If I was the Mayor Picture Book review by:
Publication: Resource Links
Publication Date: 01-FEB-06
Review Author: Burke, Anne
COPYRIGHT 2006 Resource Links
Excellent, enduring, everyone should see
If I was the Mayor
Illustrated by Sheldon Dawson. Three Bears Publishing, 2005. 32p. Illus. Gr.
K-3. 0-9735798-1-1. Pbk. $7.95
Lauren Howell's book, If I was the Mayor, invites children to experience a
magical journey, imagining what their town would look like if children had
the power to make the decisions. The book holds many values for the young
reader, encouraging the child to live vicariously through the narrator, a
young super hero mayor who would make the world more kid friendly.
With a rhyming text, this book is fun to read and encourages the reader to
make connections between the text and illustrations. Sheldon Dawson's
illustrations are brightly coloured, and extend on the details in the
rhyming text. Children will enjoy these youthful ideas for a perfect town, a
place where toys would be free, a tree house in every tree and a beach in
every backyard. The material appeals to the child's imagination and offers a
great flight of fantasy. The book's simple text and dramatic illustrations
empower a child's imagination, allowing them to reflect on what a perfect
child's world would resemble.
Thematic Links: Fantasy Journey; Child's Imagination; Empowerment; Social
"If I was the Mayor" Picture Book review by:
The Picket News, Maryland Newspaper
Its Only Ink! Column
Publication Date: August 29, 2006
Review Author: Jennifer Leese
5.0 out of 5
One Magical Place !
It's Only Ink!
The Imagination of a Child
What would you do if you were mayor? Would you change the color of everything
you see? Would you invite animals to school? Perhaps you would give your people
the pleasure of flying wherever they go. "If I Was the Mayor" by Lauren Howell
is a splendid example of how rare and wonderful a child's imagination can be. In
this book one little boy is mayor and he changes basically everything he sees,
hears, smells, and touches! This little boy's town is one magical place!
Recommended as a thought-provoking picture book for children ages 5 to 10,
Howell's book will encourage children to dream, and to explore the ways they can
make their world a better place. Her book celebrates the power of imagination
and that that one person can make a difference.
"If I Was the Mayor" would work wonderfully in the classroom. Teachers could use
it to get their children's imaginations flowing and to spark remarkable
discussions about environmental concerns and solutions.
This fantastic book is crammed with fun and excitement. Children, parents, and
educators are sure to love it!
Jennifer LB Leese is a writer from Maryland who writes children's picture books,
young adult novels, and paranormal fiction.