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Vote for Me!

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  415 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
Hey, you Yes, you with the dazzling smile The donkey wants your vote. So does the elephant. And each will do just about anything to win your support. Brag? Sure Flatter? Absolutely Exaggerate, name-call, make silly promises and generally act childish? Yes, yes, yes and yes. Soon, the tension mounts, and these two quarrelsome candidates resort to slinging mud (literally) an ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Kids Can Press
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Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Though aimed at kids, does a nice job of summing up how candidates running for an election fail to act like mature individuals.
Simple, clean imagery, with a minimum of colours used, keeping one's eyes trained on the "dialogue" between the candidates.
Rachel Watkins
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is all you need to get through the 2016 election. Trust me.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I almost feel like this should be required reading for every candidate...
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
SOOOOO CUTE! And the winner is....the INDEPENDENT MOUSE! HAHAHA! I love this picture book...
Emily Duncan
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Vote For Me written by Ben Clanton tells the story of a feuding donkey and elephant trying to persuade the reader to vote for them. This picture storybook is a good representation of the government parties in America. The donkey and elephant go back and forth bickering over who is better and why you should vote for them. Out of nowhere a clever mouse comes in to steal the show. After a name calling, spit ball flying fight, the elephant and donkey realize there hurtful words and actions will get ...more
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book made me laugh so hard just from its cover, so I had high hopes it would be good. I was not disappointed. A complete tongue-in-cheek book that is perfect at this election year. Shows two candidates in an election, and what seems to happen--total childish behavior complete with mud-slinging. (I thought that hilarious.) Children may not get so much of the humor in this, but I think they can at least see that both donkey and elephant are wrong in their behavior. Maybe that will stick with ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: animals, ncbla2013
They're at it again, the Elephant and the Donkey, and they want your vote. As each animal tries to make a case for why you should vote for him, their arguments and word-slinging escalate to the point of hurting one another's feelings. While the book has possibilities for providing examples of propaganda techniques and helping future votes be more critical during election time, both animals were rather annoying. I'm assuming they stand for the Republican and Democratic parties, but even if they d ...more
Paul  Hankins
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: april-2012-reads
Obvious tie-ins with an election year to include the color of the speech bubbles attached to each of the characters. I think the insults in the book get in the way for me to make a recommendation of this title to younger readers. It's just not subtle enough. . .
Brenda Maier
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two animals attempt to persuade the reader to vote for them, resulting in banter that is both snappy and snippy. I had a really hard time giving this one back to the library, so I'm going to have to buy it.
Donna Mork
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute book with plays on words. Lots of name calling and a great make up at the end, but then falling back into usual practices.
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an adorable book that gives children an idea of how an election works. It also has a lot of humor for both children and adults. It could be used for a story time as well.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, juv, suggested-to-me
This is a cute, but also accurate portrayal of America's election season.
Kate Puleo Unger
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books-read
This book is perfect for parents who are fed up with the arguing between candidates. Donkey and Elephant are both running for president, and they're trying to convince the reader to vote for them. They spend some time talking about their platforms, like free candy, but they also sling a lot of insults towards each other. It's a humorous way to introduce the political parties to older kids. The outcome of the election is a little unexpected.

Ages 6-10
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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Lydia Flores
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Vote for Me was written by Ben Clanton which tells the story of two feuding candidates. These two candidates are trying to get the reader to vote for them. The first thing at caught my eye in the book was how big the text is, it is big and bold to get the message across to vote for the them. The two main characters are a donkey and an elephant. The book perfectly represents the government parties in America.
The style of the book was very simple used very few color so that the reader would stay
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2012, childrens, humor
This book screams Elephant and Piggie to me, but this is not a Mo Willems book. The interaction between the two characters is nothing like Gerald and Piggie, so I think it's just the design of the illustrations, the dialogue as narrative, and the back and forth conversation.

In this tale, donkey and elephant do anything they can, to include insulting and picking on one another to try to convince the reader to vote in his favor. Their bad behavior even results in mud slinging (literally.) The nar
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This picture-book look at the campaigning process takes young readers through a comical look at politics. The donkey and elephant represent Democrats and Republicans only superficially. They make no claims that match the party platforms at all. Instead, it is about how cute elephant is, whether you will accept candy or peanuts as a bribe for your vote, and lots of grandstanding. Soon the two are completely at odds with one another and slinging actual mud along with their bitter words. The insult ...more
Meaghan Rockwood
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a good book! I liked how everything was in little talk bubbles. This book could help introduce politics in a humorous way. I didn't like how everything was a fight between the two parties though, which may be true, but it isn't something I want to portray in my classroom.
Amber Wilson
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Clanton, Ben. (2012). Vote for Me! New York: Kids Can Press Ltd.

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This book was about a donkey and an elephant who are running in an election. Throughout the book they are trying to convince the reader why they should vote for them. The book is illustrated as a debate with the donkey on one side in blue and the elephant on the other in red just like the actual political parties.

This book would be great to use for a unit on voting and political parties. This would give students a
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids
This book was a missed opportunity. My kids picked this out. I guess they liked the colors/illustrations and I do, too. The book is designed for little kids - but it's a topic that age group doesn't know much about. There were some clever bits that were totally lost on them (and lost their meaning in my explanation). I see how the author is trying to make a point about arguments/mudslinging, but it didn't quite get there. To me it seemed like he was trying hard to be Mo Willems but, again, not m ...more
Eileen Carter
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ben Clanton has written a book that can be used as a teaching tool in the classroom. Using this book especially during an election year will help children understand what they hear on the TV. In this book, Donkey and Elephant are running for president. Each of them are trying to convince you to vote for them, and not the other.

Children will enjoy the pictures and the witty banter between the two animals. The book is easy to read. Parents can use this book to help explain to their children what
Funny story about an election between a donkey and an elephant!
I read this book in an Election Day storytime for children ages 2 1/2 -5. They loved it so much that I read it again for school aged children. They loved it just as much. The children liked shouting out their choices for President and were amused by the result twist.

I enjoyed the illustrations and some of most astute kid patrons noticed that the red and blue pages became purple when Elephant and Donkey settled their differences.

Overall, a clever book, that was topical without shoving politics do
Sidney Cook
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book by Ben Clanton. The Elephant and the Donkey fight over who should be voted for. They both give highlight their qualities and share what they will do if they are voted for. This book would be wonderful to read to children who are holding an election, or are learning about how elections work. Not only does is show what a campaign is like, but it also shows the animals that are used to truly represent the parties in our society. It's a real life situation that is put simply.
Donkey and Elephant are in a voting contest. Yes, the comparisons to the presidential race will be lost on the under 10 audience. What won 't go un-noticed is the slur mongering between Donkey and Elephant. In a time when we are trying to teach kids to be kind, calling one another nincompoop or snot-sucker is bothersome. How do I read this to kids without a lesson of don't do what you hear? As an adult, the book is funny. As a librarian, I don't know.
Erin Buhr
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Donkey and Elephant are both running (for what they don't say) and they want your vote! Their tactics quickly turn negative in this hilarious read aloud that actually made my son tip out of his chair. The adults will love the obvious commentary on our modern day politics. The kids will recognize the silly ineffective arguing strategies employed by the two candidates. Everyone will love the surprise ending.
Kate Hastings
May 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Grades 3-5. It's an election year, and this picture book takes a stab at politics. While having a book about party differences/banter would be a great addition to election year titles... I thought the "humor(?)" of incivility could be lost on children, if that is the audience. Still, it would be a conversation starter about the best way to run a campaign. What are the most important attributes of a candidate, what do candidates promise (realisitic?), and how do they treat other people?
Oh! Donkey and Elephant want YOU to vote and choose one of them for President. They both have good reasons for you to choose them and not the other. When they start fighting and name calling, both of their feelings get hurt. Good thing they're friends! Who would you vote for? Read this book to find out the winner of the election!
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Much in the vein "It's a Book" by Lane Smith, this picture book is probably more entertaining to adults than children. Which is not to say that children can't enjoy it and that this is not a useful jumping-off point to explain to children about politics, but I think I found this way more humorous than any four year old would.
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Children and adults will both enjoy this political campaigning book between the Elephant and the Donkey. Good way to describe how voting works and how sometimes, o.k. all the time, candidates can get down right dirty when trying to win the vote. Great conversation starter about what qualities you would want in a President.
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Ben Clanton is the author/illustrator of such books as Something Extraordinary, Rex Wrecks It!, Mo's Mustache, Vote for Me!, and The Table Sets Itself. When Ben isn't doodling up stories (and often when he is) he likes to cook, explore outdoors, and play basketball. Ben lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and goldendoodle pup. Find out more about Ben at
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