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The Very Silly Mayor Hardcover – October 1, 2009
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You've probably seen the children's books from various celebrities - this isn't like that. This author draws cartoons for a living, so it's not like some actor or singer who is getting into the business for vanity's sake. He has a genuine skill for this and it's something to be appreciated. Give this one a shot - you won't be disappointed.
When a short children's book can do all of the above, plus some fun illustrations, and a few really funny moments ... that's a definite success for me. I hope I can be reading this one at bedtimes for a while!
If you are a Tomorrow fan yourself though you will appreciate the book; however, as it is for kids it doesn't carry the same bite we appreciate in his strips.
Tom Tomorrow has - and he's crafted a wonderful tale that captures the essence of politics for children with Zen-like clarity. The very idea of government is under attack from some quarters, but Tom Tomorrow makes a case for it in a very straight forward and non-ideological way that children will have no trouble understanding. If we're going to have government, we're going to have people running it, and people are people.
When the Very Silly Mayor - just trying to do his job - comes up with some very silly ideas, we get to see what happens when accountability breaks down. Tom Tomorrow shows how the way people act can make a problem with government worse, and how they can fix it too. There's no violence, no name calling - in fact everyone is very polite - but some good lessons are there to be learned. The ending is classic!
Long time readers of This Modern World will recognize many of the characters and Tom Tomorrow's distinctive art work. (The colors are very bright!) It's a wonderful morality tale that both instructs and entertains - and works at levels children and adults will both enjoy.
Highly recommended, and a great gift for parents with children old enough to be read to at night.
More importantly, it passed the little kid test. Since reading them the book it's become the sort of book that as a parent I have to read over and over yet it doesn't make me wince or groan every time the kids ask me to read it. Blinky and Sparky are lovable characters for children I've learned. In fact, my 1st grader has already brought the book into school for show-and-tell and asks me questions over and over about Biff, Sparky, Blinky and why the Mayor is so silly. As a librarian and parent who is always trying to get kids to love books and parents excited about reading to their children I strongly recommend this book. Librarians take note--I think this would make a fabulous addition to public and elementary school libraries.
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