Dodger for President

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Overview

What would you do if your best friend was:

     1. Still imaginary (and still an oversize blue chimp with major junk-food issues)?

     2. Nominating you to run for class president – against the most popular kid in your grade?

     3. In charge of your campaign posters . . . all blue, of course, including your face!?

     4. Planning a magical secret weapon to help you win (not fair and square, ...

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Overview

What would you do if your best friend was:

     1. Still imaginary (and still an oversize blue chimp with major junk-food issues)?

     2. Nominating you to run for class president – against the most popular kid in your grade?

     3. In charge of your campaign posters . . . all blue, of course, including your face!?

     4. Planning a magical secret weapon to help you win (not fair and square, right?)?

     5. Driving you crazy?!?!

Now you have an idea of what Willie Ryan’s life is like as his adventures with Dodger continue. The last thing Willie wants to do is run for class president, but both his running mate, Lizzie, and Dodger won’t let him quit – and have their own ideas of how to run a campaign, especially against James Beeks, Mr. Popularity. In this second installment of the Dodger and Me series, the humor runs high, the friendships run deep, and Dodger continues to run on French fries and good intentions.

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Editorial Reviews

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“The outlandish tone should please Dodger’s fans”—Booklist

“Dodger’s silly sense of humor is entertaining, and the situations in which Willie finds himself will have any reader laughing out loud. Willie’s awkward affection for his friend Lizzie is a sweet aside to the story. Reluctant readers will find themselves cheering on Willie and wanting to read more in the series.”—VOYA

VOYA - Victoria Vogel
This book continues the Dodger and Me series about Willie Ryan's imaginary best friend, a large blue chimp with a huge sense of adventure and an affinity for the expression, "Dude!" No one can see oversized Dodger except Willie and his friend Lizzie. After Dodger sneaks into Willie's school on a day he is absent, Willie finds himself signed up to run for fifth grade class president. His rivals, James Beeks and Craig Flynn, are the popular kids in school. As a self-proclaimed geek, he figures he does not have a chance; however, neither James nor Craig has Dodger as a campaign strategist. He has some magical tricks in his bag of bananas, such as a (somewhat) invisible magic carpet that allows them to spy on his running mates and the ability to spontaneously manufacture enough doughnuts to feed a school. Of course, the challenge is allowing Dodger to help without getting Willie into trouble, which always seems to happen. Sonnenblick's delightful fantasy tale about a fifth grader and his imaginary friend is one that younger readers will surely enjoy. Dodger's silly sense of humor is entertaining, and the situations in which Willie finds himself will have any reader laughing out loud. Willie's awkward affection for his friend Lizzie is a sweet aside to the story. Reluctant readers will find themselves cheering on Willie and wanting to read more in the series. Reviewer: Victoria Vogel
Kirkus Reviews
Fifth-grader Willie Ryan makes the mistake of leaving his ex-genie, invisible blue-chimp buddy Dodger unsupervised and ends up having to run for student-council president against ruthless and popular James Beeks. Willie's best human friend, Lizzie (who can also see Dodger), can't keep them out of the election and ends up on the ticket as VP. Dodger's help is usually anything but helpful; to make matters worse, James's VP is class tough-guy Craig, and Willie's second-grader sister Amy is determined to get to the bottom of every strange occurrence. The second in Sonnenblick's short-on-logic, light-on-laughs series will please those who enjoyed the first. Dodger is back with his magic of convenience and his scattershot surfer patois, as is his thesaurus-tongued brother Rodger. None of the characters has much depth or sounds like children from this decade, but Willie's sarcastic narration can be mildly entertaining. An epilogue sets up a third installment, but that doesn't make the lack of a resolution to the election in this installment any more satisfying. A secondary purchase at best. (Fantasy. 7-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312611125
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Series: Dodger and Me Series , #2
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 601,396
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

JORDAN SONNENBLICK is the author of Dodger and Me (Book 1) and Dodger for President (Book 2), both available in paperback from Square Fish. He is also the author of several acclaimed teen novels, including Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. He lives with his family in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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“We didn’t mean it, Willie. It just kind of happened,” Dodger said. “One minute, everything was going great. I drank the potion, pretended to be you for a couple of hours, took that quiz I was telling you about, watched the cake fall on James Beeks—it was all fun and games. Then all of a sudden, everybody was yelling at each other, and I had to stick up for Lizzie. The next thing I knew . . . umm . . . well . . .”
. . . Dodger fled to the inside of his magic lamp for the night, I got ready for bed. While I was lying there in the dark, I kept picturing the whole nightmare classroom scene in my head, and wondering what the heck I was going to do about it. Finally, before I drifted off into a night of nervous, tortured half-sleep, I decided what I would have to do. I’d just get up in the morning, march off to school, and tell Mrs. Starsky that I was sorry, but I couldn’t run for president after all. I mean, Dodger had gotten all worked up in the spirit of the moment and put me in a bad situation. But I had spent years being careful to avoid the spotlight. If I backed down, Beeks would probably make fun of me for a while, but soon things would be back to normal. I would be happily invisible, Beeks would get elected, just like he had every year since kindergarten, and life would go on.
I figured, how hard could it be? It’s not like one day of being absent could change my life forever, right?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    So funny!:)

    I love dodger he is s funny and willie

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Love this author, you have to check out this series

    My son loves these books the author came to his school and he said he was a really nice and funny guy. He wished he had the books so he could sign them. I had to order them asap.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Dodger dodger dodger

    You know dodger but him for president.unuswall .dodger gonna be on the dollar bill!

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    Reviewed by Theresa L. Stowell for TeensReadToo.com

    DODGER FOR PRESIDENT is the entertaining sequel to DODGER AND ME.

    Willie, Lizzie, Dodger, and Willie's new and improved parents continue their antics in this chapter of the story. The problems start when Dodger goes to school disguised as Willie while Willie is on a trip with his father. When Willie comes home, he finds out that Dodger has caused all kinds of problems, not the least of which is getting him nominated for class president.

    Willie, of course, immediately decides that he cannot compete in this election. He changes his mind, however, because James, one of the most popular boys in class and his competition, makes a nasty comment about Lizzie. After confirming his nomination, the game begins.

    Campaign posters appearing for James and his running mate make both Willie and Lizzie look like complete geeks, so Dodger strikes back with his own set of posters - but Dodger's camera, like Dodger, is blue. It only takes blue pictures. Fortunately, Lizzie is smart enough to turn this to their advantage. The hilarity continues as Dodger pulls in brother Rodger to help write speeches, gives Willie an X-shaped bruise in the middle of his forehead, and provides much sage advice to the candidates.

    Meanwhile, Willie's little sister, Amy, has become a Sherlock Holmes clone. Her constant interruptions as she searches for clues about nothing in particular provide a humorous side plot.

    As the competition progresses, the idea that friends are more important than image is reinforced. Willie also learns that popularity does not mean that either James or Craig has everything they want or need. The value of his own loving, stable family is reinforced as he overhears the boys talking about why they need to win.

    Like the first book in the series, DODGER FOR PRESIDENT is definitely worth reading!

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    Posted July 22, 2010

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