Kids say the darndest things. And sometimes, too, the wisest. In Beck and Robin Feiner’s new book, If I Was Prime Minister, we’re treated to a glimpse of what Australia would look like if we put our kids in charge. And, boy is it tempting! In fact, I reckon our pollies in Canberra could learn a thing or two. Take, for example, Esme’s sage advice to “make sure half our leaders were girls”, Luca’s tip to “build tree houses in the parks so that people who don’t have anywhere to live have somewhere cosy and safe to sleep” and Winnie’s idea to “build a fleet of submarine garbage collectors to clean up the sea”. Not bad, hey?!? Though If I Was Prime Minister is undoubtedly a children’s book (my kids loved imagining what they’d do as PM just as much as they loved the illustrations of a hotdog with a moustache and a koala doing karate), it’s definitely not just for kids. Adults, too, will find themselves applauding the author’s and illustrator’s clever use of satire, imagining ‘what if’ and screaming loudly, ‘Come on Canberra!’.
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If I Was Prime Minister was co-created by visual communication graduate Beck Feiner and her husband Robin.