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The Resource LaRue for mayor : letters from the campaign trail, written and illustrated by Mark Teague

LaRue for mayor : letters from the campaign trail, written and illustrated by Mark Teague

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LaRue for mayor : letters from the campaign trail
Title
LaRue for mayor
Title remainder
letters from the campaign trail
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written and illustrated by Mark Teague
Title variation
Letters from the campaign trail
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Language
eng
Summary
With Mrs. LaRue injured and in the hospital, Ike decides to uphold justice and take the laws of Snort City into his own paws
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  • K-Gr. 3 That rascally pup Ike LaRue is back, and running for mayor in an installment well timed for the election season. After a series of dog-related incidents, the current mayoral candidate, Hugo Bugwort, promises to "crack down on the beasts." Alarmed by Bugwort's platform, LaRue begins by writing a letter to the editor ("I must decry the wave of anti-dog hysteria sweeping over our city"), but quickly decides that the dogs need representation. As in his other LaRue books, Teague juxtaposes letters from his canine hero with scenes that highlight the difference between reality, shown in full color, and LaRue's own fictions, shown in black and white; impartial articles from the city newspaper add yet another ironic layer. Despite LaRue's big talk about positive campaigning, his strategy hinges on rudely defacing Bugwort's signs and other smear tactics. Their adversarial relationship ends when LaRue aids Bugwort after the latter collapses at a rally. Kids will get a kick out of LaRue's unrepentant mischief, while adults will chuckle over nods to real-world presidential campaigns. -- Hutley, Krista (Reviewed 12-15-2007) (Booklist, vol 104, number 8, p50)
  • Gr 1–4— In this election-year addition to his "LaRue" series, Teague pits the clever canine Ike against the "Law and Order" mayoral candidate, Hugo Bugwort. Using a prose collage of newspaper articles from the Snort City Register/Gazette and Ike's slightly slanted letters to his human, a hospitalized Mrs. LaRue (who was injured when a food cart was knocked over by on-the-loose dogs), the story follows unsupervised LaRue's exploits as he steals hot dogs, sausages, and ice cream, and Bugwort's increasingly angry responses as reported in the paper. "'This town is literally going to the dogs,' said the man. 'I intend to stop it.'" LaRue decides to enter the campaign, beginning by sabotaging the candidate and, in an amusing twist, ultimately rescues him and reverses his opinions about Snort City's canine menace. Teague's bold, colorful illustrations feature comical characters and lots of detail.—Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI --Lee Bock (Reviewed March 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 3, p178)
  • /* Starred Review */ It may be a presidential election year, but for Ike, Teague's (Dear Mrs. LaRue ) letter-writing, louche canine hero, all politics is local. The police chief of Snort City is running for mayor on a law-and-order, antidog platform, and with Mrs. LaRue laid up in the hospital (she inadvertently got between Ike's gang and a hot dog cart) it's up to Ike to counter with his own vision of change and hope—at least, that's his story in his letters to Mrs. LaRue, and he's sticking to it. As in the previous Ike books, black-and-white images depict Ike's considerably cleansed version of events, while full-color pictures on the same spread counter with the real story—which in this case is one of dirty tricks and scandalous behavior. The pictures aren't as visually sly as Teague's previous work in the series, but perhaps slapstick is the more befitting aesthetic, given the topic. The writing is as sharp and satiric as ever—in fact, Ike's mixture of self-pity and self-aggrandizement seem ripped from the headlines. “We will do our best to keep the campaign positive,” the candidate dog pledges to his incapacitated owner, “though I can't speak for my opponent, who appears to be vicious and unstable, if not insane.” Ages 4-8. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed February 4, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 5, p56)
  • Giving fans even more reason to "Like Ike"—the dog, that is—Teague pits his irrepressible, letter-writing canine against "Law and Order" candidate Hugo Bugwort in a race for Mayor of Snort City. Expressing righteous indignation at Bugwort's resolute anti-dog stance, Ike (figuratively) throws his hat into the ring, and proceeds to report back to his laid-up owner Mrs. LaRue on his "dignified," issue-based campaign. The pictures tell a somewhat different story than the all-letters-and-news-items text, showing Ike and a gang of doggy buddies creating chaos at Bugwort's public appearances, defacing his posters ("Vote Sniff Bugwort For A Strong Snort City Odor"), plastering the neighborhood with "LaRue" stickers and staging raids on hot dog carts and ice-cream trucks. In the end a bit of heroic behavior from Ike earns an about-face from Bugwort and an offer to be Assistant Mayor. But, as a final picture hints, the mischievous pooch's political career may just be getting under way. Though less an election-year primer than a tale for dog lovers of every breed, this merits a spot alongside Doreen Cronin's wickedly satiric Duck For President, illustrated by Betsy Lewin (2004) as a waggish take on the theme. (Picture book. 6-8) (Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2008)
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259700
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BTCTA
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Teague, Mark
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • 1
  • 4
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True
Series statement
Dear Mrs. LaRue
Series volume
0002
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  • Dogs
  • Pets
  • Letters
  • Mayors
  • Political campaigns
Target audience
juvenile
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letters from the campaign trail
Label
LaRue for mayor : letters from the campaign trail, written and illustrated by Mark Teague
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
32 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780439783156
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)166873648
Label
LaRue for mayor : letters from the campaign trail, written and illustrated by Mark Teague
Publication
Dimensions
32 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780439783156
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)166873648

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