OTTO RUNS FOR PRESIDENT by Rosemary Wells

OTTO RUNS FOR PRESIDENT

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Age Range: 6 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A dark-horse candidate faces two big political machines in this election campaign at the all-canine Barkadelphia School. Backed by their parents, jock Charles the bulldog (“More Meat for Lunch”) squares off against poodle Tiffany (“Vote Cute Vote Tif!”) in a campaign that quickly turns ugly, with anonymous accusations of cheating on tests and spending class dues on hairspray flying back and forth. Meanwhile, beneath all the hoopla, Otto (a Jack Russell) quietly polls his schoolmates on what they actually want, taking notes and, with help from his friend Melanie, making yummy cookies. Unsurprisingly, Otto wins in a landslide and is last seen successfully fulfilling his voters’ wishes, while his disappointed rivals are being primed for next year by their adult backers, and Melanie betrays a spendthrift liberal agenda: “Let’s bake up more cookies,” she proposes. “Enough for everyone!” Simplistic, but young readers will get the drift. Place this timely outing next to Mark Teague’s LaRue For Mayor (2008) and Doreen Cronin’s arch Duck For President (2004), illustrated by Betsy Lewin. (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-545-03722-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2008




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