By Eileen Christelow
(Clarion Books, Library Binding, 9780618247547, 48pp.)
Publication Date: August 2003
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Using a town’s mayoral election as a model, this lively introduction to voting covers every step in the process, from the start of the campaign all the way to the voting booth. There’s even a recount! The cast of characters includes two dogs (and a cat), whose questions and comments mirror those of young readers and help to explain some of an election’s more confusing aspects. Told with clarity and wit in Eileen Christelow’s signature comic-book style and vetted by an expert in voter education, this look at how we choose our leaders turns an often daunting topic into an exciting narrative. Who would have guessed that learning about voting could be so much fun?
A timeline of the history of voting in the United States, a glossary of words associated with voting, a discussion of American political parties, and a list of Internet resources are included.
Eileen Christelow has created numerous fun and funny picture books, including the Five Little Monkeys series, Author, and most recently, Letters from a Desperate Dog. She and her husband, Ahren, live in Vermont. For more information visit www.christelow.com.
"It's hard to imagine a more accessible introduction to voting....whimsical and creative...Vote aye on this one" ALA BOOKLIST, STARRED REVIEW Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"Simple language...color, and humorous subplots make for an appealing introduction to electoral politics...conveys the eye-opening evolution of democracy" KIRKUS REVIEWS Kirkus Reviews
"well-executed...accessible introduction...may well inspire future lever-pulling in the voting booth...a strong kickoff to the 2004 election year." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Publishers Weekly
"solid information...the cartoon cast is animated and committed...useful end matter...an excellent overview of the democratic process." THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"brisk and engaging...explains the whys and wherefores of the voting process...and why it all matters...wise-cracking canines included." THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD The Washington Post
"Colorful, comical illustrations...light, yet informative tone...This accessible and appealing title deserves a place in all collections." SLJ School Library Journal
"Important information about elections is explored with enthusiasm...Christelow walks kids through the process...all to help democracy stay alive." SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE The San Francisco Chronicle