Friday, April 20, 2012


I have a fun story for you today. So settle back with a cup of coffee, iced tea, or the drink of your choice and enjoy.

Title:  Kid in Chief

Author:  Paul Maguire

Paperback: 80 pages

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (February 10, 2012)

ISBN-10: 1457509555

ISBN-13: 978-1457509551

My Review:

Imagine a third grader as president of the United States. Imagine him choosing his friends as Vice President and Chief-of-Staff. You think it can’t happen? Well, you know the old saying “Never say never.”

In Kid in Chief, Paul Maguire’s recent chapter book for children, Bobby Barton and his third grade class take a field trip to Washington D. C. where Bobby makes a startling discovery on page three of the U. S. Constitution. Because of a previously unknown statement in the Constitution and a checker game, Bobby soon finds himself in the top job of the nation: President of the U. S. What follows is a fun adventure with a young man and his best friends that he appointed Vice President and Chief-of-Staff, as they turn the political world upside down. Bobby learns a lot as president: how laws are made, how he can veto a bill, and about executive order. He receives a lot of letters from kids with ideas for new laws. It isn’t all fun and games, though. Take the Secret Service agents who go everywhere with Bobby, even to his home for the holidays. He also has to make speeches, which is difficult, even with prompts.

Kid in Chief would make a great book for elementary school libraries and classrooms. Students, while picturing themselves in Bobby’s place as president, making the country a paradise for the kids while causing headaches for the grownups, will also be learning about the responsibilities of the job without even knowing it. The author provides a glossary at the end of the book to help young readers understand the meaning of words they may not know. A playful book that’s sure to be a hit with the elementary crowd.


Happy reading. Have a nice weekend.


  1. Beverly,

    Absolutely terrific concept for this book. Great review.

    All the best,

  2. sounds like a great book for schools - will pass it on to the librarians in my school district!

  3. I love playful books for young readers. Thanks for telling us about this one, Beverly.

  4. Great, Darby. Young readers will likely get a chuckle out of some of the suggesstions for bill from kids.

  5. It is fun when the children learn a little while enjoying reading too, Lee.