Published July 12th 2016 by HarperCollins
Buddy is the best dog in the whole world. That’s why his boy, Hunter, thinks he should be our next president! He loves the great outdoors, he believes in sharing and helping others, and he’s a natural-born leader. He has everything you’d want in a great president. So vote for Buddy!
On the one hand, it’s a fun look at the election process and how a candidate – albeit, a canine one in this case – can generate excitement and change for the world.
Once our narrator informs us that Buddy should run, he spins a convincing, funny world where he details Buddy’s good attributes and canine-orientated platform. But said narrator also shows us, quite poignantly, a world that is literally altered, due to Buddy’s individual choices.
Other canines are willing to run for office now, and the world on a whole, is more accepting of canine candidates. Though this metamorphosis is shared in short, zippy sentences, it’s actually a poignant reminder of how one single candidate can set up a domino effect of wonderful change.
It’s a brilliant way of generating excitement for the electoral process, and sure to inspire (and intrigue) a lot of younger readers, who are just starting to learn about voting, and what it takes to be president.
For the older readers though, Buddy for President can be read as an amusing allegory on the idea that the two-party system will forever lead to the need to choose one side over the other, and it’s an imperfect system. Buddy has a surprising, though not wholly unexpected opponent at the end, and it’s presented in a way that really stresses it’s one side or the other.
I was intensely amused by this set up as an older reader, and I can only imagine that other older readers will likely feel the same.
Between the fun storytelling, zippy sentences and bold watercolor art, this book is a surefire hit.
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About the author:
Hans Wilhelm is one of America’s foremost author-illustrators of children’s books, with over 42 million books in print. Many of his books have been translated into more than thirty languages and have become successful animated television series that are enjoyed by children all over the world.
His books have won numerous international awards and prizes, and his work can be found in leading collections and museums across America. Hans was born in Germany and lived for many years in Africa before coming to America. He now lives in Connecticut in an old farmhouse where a converted horse stable serves as his studio.
Please visit Hans Wilhelm’s website, www.hanswilhelm.com.