"What do you want to be when you grow up?" This series for younger readers urges them to "Dream Big!" when answering that frequently asked question. Four glamorous careers are chosen for consideration, focusing mainly on the fun parts, while leaving the more sober details for an afterword. Well, why not? Kids will enjoy romping through an exciting array of experiences, in this volume imagining themselves as President of the United States. (Adults can chuckle at this one, too, as they watch a serious but confident boy president who just happens to be skinny, long-legged, and have ears that stick out.) Enjoying every moment, the President surveys a lavish breakfast at the White House, splashes with his dog in the presidential fountain (wearing his impeccable black suit), signs bills at his Oval Office desk, and rides in Cadillac One accompanied by his towering Secret Service agents in shades. One of the best spreads shows the tuxedoed president entertaining celebrities at dinner in the White House, where they would "eat the most delicious food"—as he nonchalantly twirls spaghetti on his fork. Of course such a charming and self-possessed statesman would love his "very important job as the president of the United States." Dream big! Each colorful oversized volume includes a "How do you get to be . . ." page, a helpful glossary, and a list of several related books. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3–These books are narrated by young protagonists who imagine future glamorous careers and feature cartoon-style illustrations reminiscent of Harry Bliss's work in A Fine, Fine School (HarperCollins). An additional page, “How do you get to be…,” and informative sidebars provide simple facts about job training and education as well as enriching topical information such as the speed of a fastball, what happens in the International Space Station, and the five positions in ballet. A diverse group of girls and boys are depicted at work in all volumes except President. That title is narrated by a boy whose fantasy is more about the perks of the job (getting whatever he wants to eat, splashing in the fountain on the White House lawn) than the responsibilities. Colorful and well designed, the books are sure to be as appealing to children as the careers they describe.
Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)
Meet the Author
Thomas Kingsley Troupe has written more than thirty children's books. His book Legend of the Werewolf (Picture Window Books, 2011) received a bronze medal for the Moonbeam Children's Book Award. Thomas lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with his wife and two young boys.