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If I Ran the Country Review

Updated: Aug 9

My dad bought us this book as we’re always asking about what does the prime minister actually do. To be honest I thought it was going to be quite boring but it actually wasn’t. The book helps you understand how a government is made, what they do and the difficult decisions they have to make but rather than just being a fact book it does by inviting you to be part of it.


I actually found it really funny in parts and what’s great is it doesn’t dumb it down too much so it feels condescending like other ‘explained for kids’ books. I like how the book gets me to think about myself as a person, what’s more important to me and made me change the way I think about things. Like understanding that as a leader not all the decisions you make will be popular ones and how you can deal with this.


I didn’t have high hopes for this book when I saw the title but actually this is a more interesting book than you would think. This isn’t for anyone interested in politics – I would say if you are interested in being a boss or a leader or an organiser then you should have a read of Rich Knights book. Nice illustrations throughout as well. If it was a bit shorter I would give this a 5 star rating however it’s a nice read where you learn something about politics and also about yourself, two for one!

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