The Retired Kid by Jon Agee (Ages 4-8)

"It's been a wonderful eight years… but I need a break," says Brian, exhausted from school, soccer and broccoli-eating. Toting golf clubs, he boards a plane to Florida.

At the Happy Sunset Retirement Community, Brian plays cards, naps in undisturbed turquoise pools and learns that retirement entails "looking at hundreds of snapshots of Myrtle's grandchildren, or watching long documentaries on TV"; he frowns at early-morning yoga and gags on "prune juice smoothies." But retired living has its challenges, especially when you're sixty years younger than everybody else!

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A lighthearted, fact-filled look at elections in the United States. The engaging conversational narrative and funny cartoons lend appealing irreverence...