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Vote for Me! (edition 2012)

by Ben Clanton, Ben Clanton (Illustrator)

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Title:Vote for Me!
Authors:Ben Clanton
Other authors:Ben Clanton (Illustrator)
Info:Kids Can Press, Ltd. (2012), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:E Books
Rating:****
Tags:Voting, Elections, Humorous, Storytime: No

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Vote for ME! by Benjamin Clanton is an extremely funny take on political parties and voting. Both parties list reasons why the reader should vote for them. Most of the reasons are nonsensical reasons and bribes. This book is very kid friendly. I would read this book to elementary school students when discussing elections and understanding them. I think this book is a gateway into a discussion about politics and character. ( )
  Nijania | Nov 24, 2014 |
A donkey and an elephant are naming reasons why people should vote for them, but its for reasons like "because I'm super cute." They end up settling their differences, but in end. it's the independent mouse who wins.
  SRThompson | Nov 18, 2014 |
Donkey and Elephant want YOU to vote, well vote for one of them. But, which one? Well of course Donkey says you should vote for him because he's number one, gives his voters lollipops, wears clean underwear, and of course because he says elephants are stinky. Elephant disagrees! Elephant says you should vote for him because he's a super cute elephant and he'll give you peanuts. Despite their many differences, and the fact that they get into a mud fight, Elephant and Donkey end up becoming great friends. However, neither of them win the election, the Independent Mouse wins!
This is a sweet and simple book giving children a fun look into politics. I would love to share this with my future students around Election time. ( )
  SMLawrence | Nov 10, 2014 |
Funny spoof of American politics. Our politicians do seem to act as juvenile and ridiculous as the donkey and the elephant in this story. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Clanton, Ben. Vote for Me! Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press Ltd., 2012

Characters: Elephant; Donkey; Independent Mouse

Setting: Not applicable

Theme: politics; elections; two-party systems

Genre: Children’s fiction; picturebook

Golden Quote: Donkey: “Not to change the subject, BUT I’ve got a question I’ve been meaning to ask you. Do you like CANDY? Because if you vote for ME, I’ll give you a sucker!” Elephant: You ARE a SUCKER if you vote for HIM. Besides, if you PICK ME, I’ll give you PEANUTS!”

Summary: A satire of American politics finds a donkey and an elephant resorting to just about anything to garner votes, and after all the mud-slinging is done and the votes are tallied, they are both quite surprised by the results.

Audience: Children grades 2 and up (8 years and up)

Curriculum ties: social science content area- how elections work; strategies politicians use to persuade voters; function of two-party systems; compare and contrast US government to other governments in the world; history content area- ties to American history and history of elections; American presidents past and present; language arts content area- persuasive speech, satirical literature and writing; puns; irony

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Personal response: Vote for Me! is as crafty as it is basic in its message – politics can be a pretty messy business. While almost a seemingly “realistic” perspective on American politics, Ben Clanton provides a humorous outlook into the petty and ridiculous claims politicians sometimes make to get elected. Donkey and Elephant plead and beg the reader (the voter) to make the right choice without providing any real tangible evidence as to why they deserve to win over the other. The two candidates banter back and forth, insulting each other, making empty promises, and even resort to slinging mud at each other before apologizing to each other for their terrible actions. Because they are so consumed with just trying to get elected, they are completely blindsided by their third opponent, Independent Mouse, who wins the election to become the “Big Cheese”. Perhaps the best part of the story is the very end when they can’t seem to figure out what went wrong in the campaign and, in their moment of desperation, try to get the reader to make a choice even after it is too late. This book would be a great introduction to the American political system for middle to upper elementary students; leading to meaningful discussions on the strengths and weaknesses of our two party system. ( )
  Angie.Patterson | Feb 22, 2013 |
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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 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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A satire of American politics finds a donkey and an elephant resorting to just about anything to garner votes, and after all the mud-slinging is done and the votes are tallied, they are both quite surprised by the results.

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