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 Mayor Good Boy (Mayor Good Boy)
 Author: Scheidt, Dave

 Publisher:  RH Graphic (2021)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 211 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 783728 ISBN: 9780593124871
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Graphic novels
 Humorous fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Mayors -- Fiction
 Conduct of life -- Fiction

Price: $16.79

A small town elects a dog mayor and, even with foes trying to put a stop to his campaign of fun, Mayor Good Boy helps Greenwood become a town filled with kindness. In graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Harmon, Miranda

   Kirkus Reviews (07/01/21)
   School Library Journal (07/23/21)
   Booklist (11/01/21)

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School Library Journal - 07/23/2021 Gr 2–5—Abby and her little brother, Aaron, live in Greenwood, which becomes a very unusual place after it's announced that a cute, fluffy dog has just been elected mayor. Some people are delighted, others are angry, and some figure that he can't be any worse than the last mayor. When a mob of enraged townspeople storm the stage, Abby and Aaron defuse the situation. The kids are invited to work with Mayor Good Boy and his assistant, Ms. Monica, helping him meet his fans and avoid his haters. As they visit different parts of Greenwood, they encounter humorous situations as Mayor Good Boy takes frequent naps and gets very excited about cheese, Aaron lands himself into trouble, and Abby tries to keep the peace. The story is sweet, funny, and uplifting, and the cute and colorful cartoonish artwork reinforces the positive message that anyone, even the unlikeliest of heroes, can make a difference. The book concludes with tips for drawing the characters, a Mayor Good Boy pledge, and information about how readers can contact their representatives. Abby and Aaron are beige-skinned and brown-haired. VERDICT For readers who love animals and books about friendship, and for anyone who wants to change the world.—Andrea Lipinski, New York P.L. - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 11/01/2021 The election results are in, and Greenwood’s new mayor is . . . a dog? That’s the premise of Scheidt and Harmon’s rollicking new middle-grade comic, which follows siblings Aaron and Abby as they help Mayor Good Boy serve the citizens of their town. Harmon’s bold colors and cartoonish figures are the perfect match for the madcap antics of the story, like Aaron’s mishaps at the zoo during a campaign event and a city-wide false-flag flea infestation. All the while, Scheidt and Harmon nicely balance the kid-friendly humor (get ready for an abundance of stinky socks and fart jokes) with an empowering message of community engagement—Abby wonders what she can accomplish, but simple acts, like helping build a community garden, give her confidence. It’s quite sweetly optimistic about local government, and a closing epilogue gives readers targeted advice about how to participate in their communities. Dog Man fans are a natural audience for this, but kids interested in helping their neighbors will get a lot out of it, too. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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