A message from Joey Pigza, Democratic presidential candidate

Joey Pigza candidate

I’m not going to lie: being “wired” runs in my family. I always need to be active, so quick access to doctors and the right meds and Band-Aids is really important to keep me calm. My mom taught me to think about good things when I’m starting to get out of control, and there is […]

A message from Octavian Nothing, Democratic presidential candidate

Octavian Nothing candidate

Brethren and patriots of our vaunted nation: Having decimated the rampant scourge of smallpox and heaved off the yoke of Mother England (the term so used by myself in ironic jest, for not hardly could the warm constitution of motherhood be aptly applied to that monarchical State), I regret to affirm that we find ourselves […]

KidLit Election 2012: Republican primary results are in!

Jamie Kincaid candidate

The Republican party is honored to announce the 2012 election ticket: presidential nominee Jamie Kincaid and running mate Edward Cullen. The battle was hard-fought, with a certain avian write-in candidate flying very close to the top spot. And don’t count out Janie Gibbs for a run in 2016 — BOOM! Below, Mr. Kincaid and Mr. […]

KidLit Election 2012: Republican primary polls OPEN NOW

Republican candidates for president

Our Republican candidates Edward Cullen, Jamie Kincaid, and Janie Gibbs have presented their presidential platforms for your consideration. (A fourth candidate has withdrawn.) Now it’s time to make your voice heard! Voting on the Republican ballot opens now and closes at noon tomorrow, Friday, August 31st. We invite you to campaign for your favorite candidate […]

A message from Janie Gibbs, Republican presidential candidate

Janie Gibbs candidate

My presidential candidacy can be summed up in one word: boom! Most politicians are liars and, as my friend Harriet would say, finks, but I’m here to blow the lid off government by taking a hard line against parents, phonies, and forced participation in dance class. I’m a scientist, but not one of those do-gooder […]

A message from The Pigeon, Republican presidential candidate

Do not vote for the Pigeon

  Right now Washington politics is for the birds! No one there can agree on anything. Nothing EVER gets accomplished. And pige— I mean, people don’t get what they want! In the past, I’ve been a victim of this injustice. I’ve lived on the streets and known hardship. But I’m no longer willing to sit […]

A message from Jamie Kincaid, Republican presidential candidate

Jamie Kincaid candidate

I may be rich, but I know the importance of fiscal responsibility. I got where I am today by scrimping and saving — my allowance, birthday money, Christmas money, occasional gambling winnings… It’s undecent for our government to spend taxpayers’ hard-earned money willy-nilly on extravagances like hot fudge sundaes and welfare programs. As a nation […]

A message from Edward Cullen, Republican presidential candidate

Edward Cullen candidate

You talk about your freedom, your independence, but I know what you really want: protection. Not just from the random cars and predators that dog your path, but from your own weak self and unholy cravings. I will always be with you. My voice, my hypnotic eyes, the magnetic force of my personality — all […]

KidLit Election 2012

Horn Book KidLit Elections 2012

As November draws near, The Horn Book debates a very serious question: what children’s literature character should be president? This week, four Republican candidates will present their presidential platforms for your consideration. Advocate for your candidate of choice or nominate another — civil discourse only, please! — in the comments; you’ll also be able to […]

Ghost in the Machine

art by Diane Landry; photo by Richard Asch

  Here I am wandering amidst the wonder that is Diane Landry’s Knight of Infinite Resignation (which made me a lot happier than it did the artist if the title is anything to go by), on display at Mass MoCA as part of their “Oh, Canada” exhibition. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a […]