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Madam Presidentby Lane Smith
Saturday, July 04, 2015 11:00 AM
Powell's City of Books on Burnside, Portland, OR
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Madam President by Lane Smith.
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A little girl imagines what her day would be like if she were Madam President. There would be executive orders to give, babies to kiss, tuna casseroles to veto (or VETO!) and so much more! Not to mention that recess would definitely require more security.
With deadpan wit and hilarious illustrations, best-selling picture book creator Lane Smith introduces readers to an unforgettable new character.
"Madam President" is a clever picture book portrait of a little girl who fantasizes about what it would be like to be president. Attired in a navy pinstripe pantsuit, she blithely floats through her school day giving executive orders — "More waffles, please" — negotiating a treaty between a cat and dog, and naming her cabinet from an assortment of pets and playthings. The girl's deadpan declarations... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review) — "A president has special privileges. One word: Veto!" — perfectly balance Smith's animated cartoon art. The illustrations are packed with visual jokes, as when a tiny Secret Service kitty, complete with dark glasses, peers out from a double-page spread. Lisa Von Drasek is the children's librarian of the Bank Street College of Education. She teaches children's literature in addition to reviewing children's books. Reviewed by Lisa Von Drasek, Washington Post Book World (Copyright 2006 Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group)
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About the Author
Lane Smith is a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator for The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. His latest book, John, Paul, George and Ben, received countless honors, including three starred reviews, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and Child Magazine and Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year.
Lane's collaborations with Jon Scieszka include the seminal children's book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, as well as Math Curse, Science Verse, and many more. Lane lives in Connecticut.
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