Vote for Me!

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Hey, you! Yes, you with the dazzling smile! The donkey wants your vote. So does the elephant. And each will do just about anything to win your support. Brag? Sure! Flatter? Absolutely! Exaggerate, name-call, make silly promises and generally act childish? Yes, yes, yes and yes. Soon, the tension mounts, and these two quarrelsome candidates resort to slinging mud (literally) and flinging insults. And what happens when the election results are in? Well, let's just say the donkey and the elephant are in for a little...
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Overview

Hey, you! Yes, you with the dazzling smile! The donkey wants your vote. So does the elephant. And each will do just about anything to win your support. Brag? Sure! Flatter? Absolutely! Exaggerate, name-call, make silly promises and generally act childish? Yes, yes, yes and yes. Soon, the tension mounts, and these two quarrelsome candidates resort to slinging mud (literally) and flinging insults. And what happens when the election results are in? Well, let's just say the donkey and the elephant are in for a little surprise -- and a certain bewhiskered, third-party candidate is in for a first term. Vote for Me! is a timely satire of American politics, but it's a story readers of all nationalities and ages will recognize. Comical, retro illustrations (in shades of blue and red, of course) are completely winning, and the duelling duo's insult-laden exchanges promise to have readers laughing out loud.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It’s a big election year, and Elephant and Donkey are pandering for votes. “Hey you! Yes, you with the great hair and that dazzling smile,” says Donkey. “f you pick me, I’ll give you peanuts!” promises Elephant. But it doesn’t take long for the candidates to forget about the voters and turn on each other (“Elephants don’t stink!” “Well, you certainly do, you big, stinky pooper scooper”), resulting in both figurative and literal mudslinging. Unlike some grown-up candidates, Elephant and Donkey repair their friendship—just in time to realize that the voters have already moved on. First-time author Clanton renders his battling duo in the pencil-like grays and blacks of classic editorial cartoons (Donkey almost always appears on the left against a blue background, while Elephant is on the right against red). Even readers unfamiliar with the political process will understand the demands being made on their loyalty. For children getting their first taste of presidential politics in 2012, this is a worthwhile testimony to the current state of political discourse. Ages 4–8. Agent: Marietta Zacker, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Timed perfectly to highlight the shenanigans that surround political campaigns, this tongue in cheek treatment of the race between Donkey and Elephant will delight youngsters with simple drawings that evolve from calmly stated—although bogus—reasons for voting for each candidate, to shouting matches, to real mud-slinging fights. Potential voters are enticed with offers of candy and peanuts, far-fetched connections to distant relatives, and questionable "poll" results. "Booger-breath" and "smellypants" are only two of the names hurled between challengers as the fight for votes escalates. Feelings are hurt, friends are reconciled, and ultimately the third party independent Mouse is elected—to the surprise of Donkey and Elephant. Although there is not a great-deal of stand-alone value to this book, it would serve as a short entertaining read-aloud candidate to introduce more serious conversations about the behaviors and claims observed in the ubiquitous news coverage of the run-up to the presidential election. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Donkey and Elephant will stop at nothing to win readers' votes. Their tactics include smarmy compliments ("YOU with the great hair and that dazzling smile"), shameless self-flattery ("How can you NOT vote for someone as adorable as me?"), and even bribes of candy and peanuts. The campaign soon degenerates, and insults such as "pooper scooper," "BOOGER-BREATH," and "SMELLYPANTS" are flung, along with mud. The candidates apologize to each other, but both are shocked when an "independent mouse" becomes the "Big Cheese." Clanton's pencil and watercolor cartoon illustrations appear on red and blue pages and humorously capture the nuances of the candidates' expressions as they try to manipulate the electorate. Readers too young to vote will still recognize the pitfalls of bad behavior in this satire of unsavory political practices.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
What does it say that the nature and quality of our national political debate should be so baldly captured in a book for 4-year-olds? Newcomer Clanton's candidates are a donkey and an elephant, economically if emotively drawn on fields of blue and red. Yes, we know who these characters are, even more so when they start to address the reader, aka the potential voter. First come the soft sell, the loopy promises and idle boasts--"Do you like CANDY?" "I'm a SUPER CUTE elephant!"--then come the ad hominem attacks: "Well, you certainly do, you big, STINKY pooper scooper," or, drawing from Spiro Agnew's playbook, "belching beast of burden." Finally, they sling enough mud that the electorate takes its business elsewhere. It is a painful point well made, that these candidates are laughable when not plain embarrassing. But even if the name-calling has a measure of low humor at first, it soon pales--something that Clanton's book threatens to do before its neat twist--in direct proportion to its sustenance on either the entertainment or intellectual front, as any 4-year-old will tell you. Read it with Eileen Christelow's splendid Vote! (2003) if you want that 4-year-old to actually learn anything, though. An ever-timely message, told in (two) primary colors. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554538225
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 498,205
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Clanton is an up-and-coming author-illustrator from Seattle who describes himself as a "story scribbler, picture squiggler, book aficionado, child advocate, dragon tamer and avid sock wearer." Vote for Me! is the first book he has both written and illustrated.

Ben Clanton is an up-and-coming author-illustrator from Seattle who describes himself as a "story scribbler, picture squiggler, book aficionado, child advocate, dragon tamer and avid sock wearer." Vote for Me! is the first book he has both written and illustrated.

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