Perhaps you cannot remember the precise moment you realized that life isn’t fair, but Luke Pennybaker can. He had just completed every chore his parents had asked him to do, but his dad still said he couldn’t watch TV. Did Luke pitch a fit and scream at the top of his lungs? Well, actually, yes, but he didn’t leave it at that. Luke decided to run for president. His first campaign promise: to make life fair. He starts by getting his classmates to support his candidacy, and then works his way up to grownups. He uses his family’s vacations to drum up support in Colorado, New Jersey, Kansas, and Michigan. Which party is Luke in? The Birthday Party – where people treat you like it’s your birthday everyday! Unfortunately, if Luke wanted life to be fairer, he probably shouldn’t have entered politics. Unfairness rears its ugly head again on Election Day. Will Luke win the White House or go back home to a life with no TV?
President Pennybaker is a hit with older elementary school children, who enjoy the idea of someone their own age running for president. It is a funny scenario to imagine and Feiffer’s unexpected ending always gets a laugh.
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