cover image The Art of the Possible: An Everyday Guide to Politics

The Art of the Possible: An Everyday Guide to Politics

Edward Keenan, illus. by Julie McLaughlin. Owlkids (PGW, dist.), $16.95 (64p) ISBN 978-1-77147-068-1

Keenan offers an easygoing overview of the political arena, beginning with an introduction to types of government, followed by a more conceptual exploration of political ideology, authority, and the roles of citizens. A young man and woman reappear throughout McLaughlin’s illustrations, seen engaging in debate, contemplating their political leanings, and learning along with readers. Case studies dig deeper into the material—Keenan profiles Jane Jacobs as a demonstration of active citizenship, and a look at George W. Bush’s first term and the impact of 9/11 touches on the limits of presidential power. While primarily focused on American politics, Keenan weaves in global topics, such as the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, which is used as an example of the influence of public opinion. It’s a demystifying resource that encourages readers to take interest and take action. Ages 10–14. (Sept.)