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A little girl imagines what her day would be like if she were Madam President. There would be executive orders to give, babies to kiss, tuna casseroles to veto (or VETO!)…and so much more! Not to mention that recess would definitely require more security.

With deadpan wit and hilarious illustrations, best-selling picture book creator Lane Smith introduces readers to an unf...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Disney-Hyperion (first published 2008)
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Sep 12, 2008 Bob rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: smart people who like things that are good
Fun, funny and beautiful.

This little girl doesn't want to be president, she IS President. And this book is about all her duties as such.

Without an unnecessary layer of, "Hey! Who says can't girls be president!" She has no time for that, Presidents are busy people. Creative and intelligent too, apparently.

Oh, and Lane Smith did it, so it looks fantastic.

Don't just sit there! Go read it or she will veto you into next Tuesday!

Here's a good idea: pretend you are the president, and see how that makes you act. In Madam President, Lane Smith (who must be the hardest-working, most civic-minded dude in children's literature) lays out all the qualities the president needs to exhibit. Wisdom. Diplomacy. Friendliness, sympathy, humility, toughness, calm.

His noble little girl, in her tailored, flared pantsuit, demonstrates how each of these exemplary traits plays out during an action-packed day that starts at 7am with an execu...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
If you read the text alone on this one, it could pass as an informational book on what the President of the United States does. But if you look at the pictures, it becomes a story about a girl who imagines herself as President. The difference between the text and the pictures creates the appealing humor of the story. I'm not fond of Lane Smith's artwork, which is why I'm only giving it 3 stars. I do like her Secret Service Agent cat, however, and the bust of Eleanor Roosevelt that she stands on...more
karrie's corner
This is a brilliant book! Katy uses her executive power to make things happen in her world, and goes about her day as if she is the President of the United States. With hilarious pictures, and sharp, intelligent prose, Lane Smith has created a very informative and funny book. The illustrations are wonderful, and the look on Katy's face as she appoints her Cabinet, deals with the Secret Service out on the playground, and tries to repair the disaster area that is her bedroom is priceless.

I love t...more
Marissa Garcia
The saucy young girl starring in this amusing Lane Smith work is quite comfortable with the many responsibilities of the presidency. Marching importantly across the pages, she declares many accurate facts about what a president must do, and we see her interpretation in Smith's humorous illustrations. From negotiating treaties between dogs and cats, deciding on a "capable cabinet" consisting of Secretaries of Pizza, Fantasy, Naps, and Pets Who Should Be In Their Cages, to using the president's ve...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for Kids @

One little girl imagines her day if she were President.

Katy uses an executive order to refill her waffle plate. Recess includes secret service agents hiding behind the trees. She vetoes tuna salad for lunch. Katy even has to deal with a Disaster Area - her room.

Lane Smith creates a story that will make readers giggle. The adorable pictures reinforce the humorous tale. While the presidential subject is timely, this book will be enjoyed for...more
This book will be good to read to the third and fourth graders when they start learning about president. It gives a description about the president's job and the purpose of different candidates. It is engaging to read because the job titles have been changed to a kid's frienlier words that the kids can understand.
Hilarious! Probably my favorite picture book of the year. Smith does a great job of relating presidential duties to a young girl's day to day life. And she's fabulous, full of spirit and humor. Hilarious for adults and children, and highly recommended for every kid with presidential tendencies!
This is a brilliant book! Katy uses her executive power to make things happen in her world, and goes about her day as if she is the President of the United States. With hilarious pictures, and sharp, intelligent prose, Lane Smith has created a very informative and funny book. The illustrations are wonderful, and the look on Katy's face as she appoints her Cabinet, deals with the Secret Service out on the playground, and tries to repair the disaster area that is her bedroom is priceless.

I love th...more
I am fairly new to Lane Smith and we’ve only met over a few books featuring very head-strong young ladies. He has a noticeable a knack for depicting them well. Judith Viorst’s Lulu and Florence Parry Heide’s Princess Hyacinth are neither cute nor hideous. They carry the angles he gives them well and “flounce,” “bounce,” and “squee” are not words that come to mind when they express themselves!

A grade-school girl Katy takes us through the day in the life of an American president—well, not any Amer...more
Apr 22, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We love Lane Smith's books and so when we saw this book at our local library, we just knew we had to read it. It's a fun look at a day in the life of a little girl who pretends that she is the President of the United States.

The story is funny and the illustrations are terrific, but what I love are the little details, like the different books scattered throughout her bedroom, the posters on her walls, the bust of Eleanor Roosevelt in her schoolyard, the words to "Hail to the Chief" and the cigar...more
Amy Musser
Katy is here to tell you that the President of the United States has many duties. She imagines what it would be like to be Madam President as she goes about her day at school and at home. She vetoes tuna casserole at lunch, gives a press conference in class, and averts a disaster by cleaning her room. And, as she settles into her bed for the night, she’s very happy there’s a vice president to meet the ambassador from Freedonia.

Smith’s illustrations are full of funny details that mesh perfectly w...more
Laura Graves
Review posted 2/17/2012 at Owl Tell You About It.

Okay, this is cutest book. I loved it so much that when I finished it, I started all over again. I took my time the second way through, making sure to take in everything in the art. It’s so cute and conjured up a few giggles from me along the way.

I think this is defniitely a good one for your kiddies, especially if you want to teach them about the president and in job in a fun way. Or maybe you want to teach your daughter that women can take offic...more
A young girl envisions her life as president and all the obligations and privileges the job will hold. This book’s comical illustrations accompanied with simple yet witty text makes this a fantastic read aloud that would appeal to many ages.
A little girl imagines that she is the president--and man, is it a lot of work. There are executive orders to give (more waffles), and lunches to approve. There are babies that must be kissed, and photo ops to be squeezed in. Negotiating treaties and attending state funerals, not to mention going to school and vetoing tuna casserole. And her work's not even done! Being president is a big responsibility.

LOVE that this book showcases a little girl as dreaming of being president. The illustrations...more
Brooke Birchler
This is a really good book to read to children who are learning about the president and what he does. This would be best to use with older children.
Funny, charming, clever, and a little bit sarcastically snippy, this book scores an A+.

A savvy little girl describes what her life would be like if she was the President of the United States. Kissing babies, giving orders, choosing lunch and more are addressed with terrific wit. Particularly hilarious spreads center on press conferences, veto power, and a photo op (presidential candidates, Smith's got you pegged).

With the right guidance, this book could be used all the way up into high school a...more
What an awesome way to start a unit on government just to get all the vocab!!!!
This was a lot of fun to read. We particularly enjoyed the subtle humor. The simplicity of the text and event-driven illustrations make it easy to explain concepts and new vocabulary. For example, we learn about diplomacy when the president keeps her feelings about someone's hat to herself. Kids understand that they need to say only kind things, but they don't generally say "I'm being diplomatic."

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Love it! The pictures are awesome, the story is clever, and the audio version is fantastically funny! Great!
I don't think this would hold a toddler's attention, but I think it would be good for a preschool/kindergarten introduction to the world of politics.

My favorite parts are the list of cabinet members, which includes the Secretary of Naps (a sleeping sock monkey) and her Secret Service Agent (her cat complete with shades and an earpiece.)

I love that we have evolved to publishing picture books about little girls as presidents. Yay!

Oh, and the illustrator is the same guy who did Stinky Cheese Man.
Megan Sanchez
Best book from last week's trip to the library. Our main character dreams of being President and spends her day imagining what it will be like and practicing for the future. This includes keeping the peace and negotiating treaties on the playground and appointing a cabinet made up of her favorite toys. I am generally in love with books that tell little girls that they can grow up to be anything and this is definitely one to add to that shelf.
I love Lane's illustrations and patriotism. I thought it was a super cute book and I like that it gave a female the president title.

My summary,
The whole story the girl goes threw things that need to be done by the president. Some of the things are really and some of them are made up like Secretary of Dance. In the end she has had a long day and says that they can see the vice president because even the president gets tired sometimes.
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
It's classic Lane Smith: impeccable and amusing illustrations, humorous and slightly subversive text/storyline, an independent, determined protagonist, and visual gags: I love the spread of the "Cabinet" where Secretary of State and Secretary of Agriculture are in the same place with "Secretary of Dance" and "Secretary of Naps" and the VETO pages with one "V-Toe" image and the "It's exhausting" comment.

It's full of imaginary play fun!
Lane Smith's charming artwork tell about the busy life of this young Madam President. He describes her day with accurate information, enhancing the text with a few quirky and funny moments. The Cabinet includes a Secretary of Pizza and the President uses her veto power on the cafeteria's tuna casserole. A great addition to school library collections. Recommended as a read aloud for students learning about executive branch powers.
This was a funny book. I loved how this little girl had everything completely planned out. She had definitely done her research and thought every single detail through and planned accordingly. I also loved Lane Smith's illustrations, they always crack me up. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
i enjoy Lane Smith's other books, particularly the widely praised "John, Paul, George and Ben", so i was looking forward to this as a potential addition to my library for the upcoming election season. visually appealing, entertaining (as i've come to expect from Lane, and his sometimes literary partner, Jon Sciezcka), and engaging. a perfect presidential picture book for young readers.
This is such a great Childrens book! It is written like a poem and it rhyms. It is funny and snarky. This president even has her own them song. It goes like this:

Hail to the chief we have chosen for our nation,
Hail to the chief! The most awe-some one of all.
Hail to the chief and her rad ad-min-i-stra-tion,
Haill to the chief from the mountain to the mall.

This is a light book focused mainly on presidential responsibility. The main character is a young girl with delusions of presidential grandeur. She goes about her daily responsibilities and is generally misunderstood by all around her. Everyone else is either bemused or annoyed by her presidential ways, but she's oblivious to all of that. Very amusing book.
Michelle G.
Unless the child/student already familiar with the general duties of the President, this book might make it difficult to tell what is real and what is not (e.g. Secretary of Fantasy?). Nevertheless, there are a lot of excellent illustrations that help out with more complex functions like negotiating treaties, being a diplomat and vetoing!
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Smith was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but moved to Corona, California at a young age. He spent summers in Tulsa, however, and cites experiences there as inspirations for his work, saying that "[o]nce you've seen a 100-foot cement buffalo on top of a donut-stand (sic) in the middle of nowhere, you're never the same."

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