that is cute,smart. You don't even realize all the lessons that are in it.
Bobby Barton the former President of the United States is telling his story about how as a third grader he became The President of the United States and what he did while in office.
I was smileing while reading it. You know it's make believe but it is a cute story.
It teaches about how laws are made,about founding fathers,importance of exercise, trade agreements,white house and secret service in short simple terms. Also in the back are bigger words and thier definations as used in the story.
I would buy this book and let my children read it if they were still young enough.
This is the second book now that I have read of Paul Maguire. They are both enjoyable, and taught something as they entertained, even though the target age is a big difference. I would recommend reading his books. I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.
I was given this ebook to read in return for honest reviews from Netgalley.
11/06/2012 PUB Smith Publicity 80 pages
Mr. Maguire finds a very comfortable sweet spot between educating the reader about how the U.S. government works, and inviting the reader to enjoy the idea of a kid president. Imagine a third grade or so reader, who has heard about Washington, D.C. and Presidents and government and elections, getting a subtle lesson on those topics, while also being invited to think about Air Force One, and having Secret Service guards, and living in the White House, and making laws about candy and school hours and whatnot. This is not easy to pull off, and it is sort of remarkable that this book is as entertaining and yet informative as it is.
It helps that Bobby and his friends are very engaging kids and that the author is content to have a cheerful episodic sort of tale instead of a complicated plot. There aren't any bad guys or villains here. Parents are normal. Adults are actually grown up and sort of dependable. There is no obvious ideological angle. (The biggest "message" is that laws and orders have consequences and that you should think about what you're doing, which doesn't strike me as an objectionable message.) The whole project becomes a sort of cool "what if" kind of story, and if it catches a reader's imagination, well that seems fine to me.
So, if you want to try something a little bit different, and maybe take a break from action stories or funny-fart stories, this book is well worth a look.
Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. As an actual practicing grandfather I read and review a lot of middle grade and YA fiction. Except for that I have no connection at all to the author or the publisher of this book.
In Kid in Chief, Paul Maguire's recent chapter book for children, Bobby Barton and his third grade class take a field trip to Washington D. C. where Bobby makes a startling discovery on page three of the U. S. Constitution. Because of a previously unknown statement in the Constitution and a checker game, Bobby soon finds himself in the top job of the nation: President of the U. S. What follows is a fun adventure with a young man and his best friends that he appointed Vice President and Chief-of-Staff, as they turn the political world upside down. Bobby learns a lot as president: how laws are made, how he can veto a bill, and about executive order. He receives a lot of letters from kids with ideas for new laws. It isn't all fun and games, though. Take the Secret Service agents who go everywhere with Bobby, even to his home for the holidays. He also has to make speeches, which is difficult, even with prompts.
Kid in Chief would make a great book for elementary school libraries and classrooms. Students, while picturing themselves in Bobby's place as president, making the country a paradise for the kids while causing headaches for the grownups, will also be learning about the responsibilities of the job without even knowing it. The author provides a glossary at the end of the book to help young readers understand the meaning of words they may not know. A playful book that's sure to be a hit with the elementary crowd.
This author deserves his top ranking for this creation. Makes a great gift for a child's reading story.