These easy-to-read titles provide basic introductions to various elected officials who govern at the federal, state, or local level. Each book explains the requirements of the positions as well as the duties of the jobs. Judges can be appointed or elected; congresspeople must be 25 years old; the president directs the armed forces; and governors run the executive branch of the states. Interesting facts are included: Judges can conduct weddings; most state attorneys general are elected; and congresspeople get free parking at the airport. All titles feature color photographs representing the diversity of people in the various offices. VERDICT This series provides sufficient introductory information on federal, state, and local officials that will be of value in the election year and beyond.