So You Want to Be President?

By Judith St. George and David Small

Hi! Happy President’s Day! Today, I will be doing a special review just for President’s Day called So You Want to Be President? Well, this review’s going to be a little bit different from my other reviews. I’m going to give you a few pros of being president that are mentioned in this book and then a few cons. But then you’re going to have to read this book to find out more in order to decide if you want to be president or if you don’t want all that responsibility.

Here are a few pros about being president. You get a live in a big white house called “The White House.” You have a whole bunch of game rooms, like a swimming pool, bowling alley, and more! You also don’t have to take out the garbage (like my brother does), and you get to eat whatever you want. That sounds pretty good, right? But, that’s not all! You’ll have to read this book to find out more.

Here are some cons about being president. You have to dress up in a really fancy outfit everyday. You have to be polite to everyone - even people who are mean to you. You also have lots of homework. You’ll have to read this book to find out more about the cons of being president.

Also, you don’t just get to BE president. You have to actually RUN for president and beat a whole bunch of other people. If you want to be a president, your size doesn’t matter. James Madison was the smallest president: 5’4” and only 100 pounds! William Howard Taft was the biggest: he weighed more than 300 pounds! He had a special tub built for him in the White House, and four full-grown men could fit in the tub!

Age also doesn’t matter (but you do have to be at least 35). Theodore Roosevelt, at 42 years old, was the youngest president. And Ronald Reagan was the oldest. When he ran for president, he was 69! (This book was written before Donald Trump became president. Donald Trump is actually the oldest. He was 70 years old when he took office.) 

Your personality also doesn’t matter. Some presidents are the joking types, and some are the serious, let’s get down to business types. Your looks also don’t necessarily matter. People don’t vote for the best-looking hair. 

This isn’t something that you have to have to be a president, but having a president in your family tree really helps your chances. In fact, most of the presidents had a president in their family! It just goes to show that no matter how big, how tall, or how small you are, you can still be a president!

So, after everything we’ve gone through in this review, do you still want to be president? As I always say, read the book to find out!

A few helpful things I like to say about the books I read:

“Run and Get Mom” (how I describe the scariness factor – zero being not scary at all and five being majorly scary): 0

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“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor – zero having no yucky-lovey parts in it and five having major yucky-lovey parts): 0 (Of course! It’s a president book!)


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I give this book 5 wands
This was a great book and it showed me a lot more than I knew about presidents. And it also showed me where to put president on my list of jobs I want. (It’s #2!)