Mayor Good Boy

Random/Graphic. Aug. 2021. 224p. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9780593124871.
Gr 2-5–Abby and her little brother, Aaron, live in Greenwood, which becomes a very unusual place after it’s announced that a cute, fluffy dog has just been elected mayor. Some people are delighted, others are angry, and some figure that he can’t be any worse than the last mayor. When a mob of enraged townspeople storm the stage, Abby and Aaron defuse the situation. The kids are invited to work with Mayor Good Boy and his assistant, Ms. Monica, helping him meet his fans and avoid his haters. As they visit different parts of Greenwood, they encounter humorous situations as Mayor Good Boy takes frequent naps and gets very excited about cheese, Aaron lands himself into trouble, and Abby tries to keep the peace. The story is sweet, funny, and uplifting, and the cute and colorful cartoonish artwork reinforces the positive message that anyone, even the unlikeliest of heroes, can make a difference. The book concludes with tips for drawing the characters, a Mayor Good Boy pledge, and information about how readers can contact their representatives. Abby and Aaron are beige-skinned and brown-haired.
VERDICT For readers who love animals and books about friendship, and for anyone who wants to change the world.

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