See How They Run

I vote for this book for every classroom.   -Joanna H. Kraus, Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York in The Oakland Tribune









A presidential election is coming up and everyone is talking about it – on TV, in class, over the dinner table.  Lots of talk, but what does it mean?  See How They Run explains our country’s elective process— from the birth of our democracy and the Electoral College to front porch campaigning and hanging chads.  Also, how and why kids might want to get involved.  Democracy is serious business, but you can laugh and learn at the same time.


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I myself happily disappeared behind the book’s covers for a good hour, discovering what I never knew about presidential history and the Electoral College.  Peter Neumeyer, The Boston Globe

This witty ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ style book uses easy-to-understand examples to explain nearly every aspect of the voting process.  The New York Post

Many primary and intermediary teachers often ask…for suggestions regarding civics materials…See How They Run is the perfect supplement. — University of Virginia, Center for Politics

Informative, entertaining, and timely, this is a fine example of how well-conceived humor can make a potentially complicated topic not only more appealing, but also more comprehensible and even inspiring. –School Library Journal 

It’s election time again; and, just in time to explain it all…comes a wonderful new work of nonfiction from the unstoppable team that brought us The Truth About Poop and Gee Whiz. After much ado about body functions, it’s only fitting that these two geniuses would try their hand at politics, right?  –Michelle Charles, Kid’s Book Corner, WHDD AM radio 1020


One section of See How They Run deals with politicians insulting each other. Sometimes this name-calling can backfire.  Democrat Stephen A. Douglas once called his Republican rival, Abraham Lincoln, “two-faced.” Lincoln’s rely?  “If I had another face, do you think I could wear this one?” Elwood H. Smith decided to illustrate the story with this picture.  Lincoln’s face in on the right and his famous top hat on the left. Whose face is in the middle? It’s Elwood’s!