I wasn’t entirely sure about a picture book about The Election when I spotted the opportunity to review this book. I always think it’s a lot more interesting to have a fun book that’s a bit fantastical, but N does seem to relate well to factual books.
The Fisherton Press book is written by Eleanor Levenson, and illustrated by Marek Jagucki. It doesn’t feel as glossy in texture compared to many picture books we’re used to reading, but that doesn’t worry N. When I suggested we read the book, he was happy to try it out at the first time of asking.
The aim of the book is to be the first introduction to an election and politics for young children ahead of the 2015 General Election. It certainly does that telling the story of Alex’s family who backs the Stripy party, and his neighbour Evie, whose family supports the Spotty party. It takes the story through the families handing out leaflets, canvassing for votes down the street, and then voting. Oh and not forgetting the disappointment for one family. It also explains what a party does, about promoting their policies and ideas on how the country should be run.
Everything is explained is straightforward language, and you see some of the competition between the two friends, but all very friendly and light hearted. No trashing the other party’s ideas like you might hear in a real life election period.
N seemed quite interested as we read through the story although he didn’t ask any questions. I was astounded though that he chose to read it the next day as well. Usually a new book takes a while to be read and reread. The second time I asked him if he remembered what it was about and he did remember.
I think all children to have an understanding of what an election is about, the same as I believe everyone should make the effort to vote, so The Election book does exactly what it says on the tin, talking about elections in simple language.
If you’d like to buy the book, it’s available to order now from Amazon (my affiliate link’s below).
However, I’m also giving away a one book as a prize to one of my readers, so if you’d like to enter, please leave a comment with the answer to the question, then enter via the rafflecopter widget.
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2. Giveaway closes 11.59pm 28th January 2015
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4. There is 1 prize of The Election picture book
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Disclosure: We were sent a copy of the book for review. All opinions and words are my own.