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Bad Kitty for President

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Smart, savvy civics lesson served with lots of laughs.

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Bad Kitty is expertly used here to humorously illustrate the best and worst of the American election process.

The idea of democratically electing a president is easy enough for a young child to understand -- but the actual mechanics of the process are much harder to grasp. Bad Kitty is certainly true to her moniker: She's selfish, devious, rude, and petty. (Insert your own joke about politicians here.)

Nick Bruel, author-illustrator of seven previous bad Kitty books, including A Bad Kitty Christmas, presents a nice piece of political humor built on the metaphorical race to lead the Neighborhood Cat Club. Kids will be so tickled by Kitty's antics -- she mistakes the idea of a "grassroots campaign" to mean she should use a lawn as a litter box, for example, and a video of her going "nutso" goes viral on "VueTube" -- that they'll sail through a complex discussion of American politics. Unlike more idealistic introductions to civics, this slim volume manages to equip kids with the know-how to be savvy participants in the democratic process. Bruel's winning illustrations add to the fun.

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