Mayor Pete: The Story of Pete Buttigieg will need to be updated by the time this comes out in July. The book ends on him being a Presidential Candidate. Otherwise, Rob Sanders wrote a fun introduction to the man few know about before that candidacy was announced.
A hint of classic illustrations with a modern feel to go along with it is what you will see with Levi Hastings illustrations. It looks like something you would see from the late 1960s or 1970s. Yet, the subject is very modern. The introduction to his sexuality and his husband is obvious, but presented a matter of fact: he came out, he got married to a man. The story is straight forward facts, some color-commentary but not over the top or preachy. It reminded me of the Jimmy Carter picture book of recent. It was a biography about a person the author admired. The rest is just information. No big deal.
Buttigieg might seem like an odd subject for a picture book, but it is longer and meant for older kids. This would work well in a classroom for grades second to third. You could even use it to help organize ideas and thoughts for older students. Unless you were a supporter of the man or knew who he was as you were of his community, this is not going to be the easiest of read-aloud books. Yet, it would be done if taken slowly.
While is should not be used to see what his platform would have (or could have) been, it is a biography. And should help get Buttigieg and his name even more out in the publics eye. Even non-supporters can enjoy. Part of the Who Did It First? Book series.