Thursday, September 18, 2008

President Pennybaker - Kate Feiffer

Illustrator: Diane Goode
For: Kids
Published: 2008
Rating: OK 2.5/5
Read: Sept. 13, 2008
Endpapers: Azure

Luke Pennybaker feels that life is unfair. So he decides to run for president. He chooses his dog, Lily, as the vice presidential candidate, gains support, and begins to campaign. Gaining popularity, he and Lily win the election. After he moves into the White House he is far too busy being president to do any opf the things he'd likes. Once again, it isn't fair! So he resigns and Lily takes over as president.

(Luke would like to see an orange White House.) So an unnecessary double page spread is thrown in: "To show his support, the current president bought 40 gallons of orange paint and started to paint the Whie House. When he ran out of paint, he bought 40 more gallons and 40 more and then 40 more. By now the White House was painted orange." O.....kay. ? . ?

Cute story, but not great. Lots of ridiculous promises that he could never fulfill - reality for adults, but confusing for kids? Perhaps I'm thinking about some of the compaign promises I hear from my Student Government hopefuls?

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