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Appy Hour: Cat or Dog For President

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During the last presidential election there was a lot of discussion about political parties. How are they different ? How are they the same? Who, exactly would make the better leader of our country ?

Here is an entertaining book which helps answer these questions. Using the cat and dog in a brilliant analogy of what really happens during the political process, author Julia Dweck brings voting and campaigning to life through her creative rhymes and entertaining conclusions.

Cat and Dog For President

The illustrations are bright and colorful bringing a comic air to this smart book.

Usually a topic such as elections can be a difficult task to explain to children in an interesting manner. Not anymore with this winner of a book. We give Ā Cat or Dog for President two thumbs up and 5 stars. We loved it and highly recommend it to everyone !!

From Amazon: The narrator asks the intriguing question all Americans want answered: Who would win if a cat and dog ran for President of the United States? Cat and dog lovers will both agree that this is a fun rhyming tale with a political heart. Both sides of the campaign are humorously depicted in a clever way that young readers will relate to and understand. The illustrations are rich, bold and colorful. “Cat or Dog for President” will keep readers engaged and laughing from beginning to end.


Author Julia Dweck writes children’s stories for digital and traditional publication. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy, and edutainment in rhyme and in prose. Julia’s background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read about and what makes them giggle. Julia collaborates with some of the leading artists in the world of children’s literature. Julia is also a designer of educational adjuncts for children’s literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers.

Julia Dweck

Something To Do:

We combed the Internet looking for fun election-related activities to help your family jump into the Cat or Dog for President adventure: Here’s a few of our favorites. Enjoy!

First Grade Parade’s Mock Election

Mock Election

Here’s the link to the Presidential Fun Kit to create all these fun Election-themed activities.

Presidential Fun KitFun “Voter Registration” Forms

What a fun activity!

Teacher Selina Smith from Classroom Magic put together a whole days worth of activities with a Presidential theme. She has Reading, Writing, Math, and Social Studies activities that cover a variety of fun topics and ideas. Enjoy!

Classroom Magic

If I were President…

Go HERE to grab a complete and FREE copy of the entire unit.

What types of Election/Presidential activities has your family experienced?

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2 thoughts on “Appy Hour: Cat or Dog For President

  1. Hi Valarie, Julia Dweck linked your review into the Kid Lit Blog Hop and I’m so glad she did. I’m having fun exploring your website! We really enjoyed this book as well but seeing as we are in Canada, it didn’t feel as relevant to us, but the main theme is still universal. I also love how you included all the other resources too. I’m following you now! šŸ˜€

    1. Hi Renee,
      I knew this would be a problem for people who aren’t American but I couldn’t figure out a way to make it multi-national. Hopefully it gives some good ideas that one could apply to their election system wherever they live. I just love this book though. It is so fun and cute. It really held the attention of our young readers here.

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