Saturday, November 10, 2012

Cat or Dog for President by Julia Dweck

Title: Cat or Dog for President
Author: Julia Dweck
Publication Date: October 29, 2012
Length: 17 pages

Cat or Dog for President is a children's story, told from the point of view of a kid who wonders who would win if their dog and cat ran for president. We see the various qualities of each of them, and how they would run their campaigns. Even when they fight a little dirty, they're a lot better than real life politicians!

I don't know if it's intended, or if this is just me, but I definitely felt like the dog was the Democrat and the cat was the Republican. While the cat was setting traps to catch rats and stop crime, the dog was making sure everyone got treats. (I'm a left-wing dog lover, so that may have coloured my reading!)

I think this story would be great for any little kid (especially American ones, obviously). It's a cute story that can be understood even by kids too young to understand the real election. And it has a nicer message than the real election, too: that things will be best if we all get along and work together!

Also, the illustrations, done by Bill Bruning, are great. The pictures are bright and colourful, with lots going on. The cat and dog are cartoonish, with large features, and really jump off the page.

4 stars.

Full disclosure: Free copy received from the author.

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