Thursday, April 3, 2008

LaRue for Mayor: Letters from the Campaign Trail


LARUE FOR MAYOR; Mark Teague; New York: Blue Sky Press, 2008, unpaged. Picture Book
Mrs. LaRue's irrepresible dog Ike is back and in trouble as he and some of his doggy friends upset a hotdog cart at a campaign rally, sending Mrs. LaRue to the hospital. In his usual thoughtful fashion, Ike keeps Mrs. LaRue posted by post--his letters detail the noxious campaign of Hugo Bugwort, who vows to rid the city of its dog problems--a ball stolen during a baseball game, campaign signs vandalized, and Rocky Road ice cream stolen from Mr. Ding-a-Ling's truck. Ike's decision to run for mayor representing the pro-dog faction leads to a meeting of minds and a happy resolution for all (except Snort City's cats). Teague's delightful side-by-sides of the truth, and the truth as Ike sees it, should tickle young readers.

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