Parks and Recreation: Leslie for Class President! by Robb Pearlman

Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

This gem from Robb Pearlman features the cast from the famous TV show Parks and Recreation but as children. Those familiar with the show will appreciate the appearance of objects in the backgrounds that are significant to specific characters like tools for Ron Swanson, waffles for Leslie Knope, calzones for Ben Wyatt, a Little Sebastian pony on a shelf, a raccoon running out of the frame and more.

Even if you know nothing about Parks and Recreation, the book merits reading for the empowering message it sends. Leslie’s struggles to become class president introduce the reader to the importance of voting and believing in your ability to make a difference. She introduces the concepts of lobbying and bureaucracy to the reader as she makes promises to her friends in exchange for their vote. She eventually promises so much, she becomes overwhelmed and worries about her ability to make everyone happy. Put this book on hold and see how Ron, Ann, Ben, April, Andy, Donna, Tom, Chris, Jerry and even Jean-Ralphio and Mona Lisa tackle the class presidency and how the vote turns out!

Available through the Bridges Library System

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