Synopses & Reviews
Hey, you Yes, you with the dazzling smile The donkey wants your vote. So does the elephant. And each will do just about anything to win your support. Brag? Sure Flatter? Absolutely Exaggerate, name-call, make silly promises and generally act childish? Yes, yes, yes and yes. Soon, the tension mounts, and these two quarrelsome candidates resort to slinging mud (literally) and flinging insults. And what happens when the election results are in? Well, let's just say the donkey and the elephant are in for a little surprise -- and a certain bewhiskered, third-party candidate is in for a first term. Vote for Me is a timely satire of American politics, but it's a story readers of all nationalities and ages will recognize. Comical, retro illustrations (in shades of blue and red, of course) are completely winning, and the duelling duo's insult-laden exchanges promise to have readers laughing out loud.
"It's a big election year, and Elephant and Donkey are pandering for votes. 'Hey you! Yes, you with the great hair and that dazzling smile,' says Donkey. 'f you pick me, I'll give you peanuts!' promises Elephant. But it doesn't take long for the candidates to forget about the voters and turn on each other ('Elephants don't stink!' 'Well, you certainly do, you big, stinky pooper scooper'), resulting in both figurative and literal mudslinging. Unlike some grown-up candidates, Elephant and Donkey repair their friendship just in time to realize that the voters have already moved on. First-time author Clanton renders his battling duo in the pencil-like grays and blacks of classic editorial cartoons (Donkey almost always appears on the left against a blue background, while Elephant is on the right against red). Even readers unfamiliar with the political process will understand the demands being made on their loyalty. For children getting their first taste of presidential politics in 2012, this is a worthwhile testimony to the current state of political discourse. Ages 4 8. Agent: Marietta Zacker, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.