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. Volume XVIII Number 37. . . .May 25, 2012
While Vote for Me! has garnered many positive reviews, I am not sold on it. This book, a satire of politics, is one that could enhance or illustrate discussions of political elections, but many of the references in this book are American. Also, the use of red, white and blue throughout the book points to American roots.
In this 'election,' Elephant and Donkey each represent a different party and are vying for 'your' (the reader's) vote. Each character addresses the reader directly in between addressing each other. The book opens with Donkey appealing to the reader's pride through flattery: "Hey you! Yes, YOU with the great hair and that dazzling smile." Then Elephant counters by saying you are too smart to listen to Donkey. The characters then each try to get your attention, and your vote, by resorting to all the tricks we see in real-life politics --- use of statistics, bragging, bribery (with candy and peanuts), insults, claims to family ties with you, the reader, and literal and figurative mud-slinging.
Recommended with reservations.
Karyn Miehl, a mother of two and a secondary school English teacher, lives in Kingsville, ON.
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