Disgusted by the school lunches, Babymouse decides to run for president of the student council. The competition is fierce - Santiago, Felicia, Georgie, and even Babymouse’s locker have also entered the race, and their platforms, promises, and campaign posters are pretty impressive. Desperate to win votes, Babymouse starts promising anything and everything to anyone who asks - including her soul. It’s not until she enters the school debate that she realizes what it truly takes to be a successful leader.
As with the other titles in the series, the key to the success of this Babymouse story is not the plot itself, which is rather generic, but the way the story is drawn and told. Some of the jokes this time around are obvious - Babymouse’s face on a five dollar bill, the Babymouse Memorial, and renaming the White House as the Pink House - but others - such as the take-off on the Obama “Hope” poster pictured below, and her Hoover-esque campaign slogan, “A cupcake in every locker” are subtle and clever.
I plan to use this book and a few other election-themed children’s stories for a passive program at my library later in the Fall. I’ll be asking kids to vote for the fictional character they think would make the best president, whether it’s Duck, Bad Kitty, Grace or Babymouse herself!
I borrowed Babymouse for President from my local public library.