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The Kid Who Ran For President (The Kid Who Ran for President #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,410 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
Just in time for election season, Dan Gutman's hugely popular THE KID WHO RAN FOR PRESIDENT is back. Humor, adventure, and excitement will draw kids into the world of elections and politics.

"Hi! My name is Judson Moon. I'm 12 years old and I'm running for President of the YOU-nited States."

So begins this fast-paced, funny, and surprising account of a boy's run for the Oval
Paperback, 156 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1996)
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Apr 04, 2016 hpboy13 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-kids-books
I remembered this book from when I was a kid (because it was such an exciting concept when I was a kid). I reread in light of the absurdity of the 2016 election (which is way more ridiculous than anything that happened in this book). It’s really quite funny, offering a clever look at our rather ridiculous election process, and remains quite relevant in addressing what a media circus the election is.
May 09, 2012 Danielle rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-comedy
A super cute story about a twelve-year old boy who runs for President. The students seem to love it, it makes them chuckle, and they even learn a bit about US Presidential election process- these are all good perks!
Sep 22, 2014 Dewdropmon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, dan-gutman
"Out of the mouths of babes....."

When Judson Moon decides to run for President of the United States of America it starts out as a joke. How can a twelve-year-old be taken seriously enough to even get on the ballot let alone win? Especially when the constitution says that a presidential candidate must be at least 35 years old?

Thanks to his friend and classmate Lane Brainard he does get on the ballot with his running mate, an elderly, disabled black woman who hasn't voted since 1944 because there
Shannon McGee
Apr 25, 2011 Shannon McGee rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
Judson Moon is charismatic, and funny at times but if you are looking for a book that teaches your kid somethings except politicians full of lies.

I was hoping for much more then a moral story from this book other then what I received from the book. I think there could have been so much more added to educate children about the Constitution or Congress. Instead it is a book about a goofball kid who want to be honest, which is fine and good. I was just hopeful for more educational with fun and not
Brian guaman
Jun 11, 2015 Brian guaman rated it liked it
this kid wants to make a change in his life but he wants to become president the problem is that he don't know were to start at or what to do he is still a kid he does not know what is going on in his life in his people Also i like how the kid try's his best to be what he always wanted to be he does not stop does not care what other people think of him the message the Author is trying to tell us that if u want to do something or finish it don't give up its never to late to do things in your life ...more
Demarco C
i picked this book from the library but my cousin is the one who told me about this book and it is a really good book and im getting ready to read the second one.the setting is first in Judson moon downstairs of his house because him and his friend Judson moon was in his basement playing pool and his friend lane said wouldn't it be cool if some kid became president and Judson said it would actually be pretty awesome so than lane said why don't you try and run for president and that where it all ...more
Oct 28, 2009 Hima rated it it was amazing
At first, this seems like another one of Dan's Gutman's famous side splitters, but then develops into a cool story. It also has some educational value, as I learned about the different things that have to be done for presidential elections. You need to get 2000 signatures to get your name on the ballot! Wowzers!
Brooke Boukather
Sep 02, 2009 Brooke Boukather rated it liked it
It was somewhat good. I thought it was kinda funny but pretty ridiculous. Some kid decided that he wanted to make a joke out of running for president. He actually won! Ridiculous and obviously fake, right?
Gabrielle Hamouz
Nov 21, 2014 Gabrielle Hamouz rated it liked it
The book "The kid who ran for president" was an okay book. It is a fictional book. This book has a lot of action and debate. It is a really interesting book. I really enjoyed all the fun emotion and drama though out the book.

This book is about a 12 year old boy who is running for president. His campaign manager is doing what ever he can to get moon to the top. Throughout this book it shows the journey and obstacles along the way to success. In this book it's shows you no matter how young you
Andrew Scott
Oct 10, 2014 Andrew Scott rated it it was amazing
The Kid Who Ran For President is about a 12 year old boy who runs for president and it was a fantastic book.The book is a funny ,goofy and a crazy book.The book is short but has big words such as Constitution and Republicanism and all those presidential words.

. The meaning of the book is crazy because a kid runs for president, and I'm not going to tell you who wins and what happens. Enjoy the BOOK!!!
The book is awesome and I hope you enjoy it if you read it.

I suggest this book for middle schoo
Dec 19, 2012 Alexyss rated it it was amazing
I read it in fifth or fourth grade. LOVED IT!!!
Apr 18, 2013 Jonny99 rated it liked it
Don't let your kids get the wrong idea - they are not allowed out past 8PM so they can't really be POTUS. Gutman's preposterous story about a goody-two shoes twelve year old who puts together a presidential campaign under the direction of mad genius Lane Brainard (get it?) is innocuous enough. As you would expect it is the titular character Moon's child-like honesty and unsophistication that are painted as the keys to his success running for the highest office in the land against his more mature ...more
★ Bryan  ★
Jan 06, 2009 ★ Bryan ★ rated it it was ok
The book The Kid Who Ran For President by Dan Gutman is a kid that became the president of the U.S.
In the beginning of the story Lane and Judson are playing a game of pool. Lane is also watching his favorite show Meet the Press, which is talking about which party has a better chance of winning the election for the presidency. That is when Lane came up with the weird idea of a kid running for president; the kid in particular is Judson Moon. So Judsongives in and they meet the next day in the tr
Nick G.
May 09, 2013 Nick G. rated it really liked it
I just read the book The Kid Who Ran For President. The book is 155 pages long and is by Dan Gutman. The book is a fantasy. I rated this book four stars because I liked the suspense of the rising action. Also I liked how he did his campaign getting kids to get there parents to vote for him. An other thing I liked was that he had a point he was saying "I'm just a kid how can I screw up if I don't know how to screw up." The last thing I liked was how the book was about a kid running for President ...more
Diego Alvarez
Jan 09, 2012 Diego Alvarez rated it it was amazing
Are you ready for a 12-year-old boy to run for President ? No, not class president...the President of the U.S. This fast-paced, funny account of a boy's run for the Oval Office is a great way to teach kids about the election process. Using humor to explore politics and the ideals of government. The Kid Who Ran For President presents a refreshing new voice in middle-grade humor.

This book is for any ages if you are looking for a hilarious and exciting book about a 12 year old boy(Judson Moon) wh
Oct 17, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-blog
Adults have tried long enough to clean up the problems of the world. It’s time to give kids a chance, so Judson Moon, a funny and irreverent twelve year old in Madison, Wisconsin, is running for president of the United States. His friend, Lane Brainard, is his campaign manager. Lane knows quite a lot about running for president. Moon knows almost nothing. Wisely, he agrees to let Lane make all his decisions from the moment he announces his candidacy until the end of the campaign. June Syers, a s ...more
Steven R. McEvoy
Sep 17, 2012 Steven R. McEvoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
"Hi! My name is Judson Moon. I'm 12 years old and I'm running for President of the YOU-nited States." Get used to that statement for you will encounter it in this book on a number of occasions. His close friend has a plan to get him on the ballot to run for president. Lane Brainard has a plan and he will win this election, or he will if Judson follows his every command - what to wear, what to say, what to do. It doesn't matter that he is a 12 year old, As Lane states, there are ways around that. ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Delightfully cynical for a kids book. Judson Moon is railroaded into running for president by a friend who points out that Judson is likable, has an appropriately presidential name, and parts his hair on the side, so clearly it is meant to be. What else do you need? After all, "People don't want a smart president! They want a president who makes them feel good!"

Before long Judson is running under the Lemonade Party with his retired neighbor June as VP nominee, a perfect pair: "She's old and I'm
Aug 29, 2015 Zack rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens

Thanks to his friend Lane, Judson Mood decides to run for president. According to Lane he's the perfect candidate – charming, funny and too stupid to do anything wrong. With Lane as the brains and his favourite neighbour who hasn't voted for the last forty years, Judson Mood fights hard to gain attention in his run for the presidential role.

But as things get more serious, Judson quickly starts to doubt himself and their goal. Is he really fit to be president? Does he really want to be president
Jan 06, 2016 Justin rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Ok little book. My kids really enjoyed the notion of it, thought it was pretty funny, and were engaged throughout. Bonus points (an extra star) for it being a really good way for kids to learn about presidential elections and politics. My oldest is already picking up on things happening in the news right now that were related to the book.
Anthony Sementilli
Jul 30, 2015 Anthony Sementilli rated it really liked it
I read this all the way back in junior high, but I remember liking it. It was funny; the trick is suspending disbelief. So, don't read this if you are: A) older than the 6th grade or B) are freakishly attuned to the machinations of American politics (for your young age).
Abby Johnson
Aug 26, 2007 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
"Read my lips: no more homework!"

Grownups just mess everything up! They're responsible for the desctruction of the environment, wars in the middle east, and inequality everywhere. What's the solution? Obviously, we need a kid in the Oval Office. Enter Judson Moon and his campaign manager Lane. Lane really believes that a kid can become the next president. Judson thinks it'll be funny to see how many grownups he can get to vote for him. Before they know it, this election will sweep them both off
Apr 24, 2015 Darcy rated it really liked it
I loved this book when I read it in elementary school. It was pretty much the basis for my later interest in politics, and I think all kids in the U.S. should have to read it to learn the basics of our political system. What a great, fun teaching tool.
Jul 16, 2012 Jonas rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-13-25
Judson Moon is a 12-year-old boy is battling most of the challenges most young men do: making friends, becoming popular and winning over a cute girl (Chelsea). Oh, yes, and he's allowed his geeky by genius friend Lane Brainard to talk him into running for president of the United States. He picks up a first babe and faces funny scandals about his not too distant past as he changes the American political landscape (while tackling the 6th grade, of course).
I enjoyed this book. It makes sense from
Naomi Campbell
Jan 03, 2016 Naomi Campbell rated it really liked it
My son LOVED it! He wants to be president! So we read the second one too as soon as we found out there WAS a second one! Oh, my, the antics. I liked the first one, this one, better than the second. And I love the old lady!
Great fictional book depicting some of the attitudes and activities of the election process. Easy for children 4th grade and up to understand... and apply class room lecture to some tangible process.
Sarah's Book Nook
Jan 22, 2015 Sarah's Book Nook rated it did not like it
Read this to my class last year and was bored to tears. Judson is a bully who knows nothing about politics but gets pushed to run by his friend who I can't remember. Won't read again.
DK Simoneau
A really great book. My son who was not a very avid reader discovered the baseball books, and went on to love this one too. Thank you to Dan Gutman for writing books that boys love too!
Gabes Lapinski
May 05, 2015 Gabes Lapinski rated it liked it
Shelves: 4th-grade
I chose this book because it is inspiring to see a 12 year old want to run for president and it shares the election process some as well.
Tylor Sam
Sep 22, 2012 Tylor Sam rated it liked it
the kid who ran for president is about a kid who ran for president as a joke. however he was taken seriously even though he was not serious. he was interviewed by newspapers and was in debates. in fact he was in a presidential debate and felt strong about it. then he became not passionate and caring. in my opinion i thought that the ending was not good because i actually would have wanted to see him become president. since he did not i was disappointed. the book would have been good but the endi ...more
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The author of over 80 books in a little over a decade of writing, Dan Gutman has written on topics from computers to baseball. Beginning his freelance career as a nonfiction author dealing mostly with sports for adults and young readers, Gutman has concentrated on juvenile fiction since 1995. His most popular titles include the time-travel sports book Honus and Me and its sequels, and a clutch of ...more
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