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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...
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.
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.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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, WICopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.