Gizmo 4 President, by Suzanne Kline and Dulce Da Costa | Dedicated Review
Sponsored by 2 Paws Up Studios
The Children’s Book Review | July 2, 2020
Illustrated by Jim Hunt
Age Range: 5-12
Hardcover: 46 pages
Publisher: 2 Paws Up Studios (April 3, 2020)
What to expect: Dogs, Surfing, Environmentalism, Civics, and Activism
Gizmo 4 President is packed with summer fun, doggy pals, messages of eco-conservation and activism, and even includes a lesson in civics.
There is nowhere Gizmo would rather be than hanging ten from his surfboard, sharing waves with friends, and keeping the beach clean. But when Gizmo reads the news on his iPaw tablet and discovers that local, wannabe surfer dog Riley is running as a new canine candidate for the presidential race, the activity at Tide Rider Beach ramps up. Known for being unkind and not keeping the beach clean, Riley is not a popular choice for president. Gizmo’s wise friend Professor Otty suggests that Gizmo, with his eco-conscious and kind attitude, run for president. Along with his female running-mate, Kaia, Gizmo makes it his mission to spread happiness and save the oceans. But which dog will win the election? The unpopular dog whose tactics look a lot like bullying or the pup putting forward a campaign full of heart?
Written by literacy advocate Suzanne Kline and family psychotherapist Dulce Da Costa, this book packs a punch. And thanks to the summer vibes, it would be perfectly paired with some fruit punch right after storytime. The authors have created an entertaining and exciting tale that also manages to impart strong themes that will have kids feeling inspired to stay involved and make a difference in their communities. The book’s most prominent themes include coastal conservation, kindness, and learning to vote for a cause.
“Everyone, in every country, remembered that happiness begins with caring about our planet’s future.”
Jim Hunt’s cartoon-style illustrations add to the fun with a joyful beachy feel. The artwork and text also provide extra giggles to the adults who may pick up on similarities to current affairs. For an added educational element, words highlighted in blue throughout the book are included in the glossary, and range from ambassador to kook to lobbying to pristine.
While Gizmo 4 President will make a strong connection with dog lovers and young beach bums, this swell book is excellent for all young readers heading into an election year.
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About the Authors
Suzanne Kline is a champion for volunteering with children s reading and literacy programs, actively promotes pet therapy awareness and social and emotional learning initiatives.
Kline’s inspiration to co-author the newest book, Gizmo 4 President! was born out of a mission to empower children to share their innovative ideas to help the environment. The book encourages kids to use their voices to become leaders in their way.
She hopes that America’s children will join in Gizmo’s leadership campaign and become ambassadors for marine life conservation.
Suzanne, along with surfer pup Gizmo, is committed to expanding efforts in donating books to more schools in this crucial election year. She is giving her book royalties to support The Surf’s Up Gizmo Children’s Foundation, Inc., so every child can have the opportunity to discover the love of reading.
Dulce Da Costa, LCSW is a Florida-based family psychotherapist.
Dulce has over twenty years of clinical experience working with children, adults, and families in public and private practice settings. She was born in Portugal and has traveled, lived, and worked in several European countries. She enjoys working with diverse populations, different ethnicities, backgrounds, and lifestyles and is proficient in Portuguese, Spanish, and French.
Dulce lives in Florida and most recently teamed up with children s author, Suzanne Kline, and co-authored Gizmo, 4 President! The book is a fun adventure about Gizmo, the canine surfing presidential candidate!
Read our exclusive interview: Suzanne Kline and Dulce Da Costa Discuss Gizmo 4 President!
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