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LaRue for Mayor: Letters from the Campaign (Ike LaRue)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  263 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Canine everyman Ike LaRue returns to take on the political machine in this gleeful tale, the third of Mark Teague's best selling, award winning DEAR MRS. LARUE series.

Ike finds his civil liberties at risk when Hugo Bugwort, the hard line mayoral candidate, promises to crack down on free-roaming, fun-loving dogs. As the anti-dog rhetoric escalates, Ike is compelled to join
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by The Blue Sky Press
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What a cute book – glad I read after the election though.

Since the man running for Mayor is against dogs Ike La/Rue starts a campaign against him – he wants to prove “Dogs Rule”

Ike’s campaign gathers steam, but the dogs seem to be causing problems. Chief Bugwort is giving his big speech when something happens and he does feel well – Ike to the rescue with Rocky Road ice cream. Bugwort decides dogs aren’t that bad after all. Soon LaRue is soon to be the Vice Mayor.
This is a good book for older readers who can read between the lines and will get inference and inuendo.

Like all Larue books, the format goes back and forth between letters penned by the plucky dog himself and newspaper articles from the local gazette which provide a fun way to introduce the concept of media bias.

The pictures, which alternate between color and black and white, take up each page and often have insets that show what Larue is thinking.

A fun read for older readers.
May 11, 2017 Melissa rated it it was amazing
An incident involving dogs knocking over a hot dog cart lands Gertrude LaRue in the hospital. Capitalizing on the accident, a self-righteous politician named Bugwort adopts an anti-dog platform in his bid for mayor. Gertrude's spunky Scottish terrier, Ike LaRue, decides to run against him in what develops into a contentious race. After Bugwort collapses on stage and LaRue heals him by feeding him ice cream, they decide to team up and take office together. This story is told through newspaper art ...more
Steve Holden
Feb 19, 2017 Steve Holden rated it liked it
The third Ike book. I've owned and used all three - just saw that there was a fourth one added unknown to me - throughout my time teaching. All told through newspaper clippings and letters from Ike - a dog with a flair for the dramatic. This one focuses on local government, and can be used for multiple teaching platforms. They tend to run a bit long, and this one is lower on the comic value, which is why I've rated this one lower. Still a great series, and Mark Teague has always provided enterta ...more
Feb 23, 2009 Alecia rated it it was amazing
Author: Mark Teague

Illustrator: Mark Teague

Genre: fictional picture book

Publication Info: The Blue Sky Press (2008)

Reading Level: Ages 6-9; late transitional, fluent

Topic/Theme: dog vs. man, competition, imagination and creativity, friendship

Issues Addressed: winning a competition

Social Issues: political issues are brought about in this book, deals with the election and campaign of a town mayor

Classroom Uses: read aloud, independent reading, shared reading; I would also incorporate the examp
The Badger
Jul 19, 2016 The Badger rated it really liked it
It's very true that children will only read things that interest them--especially children struggling in reading. I've had entire classes fight over who gets to read this book next. Several of my girls who were in SPED for SLD in reading were so obsessed that they begged to skip recess and computer time so they could keep reading. (A certain school counselor also stayed in so that she could hear her students finish reading this edge-of-your-doggie-seat mystery!)

Now, if the author only wrote text
Apr 23, 2012 Megan rated it liked it
I enjoy the Ike LaRue books and like to use them to teach letter writing, specifically persuasive letter writing. These books also use a great deal of humor, that 2nd through 5th grade students seem to understand the most. I also like the use of perspective, with the color picture on one page, and the black and white picture on the other. These books are entertaining, but can be used for many purposes in the classroom.
Apr 06, 2008 Jodysegal rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: K-Grade 4
In time for this year’s exciting political season, we have a new book from Mark Teague featuring his intrepid, irrepressible canine hero, Ike LaRue. In this latest book in the series, LaRue runs for Mayor against the dog-defaming police chief, Hugo Bugwort.

SLJ calls it "amusing" and notes the "bold, colorful illustrations, comical characters and lots of detail." (March 08)
A PW starred review describes the writing as "sharp and satiric."(Feb 08)
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I loved the first book about Ike, didn't care for the second one, but loved this one. Ike is incorrigible! I like Mark Teague's technique of putting the fantasy in black and white and the truth in color, which is a great way to portray the difference between what Ike says to Mrs. LaRue and what he does. I hope the author continues to write books in this series!
Season Neal
Feb 01, 2012 Season Neal rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Another story in the Ike LaRue series; this story follows Ike on his campaign trail as he attempts to become mayor. Ike is a fun loving character that children will love. This book would be great to accompany the other "Ike" books and could be used to teach persuasive writing or author's purpose in reading.
Eva Leger
Sep 05, 2010 Eva Leger rated it did not like it
Recommended to Eva by: library
This book sucks. I'm really not sure how we both felt this way about it when we read and liked Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters from Obedience School but hey, I'm not going to investigate it.
Tim Vandenberg
Nov 25, 2013 Tim Vandenberg rated it really liked it
Just read this together with my 9-year-old daughter, and we had a real LOL great time together. Mark Teague has stepped up his LaRue Game since the clever volume 1 in the series, as LaRue becomes even more scheming & devious in this lighthearted canine-commentary on human politics.

Great fun!

Chandra Fleenor
Sep 10, 2015 Chandra Fleenor rated it really liked it
It is a good book and it is well written and well drawn. Children may love this book because it has a dog as the main character and it is funny. This is a good book to have in classroom libraries and it is a great way to help children with growing their vocabularies. There are some words in the book younger children will not know right away and the book will help them grow.
Ali Strang
Age: 4-8
Review: This book is about the dog, Ike LaRue, running for Mayor! He continues to send letters to his sweet owner, Mrs. LaRue, while he tries to win the election. This would be great to read to students because of the many different styles of writing found in the book and it also addresses how to format a letter.
Abbey Smith
LaRue for Mayor is another great example of perspective and point-of-view writing for developing writers. Many times when Election Day comes around, or there are a thousand commercials from political candidates on t.v., students will come to school and ask questions about the elections. This book is a fun, kid-based, perspective on running for mayor. I enjoyed it and so did my students.
Mary Parker
Dec 03, 2016 Mary Parker rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I have always been a fan of the LaRue books, and this one only made me love them more. I love the style the author uses to write, where instead of having true paragraphs he writes short letters from Ike to Mrs. LaRue. This particular story follows Ike through his campaigning to become the Mayor of the town, as his opponent is trying to get dogs banned!
Candice Call
Apr 04, 2012 Candice Call rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Great book to use for a varity of activities. Can be used to example letters and how they are written. Can example articles in the news paper; Or, it could be used if talking about elections/politics and the jobs that different people may have.
Through a series of correspondences with Ms. LaRue, Ike her dog, let's her know what he has been up to while she is in the hospital. It is contrasted with newspaper clippings of a gang of dogs. Decide who is telling the truth.
Jan 12, 2012 Kayce rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book, cute letters show perspective in writing. Could be fun to use as a teacher showing the kids ways to think about animals being able to communicate and what their point of view might be.
Apr 09, 2010 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
La Rue learns that Mayor Hugo Bugwort is nicer than he thought. It is funny to see a sign that says "We Like Ike." This book also would be good to use during political campaigns to draw similarities and differences.
Naomi Blackburn
May 18, 2015 Naomi Blackburn rated it did not like it
This book really did nothing for me compared to the author's other books that I have read. I don't know if there was a sequential order that they should have been read in to understand the relationships or not.
May 16, 2012 Matthew rated it liked it
I liked this book, but my audience didn't understand it. The language went over their heads. I was sitting their in silent mirth while I watched my listeners drowse. It was too bad. The book was a lot better than it will be recognized for being.
Dec 20, 2012 Suz rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
I read this with my 5th graders and we talked about how the discrepancies between the text and the illustrations are purposefully done for comic effect. Then we talked about how we can also see those discrepancies during campaigns in real life, and how voters need to be smart information consumers.
Jan 21, 2013 Theresa rated it liked it
Good book to share with the students. Teague's books are great to use to teach writing techniques and with the element of humor included all kids will enjoy!
Amanda Davidson
Nov 20, 2011 Amanda Davidson rated it liked it
Shelves: t-l-544
Genre: Realistic fiction/radical change picture book
Copyright: 2008
Oct 29, 2011 Scarlet rated it it was amazing
This book could be used to teach students to stand up for what they believe in, letter writing, and even some politics on a lower level.
Connor Bartlett
This book can be used to help teach students about what an campaign is. They can follow LaRues journey. It will keep them interested in what will happen next.
Adrienne Furness
Oct 25, 2007 Adrienne Furness rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Almost as much fun as when Duck ran for President. Also nice use of the word "scurrilous."
Amber Fuhrman
This book is a fun book for students. It teaches them how to write, but does it in a fun way from the point of view of a dog.
Mar 10, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing
Really fun story enjoyed reading with my kids
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Mark Teague has delighted young readers with more than 20 picture books, and he has written many of them himself, including the popular Pigsty, Baby Tamer, and One Halloween Night. He is also the illustrator of Cynthia Rylant's beloved Poppleton series for beginning readers and the best-selling books by Jane Yolen, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight and How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon.

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