"The Kid Who Ran for President" is written at a fifth-grade level. In the book, Judson Moon's candidacy takes off when his pledge to abolish homework invigorates an overlooked constituency, grade-school students with easily suggestible parents.
In 1996, prolific published "The Kid Who Ran for President," and while it is one of Gutman's best-selling books, it typically hovers around the 25,000 mark of most popular books on Amazon.
|"You're bound to laugh at Rainbow's 'Kid." —Las Vegas Review-Journal|
Book, music and lyrics by Jeremiah Clay Neal. Adapted from the books The Kid Who Ran for President and The Kid Who Became President by Dan Gutman.
Cast: 4m., 4w., 3 either gender. May be expanded to 21 roles and up to 50 actors. Judson Moon is 12 years old, and he's running for president of the YOU-nited States! Sound crazy? His best friend and campaign manager, Lane Brainard, with an emphasis on "Brain," is organizing a political campaign that will change the world as we know it! Raising money at a lemonade stand in front of Judson's house, the unlikely candidate gets some media attention that ignites the political voices of children around the nation. But running the country isn't like playing Nintendo; it requires immeasurable responsibility and courage. "Can you imagine a world where YOU were in charge?" But how could the leadership of a 12-year-old kid really handle the decisions of the commander in chief? In the end, it is the voice of a kid that decides the outcome of this exciting musical. Minimal set. Approximate Running Time: 75 minutes.
Cast Recording CD
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The author said “The Kid Who Ran for President” gets a bit of a bump every four years during a presidential election, but never anything like this. He last updated the book in time for the 2012 election, revising outdated references to now-obsolete technology like fax machines and CompuServe.
Gutman hasn’t written a book for Scholastic (which published “The Kid Who Ran for President”) in a decade, but his agent is already inquiring to see if the publisher might be able to capitalize on the burst of attention.