LaRue for Mayor: Letters from the Campaign Trail (Ike LaRue Series)

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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 ...

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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.

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In Detective LaRue, peerless pooch Ike LaRue nearly found himself framed for catnapping. In LaRue for Mayor, he's on the receiving end of a hard-line politician's plot for rein in fun-loving dogs. Rendered through letters and local newshound reports, this "documentary account" recaps the entire brouhaha in a kid-pleasing way. A landslide victory for the dog next door.
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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. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Only an illustrator of Teague's talent could make a bunch of dogs smile with such obvious glee at the antics of the irrepressible leader of their pack. Oh, they call themselves a "social club" but we know the truth about Ike LaRue and his friends. Because Mrs. Larue, Ike's owner, has been injured, Ike is once again on his own. Mrs. Larue is taken to the hospital after a hot dog cart overturns during a political rally where Hugo Bugwort announces his candidacy for mayor of Snort City. Readers know what causes the cart to overturn but Ike says "who knew that hot dog carts were so unstable." We see the story unfold in both black-and-white renderings and boldly colored illustrations, along with the cards and letters Ike sends to Mrs. LaRue in the hospital. Each vignette reveals a bit of the action, but the reader must determine what is actually true. Just as in a real campaign, not everything is exactly as it is reported in the media or in Ike's messages. Readers will delight in knowing more than Mrs. LaRue or even Hugo Bugwort. After a number of nefarious campaign tactics, Ike manages to be in just the right spot (inside Ding-A-Ling's ice cream truck) to rescue Bugwort after his collapse at a campaign rally. Bugwort decides that dogs are not so bad and Ike decides that he will accept Bugwort's offer to serve as Assistant Mayor. Readers/listeners will see how candidates tell the public what they want to hear and how campaign posters sprout around a city, while laughing out loud over the silly things that the dogs do to discourage votes for Bugwort—drawing mustaches on Bugwort's posters is the least of their pranks. This clever, humorous story will be enjoyed as a class read-aloud, aone-on-one sharing, or by a precocious young reader. Teachers will be grateful to have it as part of their repertoire while teaching about elections—local or presidential. Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
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Gr 1-4- In this election-year addition to his "LaRue" series, Teague pits the clever canine Ike against the "Law and Order" mayoral candidate, Hugo Bugwort. Using a prose collage of newspaper articles from the Snort City Register/Gazette and Ike's slightly slanted letters to his human, a hospitalized Mrs. LaRue (who was injured when a food cart was knocked over by on-the-loose dogs), the story follows unsupervised LaRue's exploits as he steals hot dogs, sausages, and ice cream, and Bugwort's increasingly angry responses as reported in the paper. "'This town is literally going to the dogs,' said the man. 'I intend to stop it.'" LaRue decides to enter the campaign, beginning by sabotaging the candidate and, in an amusing twist, ultimately rescues him and reverses his opinions about Snort City's canine menace. Teague's bold, colorful illustrations feature comical characters and lots of detail.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI

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Giving fans even more reason to "Like Ike"-the dog, that is-Teague pits his irrepressible, letter-writing canine against "Law and Order" candidate Hugo Bugwort in a race for Mayor of Snort City. Expressing righteous indignation at Bugwort's resolute anti-dog stance, Ike (figuratively) throws his hat into the ring, and proceeds to report back to his laid-up owner Mrs. LaRue on his "dignified," issue-based campaign. The pictures tell a somewhat different story than the all-letters-and-news-items text, showing Ike and a gang of doggy buddies creating chaos at Bugwort's public appearances, defacing his posters ("Vote Sniff Bugwort For A Strong Snort City Odor"), plastering the neighborhood with "LaRue" stickers and staging raids on hot dog carts and ice-cream trucks. In the end a bit of heroic behavior from Ike earns an about-face from Bugwort and an offer to be Assistant Mayor. But, as a final picture hints, the mischievous pooch's political career may just be getting under way. Though less an election-year primer than a tale for dog lovers of every breed, this merits a spot alongside Doreen Cronin's wickedly satiric Duck For President, illustrated by Betsy Lewin (2004) as a waggish take on the theme. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439783156
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: LaRue Books Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.54 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Teague

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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