Election! by Dan Gutman


Once you know it, it’s not that complicated.  

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

Explaining to kids the secrets of the US way to elect a president-

Language I read the book in: English

Did I like it? Yes

For children who: want to know more about the US system of electing the US President.


My thoughts: 

Dan Gutman has quite a knack for explaining the election process that until now seemed complicated and inexplicable to me. As a European I don’t know much about it, but at the same time am not willing to read some dry political essay about how that system works. This book came in handy and it was a useful guide.

It works with questions and answers; questions that children would ask, and answers that are simple enough for them to understand, but still not simplifying too much.

Dan Gutman goes a bit back into the history here and there and throws in little tidbits of information and trivia, like who started campaigning, who won the electoral vote even though they lost the popular vote etc. Quite interesting!

I liked that he also tried to pass along the message to his readers how important it is to vote and how you should go about it, i.e. how to make informed decisions and not just believe what TV ads tell them.

All in all I think this is a very helpful book for children in the US to understand a bit more about how presidential elections work. The other target group would be people like me, non-US adults who want to know a bit about this topic but are unwilling to read tons of detailed administrative papers. That little, basic knowledge, prepared for children, was just the right thing for me.


USA map

Map from wikipedia.org

Movie tip

All the President’s Men (1976)

Product info and buy link :

Title Election!
Author Dan Gutman
Publisher Open Road Media
ISBN n/a
I got this book from Netgalley
Buy link Buy Election! at Open Road Media (out August 21)

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

4 Comments Write a comment

    • Like you I often wondered how this system works and now I know a bit more. The way Dan Gutman explains it, especially with the varying number of electors for each state, it makes kind of sense, but there would be ways to improve it, I am sure.
      Yes, it is completely different from what I know as well, but this is just one of these things where (Continental) European and American views simply clash a bit.


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