By William C. Marks
Illustrations by Erin Gennow
Copyright © 2009
A pig named Rhyme, who only speaks in rhyme, is elected to the Sty Council, after promising the residents of his town, Muck, that Dirt Doesn’t Hurt. While Rhyme finds success in politics (building hundreds of pigpens and keeping the streets dirty), he decides to take time off during an adventurous move to the city of Joyville. When Rhyme is gone, his archrival, Ulysses S. Grunt, is elected Penator and Grunt cleans up the streets, much to the disappointment of the pigs of Muck. In the meantime, Rhyme likes Joyville but he misses the dirt of Muck. He returns and is elected Penator, defeating Grunt. Once again, the streets of Muck are dirty and every pig is happy.
Will Marks’ clever text and Erin Gennow’s wonderful illustrations provide an amusing and educational story of Rhyme, a pig in politics. Through Rhyme’s clever dialect, children and parents alike will enjoy some of the great speeches in history. In fact, at the end of the book, on a “Source” page, readers learn that all of Rhyme’s speeches are strikingly similar to those given by Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Lou Gehrig, Winston Churchill, Douglas MacArthur, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan.