President Squid
President Squid
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Annotation: A giant squid decides that he has the right stuff to be President Squid.
Catalog Number: #5983297
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Illustrator: Varon, Sara,
Pages: 44
Availability: Indefinitely Out of Stock
ISBN: 1-452-13647-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-452-13647-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2014022142
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
You might not expect a hot-pink squid to be a likely candidate for president, especially since this squid seems to possess very few qualifications for governance. Sure, he wears a tie, has a huge house, and does a lot of bossy talking, but even young readers d certainly Squid's undersea neighbors cognize that these are not very good reasons to elect a person (or cephalopod) president. But when he puts all his effort (and all his legs) into doing a good deed for a stranger, he learns that "helping people . . . is very presidential." As an added bonus for grown-up readers, President Squid's egotistical bombast can be read as a satirical take on real-life candidates with little political experience. Varon's fun, cartoony illustrations keep things lighthearted, especially Squid, whose misguided self-aggrandizement is mitigated by his goggle-eyed, waggle-armed, enthusiastic demeanor. Great for an election year or an undersea storytime, this would be a good pairing for Jon Klassen's similarly droll This Is Not My Hat (2012).
Horn Book
A blowhard hot-pink squid shares with readers his qualifications for becoming president; they include having a big house and being famous ("I even have a book named after me! / You're reading it right now!"). Timed just right, given the election year, this book, illustrated with loud, cartoony art that suits its subject, will crack up readers of all ages.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3&12; Squid realizes something very important&12;no giant squid has ever been president. He decides he will be the first one. After all, he has the right qualities for the office. Presidents wear ties, and he looks fabulous in a tie. Presidents have enormous houses, and his is "absolutely TITANIC!" He's also famous, is great at doing all the talking, and is big and bossy. But when he takes his presidency a bit too seriously, it is a little guy who shows him what being presidential is all about. This witty tale of an ego-driven squid who thinks the presidency is all about being the boss is pure satire, ripe for an election year. Varon's mixed-media cartoon art provides a colorful underwater locale complete with its own Mount Rushmore, sunken cruise ship, and array of quirky sea creatures. Large, bold typeface provides early readers opportunities to engage with the text, and the book would make an enjoyable read-aloud. VERDICT An amusing addition to most collections and a great discussion starter about leadership and politics.&12; Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH
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Word Count: 630
Reading Level: 2.3
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 186147 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 480L
Guided Reading Level: N
Fountas & Pinnell: N

Join Aaron Reynolds and Sara Varon as they explore the ideal qualities of leaders, diplomats...and giant squid. Squid knows all about being president. It means living in a big house, doing all the talking—oh, and having a tie is crucial. He's all set! In the next election, make a more informed choice. Vote for President Squid!

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