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FUTURE PRESIDENT by Lori  Alexander


From the Future Baby series

by Lori Alexander ; illustrated by Allison Black

Pub Date: Dec. 26th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-338-31224-9
Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Babies have all the qualities necessary to be leaders of the free world.

Does Baby have what it takes to be the president of the United States of America? Baby knows how to take charge, command attention, and negotiate complex trades. Besides these professional qualifications, Baby is used to working in a play space shaped surprisingly like the oval office. With all of these credentials, Baby seems like the perfect fit for the highest office in the land. The illustrations in this board book feature racially and ethnically diverse examples of both babies and presidents, notably including women of color and at least one woman wearing hijab, and a brown, female-presenting child beams from the cover. (It is, however, disappointing that the very first potential president within the book is a white, male-presenting child rather than one of the more diverse babies featured in later pages). The cartoon illustrations are bright and cheerful, featuring bold blocks of color that are especially appealing to very young children. The clever parallels drawn between a baby’s relationship to the world and the president’s job are sure to delight adults reading the book aloud, although many are too sophisticated for children to understand. The final pages feature facts about the U.S. presidency that are interesting but more appropriate for readers who are slightly older than the typical board-book age.

A book for very young readers who are already ready to lead.

(Board book. 6 mos.-2)