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*Madam President* by Lane Smith
Also written and/or illustrated by Lane Smith:

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The Big Elephant in the Room

Big Plans

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Madam President
by Lane Smith
Ages 4-8 40 pages Hyperion July 2008 Hardcover    

This book debuted against the backdrop of Barack Obama’s historical run for the White House and following Hillary Clinton’s own historic bid for the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party. In the wake of those twin firsts, it is even easier for a young lady to imagine her own place in history.

In Madam President, bestselling children’s author and illustrator Lane Smith opens a young girl’s mind to a day of presidential decision-making. Although this young lady isn’t president yet, she quickly assumes the role and the duties she supposes come with the territory, including an executive order for more waffles or the very important veto of tuna casserole for lunch. But how does one tiny president handle a disaster area, and will her day ever end?

Sparse on text, much of the humor relies on Smith’s characteristically witty artwork, which makes it seem more appropriate for a younger audience than the one it is billed toward. Madam President is a silly, whimsical look at one girl’s day of make-believe.

If you’re looking for presidential facts or historical antidotes, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Instead, this is a quick and silly read for those who pretend big and dream bigger.

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