See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House

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Using witty anecdotes and clear explanations, acclaimed writer Susan E. Goodman takes readers from the birth of democracy to the Electoral College; from front porch campaigning to hanging chads. It’s all here, spiced up with Elwood Smith’s witty illustrations, hilarious sidebars, photographs, and solid back matter. It’s a landslide victory: See How They Run stands above the rest as the most accessible, informative, and enjoyable election book on the market.

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Overview

Using witty anecdotes and clear explanations, acclaimed writer Susan E. Goodman takes readers from the birth of democracy to the Electoral College; from front porch campaigning to hanging chads. It’s all here, spiced up with Elwood Smith’s witty illustrations, hilarious sidebars, photographs, and solid back matter. It’s a landslide victory: See How They Run stands above the rest as the most accessible, informative, and enjoyable election book on the market.

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Editorial Reviews

Lisa Von Drasek
Anyone who needs a clear explanation of how a candidate can get the most popular votes and still lose the election should read …The book's archival photos from the Library of Congress, humorous cartoons and informative sidebars hold the reader's attention.
—The Washington Post
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
See How They Run brings playfulness to the political scene with its lively text by Susan Goodman and visually appealing sidebars, presidential portraits and cartoons by Elwood Smith. Short chapters with pithy titles such as "Party Animals" and "Who's Paying the Bills?" catch the attention of young readers and then deliver substantive material on the origin of party mascots and campaign financing, respectively. Did you know that when the opposing party labeled Democrat Andrew Jackson a "jackass," Jackson reacted by putting "a picture of this strong-minded animal on his campaign posters"? What a way to turn derogations to one's advantage! Informative and entertaining, this book more than delivers on the promise of its subtitle "Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House." Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal

Gr 4-7- A lighthearted, fact-filled look at elections in the United States. The engaging conversational narrative and funny cartoons lend appealing irreverence to a topic that can sometimes seem too dry and serious. At the same time, the book covers a lot of ground and introduces concepts and personalities in ways that readers will understand and remember. Coverage includes the electoral college, campaigning, and many other aspects of elections, noting the flaws and absurdities in our system along with the many positive aspects. The text moves deftly back and forth through time within each subject, offering useful and varied historical examples. A section on inaugurations, for example, makes reference to William Henry Harrison's two-hour speech, Bill Clinton's night of dancing, and Andrew Jackson's rowdy White House party. "The Campaign Road" features several amusing instances of varied practices while also providing a cohesive summary of the topic's relevance. Plentiful illustrations utilize humor to demonstrate content, as in the depiction of a man with elongated arms straddling a state line and voting in two states at once. Even the photographs of presidents feature an amusing caption or word balloon. The final chapter addresses the role of kids, offering suggestions for involvement that range from writing letters to "bugging your parents." Informative, entertaining, and timely, this is a fine example of how well-conceived humor can make a potentially complicated topic not only more appealing, but also more comprehensible and even inspiring.-Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR

Kirkus Reviews
Stating that "democracy is a messy business and it's our job to sort it out," Goodman takes a simplified route through the electoral process in this country, with special reference to presidential elections. Her anecdotal history starts with ancient Athens, closes with ways that readers too young to vote (in national elections, at least) can become politically involved and in between covers styles of campaigning, vice presidents, assassinations, dirty tricks, the Electoral College, hanging chads and related topics. Smith's cartoon illustrations crank up the presentation's light tone with comical views of candidates and voters, along with free-association riffs on donkeys vs. elephants, Congress, campaign financing and more. All in all, the team that produced The Truth About Poop (2007) and Gee Whiz! All About Pee (2006) treat their timely and (more or less) new topic with the same engaging informality. Readers will come away a little more informed about how elections work, and perhaps motivated to make their own voices heard. (resource list, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599901718
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of dozens of books for kids, Susan Goodman publishes widely on a variety of topics. She lives in Boston, and teaches at Tufts and Lesley. www.susangoodmanbooks.com

Elwood Smith works and lives in Rhinebeck, New York. His retro style is admired by many. He has illustrated several books for children. www.elwoodsmith.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Great book for kids

    I read this book as part of a pen pal program to promote literacy among at risk children. As an avid follower of politics, I was shocked to find out how many interesting facts were included here! This a great book for kids and parents to read together; you will both learn a lot about our country's political processes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

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    See How They Run is a funny, clever, and very entertaining look at the election process. The author tells so many funny stories from U.S. History--you learn so much! My eight-year-old son can't put it down. It has great illustrations and loads of photographs. Every school library should have a copy.

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