Book of the Week: Madam President

Book of the Week, Children's

Madam President by Lane Smith


Published: 2008 by Hyperion Book CH

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

I love how Madam President reads up on all the presidents that were in office before she was.

Presidents are very busy … busy reading in bed that is!

Executive orders are really breakfast orders.  Waffles please!

Daily briefs is just a fancy name for to-do lists.

Kissing babies, as Madam President points out, is a VERY important part of the job.

And I love how the baby is waving a tiny American flag.

Madam President excels at bring peace – between cats and dogs that is!

Madam President has a secretary for EVERYTHING!

The list of secretaries:  Secretary of State (in the shape of Texas), Secretary of Treasury (a pink piggy bank), Secretary of Agriculture (Mr. Potato Head), Secretary of the Interior (the human skeleton), Secretary of Fantasy (a rainbow color unicorn – obviously!), Secretary of Defense (a card displaying a soldier), Secretary of Pizza (a pizza chef – I think ALL Presidents need a Secretary of Pizza), Secretary of Energy (a smiley face lamp), Secretary of Naps (a sleeping sock monkey), Secretary of Education (a very wise looking owl), Secretary of Pets Who Should Be in Their Cages (a small bird), Secretary of Soccer (a soccer ball sporting a cowboy hat), Secretary of Transportation (a toy duck on wheels), Secretary of Health (a stuffed animal dressed as a doctor), Secretary of Undersea Exploration (a gold fish), Secretary of Dance (a ballerina twirling inside a jewelry box), and the Secretary of Secretaries (a small, red typewriter).

Our Madam President really does capture all the qualities of a President: she’s a commander, she’s fearless, and a BIG CHEESE!

Her pet cat is her secret service agent! And yes, he’s wearing a pair of black shades! Men in Black style!

I love how this book shows that a President’s work is never really done.

I feel like this book really did touch upon all the important aspects of a President’s life.

The illustrations were simply charming. In fact they are the reasons why I picked this book up, and checked it out from the library.

The writing was really strong, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. I really liked, and appreciated that aspect. Young readers too will appreciate this aspect.

I think this would be a great book to introduce what/who a President is and does.

I love the red, white, and blue color scheme that runs throughout the entire book. It’s a patriotic touch that does not go unnoticed.