Max for President

Max for President written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.  Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.  40 pages.  Publisher recommends for ages 4-8.

It’s time for Max’s class to elect a class president.  Max runs for president. So does Kelly. Both of them make posters, and buttons for their classmates to wear, and they both give speeches in which they make promises.  Kelly wins. Max is sad. The teacher tells Kelly her first job is to pick a vice president who can help her. She asks Max to be her vice president and he agrees. They begin doing things to help the class.

“Max for president” could be read aloud to the youngest children, but the language is basic enough that slightly older children can read the book for themselves.

As Kelly and Max begin working together at the end of the book, there’s an important message about working with the former opposition to bring about a better class environment. Wouldn’t it be nice if real life politicians worked together as Kelly and Max did!

The illustrations are integral to the story.  Blue is the predominant color, with highlights of red and white.

This simple story provides a good introduction to how the election process works.

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