40 pages, 10.88 × 8.88 × 0.38 in
July 29, 2008
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1423108469
ISBN - 13: 9781423108467
From the Publisher
A little girl imagines what her day would be like if she wereMadam President. There would be executive orders to give, babies to kiss, tuna casseroles to veto (orVETO!) and so much more! Not to mention that recess would definitely require more security.
With deadpan wit and hilarious illustrations, best-selling picture book creator Lane Smith introduces readers to an unforgettable new character.
About the Author
Lane Smith is a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator forThe Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. His latest book,John, Paul, George & Ben, received countless honors, including three starred reviews, aNew York TimesBest Illustrated Book of the Year, aPublishers WeeklyBest Book of the Year, andChildMagazine andParentingMagazine Best Book of the Year.
A deadpan text outlines a president's extensive duties, while Madam-a ponytailed girl in a snappy pin-striped pantsuit-trips through an exhausting day, bestowing small American flags as she goes. Smith's illustrations combine cartoonish figures, mod interiors and stylized landscapes a-swirl with fall leaves. A whimsical double-page spread proclaiming "A president must choose a capable cabinet" pairs toys with their official titles: Mr. Potato Head is Secretary of Agriculture, for instance, and a winged unicorn is "Secretary of Fantasy." Such retro elements as a deck of Old Maid cards and a Ruth Buzzi button will tickle adults, as might a Duck Soup derived reference to "[t]he ambassador of Freedonia." Children can squint at the spines of Madam Prez's library (which leans to American history) and spot scores of visuals signaling her obsession (presidential busts, a pet cat doubling as a Secret Service agent). Though the Oval Office here is no more than a messy bedroom, this funny romp lightly delivers a hefty message for today's girls: The White House is yours for the taking.-Kirkus