Vote for Me by Ben Clanton
This picture-book look at the campaigning process takes young readers through a comical look at politics. The donkey and elephant represent Democrats and Republicans only superficially. They make no claims that match the party platforms at all. Instead, it is about how cute elephant is, whether you will accept candy or peanuts as a bribe for your vote, and lots of grandstanding. Soon the two are completely at odds with one another and slinging actual mud along with their bitter words. The insults they use are harsh but humorous, just right for the picture book crowd. Soon both of them have said things they regret and they agree to get along. But it just might be too late for either of them to win the election!
This book is not an in-depth look at voting or politics. Instead Clanton has created a light-hearted look at arguments and fighting through the lens of an election. Adults will enjoy the clear ties to modern American elections while children will be engaged by the humor.
The illustrations have a great vintage feel with a modern edge. The pages are dappled like old paper that has just begun to mildew. The two characters show lots of emotion throughout the book and it is clearly conveyed by their body language and facial expressions.
A chance to laugh a bit at the cantankerous campaign ahead of us, this book would work for discussions about arguments as well as a light-hearted look at elections. Appropriate for ages 4-7.
Reviewed from copy received from Kids Can Press.