Fergus and Zeke for President (Fergus and Zeke)

by Kate Messner (Author) Heather Ross (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Fergus and Zeke

Can classroom mice Fergus and Zeke work together to finish their project on American presidents--even when Zeke gets bossy?

It's Presidents' Day, and all the students in Miss Maxwell's classroom are choosing their special projects. Classroom pets Fergus and Zeke want to participate, too! Zeke appoints himself president of their cage. But the power goes a bit to his head, and his "leading" and "supervising" leave Fergus to do all the work.

Will these two mice be able to agree on what makes a good president--and a good friend--in time to turn in their project with the rest of the class?

Humorously illustrated and sprinkled with presidential trivia, this fifth title in the delightful series is a winning candidate.

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Kirkus Reviews

A wholesome, solid story with fun characters.

Review quotes

The kids—and the use of historical and presidential facts—are a backdrop to the engaging storyline of Zeke's comedically flawed (and likably relatable) self-centeredness, but the value-driven thematic inspiration is an effective motivator for Fergus' assertiveness. The resulting combination of silliness and broad-strokes idealism creates a rounded story structure. . . A wholesome, solid story with fun characters.
—Kirkus Reviews
Kate Messner
Christopher Silas Neal is an award-winning illustrator and author who regularly contributes to the New York Times, The New Yorker, and creates book covers for various publishers. He has directed short animated videos for Kate Spade and Anthropologie and was awarded a medal from the Society of Illustrators for his work in motion graphics.

He illustrated the acclaimed picture books Over and Under the Snow and Lifetime, both of which explore the natural world. Over and Under the Snow, with author Kate Messner was praised for its "stunning retro-style illustrations" (New York Times), was a 2011 New York Times Editor's Choice and won an E.B. White Honor Award in 2012. He recently contributed art to New York Times Best Seller, Goodnight Songs a collection of poems by author of Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown. Neal's self-authored book debut "Everyone" will be published by Candlewick press in 2015.

He exhibits drawings at galleries and speaks at events around the world. He currently works and lives in Brooklyn and teaches Illustration at Pratt Institute.

Kate Messner is the author of the E. B. White Award-winning The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. She lives in Plattsburgh, New York.
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Guided Reading Level
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication date
May 20, 2023
Fergus and Zeke
BISAC categories
JUV002180 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
JUV035000 - Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
JUV045000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Chapter Books
Library of Congress categories
Teacher-student relationships

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