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Larue for Mayor: Letters from the Campaignby Mark Teague
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Canine everyman Ike LaRue returns to take on the political machine in this gleeful tale, the third of Mark Teague's best selling, award winning DEAR MRS. LARUE series.
Ike finds his civil liberties at risk when Hugo Bugwort, the hard line mayoral candidate, promises to crack down on free-roaming, fun-loving dogs. As the anti-dog rhetoric escalates, Ike is compelled to join the political fray and run for mayor himself. Bugwort rethinks his pooch-policies when Ike selflessly helps rescue him after he collapses at a campaign rally. Told through letters to Mrs. LaRue and local newspaper accounts, Mark Teague delivers another excellent execution of split-screen visuals and uproarious escapades of the unforgettable Ike.
"It may be a presidential election year, but for Ike, Teague's (Dear Mrs. LaRue) letter-writing, louche canine hero, all politics is local. The police chief of Snort City is running for mayor on a law-and-order, antidog platform, and with Mrs. LaRue laid up in the hospital (she inadvertently got between Ike's gang and a hot dog cart) it's up to Ike to counter with his own vision of change and hope — at least, that's his story in his letters to Mrs. LaRue, and he's sticking to it. As in the previous Ike books, black-and-white images depict Ike's considerably cleansed version of events, while full-color pictures on the same spread counter with the real story — which in this case is one of dirty tricks and scandalous behavior. The pictures aren't as visually sly as Teague's previous work in the series, but perhaps slapstick is the more befitting aesthetic, given the topic. The writing is as sharp and satiric as ever — in fact, Ike's mixture of self-pity and self-aggrandizement seem ripped from the headlines. 'We will do our best to keep the campaign positive,' the candidate dog pledges to his incapacitated owner, 'though I can't speak for my opponent, who appears to be vicious and unstable, if not insane.' Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Mark Teague is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator whose books include the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling How Do Dinosaurs... series, the LaRue series, FIREHOUSE!, FUNNY FARM, and many other humorous picture books. Mark lives in New York state with his wife and their two daughters.
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