Election Time! Rory isn’t the first person you’d think to vote in for Prime Minister (I mean he bites people on the butt!). He goes for candidacy he is faced with going head-to-head with Debra-Jo for the top job.
Title: A Little Election
Author: Danny Katz
Illustrator: Mitch Vane
ISBN: 9781922179654 Language: English
Themes: civics – voting, democracy, Australia
What’s it about?
This is the story of Rory who decides one day he is going to be Prime Minister (even though he has a booger hanging out of his nose and bites people on the butt). His teacher calmly explains to him that you can’t just decide to be Prime Minister – that an election needs to be held. Up steps Debra-Jo who also wants to be Prime Minister and the process begins.
This is a humorous look at what can be an extremely dull and uninteresting topic (to me at least). It is funny, engaging and students can relate to the characters. It has fantastic illustrations that really do speak as loudly as the text itself.
Hmmm – Rory likes to pee in the swimming pool? Bite butts? Nothing really to be concerned with here!
I purchased this book as I was desperate for a new way to choose the school representative council (SRC) representatives. Plus with the new Civics and Citizenship strand in the Australian Curriculum (and I had year 3s that year) I needed something!
I was not disappointed at all by the book and my students had a blast reading it and completing activities. I must say that I also had a record number of students write speeches for the role of SRC and they even chose well! Politics, democracy, government – it can all be rather boring at times but this book can catch the interest of even the more disengaged student.
The characters are very age-appropriate (okay, I don’t know many kids that actually bite others on the butt – but you know, there’s always that one kid). The discussion that is led by the teacher likewise is very much what you might hear in a standard classroom. These elements make the book very easy for students to make text-world connections.
An added bonus would be to use this book to prepare the class for an upcoming election. Overall, this book would appeal to a range of ages and if you teach students with learning needs in high school – then this might be a book to use to get the main points across.