Book Review: Kid in Chief by Paul Maguire.

Title: Kid in Chief

Author: Paul Maguire

Illustrator: Katy Betz

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Shelf: Read-in-2012, Children, 3-out-of-5, NetGalley-Read, Kindle-eBook

Release Date: 6 November 2012

Synopsis: “When third-grader Bobby Barton visits Washington, D.C. on a class trip, he doesn’t know he will walk away with a chance to become the leader of our nation. It’s on that trip that Bobby finds a missing part of the United States Constitution telling him how he could become President! Soon after making this discovery, Bobby moves into the White House as the youngest American President in history. With his friends Maria Cagney (Bobby’s Vice-President) and Kevin Sawyer (his Chief of Staff), Bobby is faced with many important decisions, confusing situations, and exciting adventures. Bobby quickly finds out that being President is a very tough job. Join him as he and his friends learn all about how the government works, having loads of fun along the way!” (Taken from Goodreads)

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This 80 page children’s book was an extremely quick read that I found I was unable to put down. It was so much fun following Bobby, a third grade kid who won a game of checkers to win the presidency of the USA. Bobby was a lovely character who I found very endearing. He was truly a kid, and I found he was characterised properly by Maguire. Adults writing from the point-of-view as a child is very hard, especially getting it right and not making them seem more juvenile than they really are. Children are never as dumb as some many believe, and I think this book captures that perfectly. Some children could potentially be president – heck, some are probably more viable for the position than a lot of adults in this world.

I’m also extremely flattered that Paul Maguire took time out of his day to contact me. He seems like such a wonderful person, and I am very excited to check out his future projects. A follow up to his first book, ‘Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger‘ is due out in February 2013.

For more news on author Paul Maguire and his books, visit him at

THANKS TO: Smith Publicity on Netgalley and Paul Maguire for the book for review.


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