Kid President Tells You How to Be More Awesome With New Book

Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome by Brad Montague and Robby Novak
Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome
by Brad Montague and Robby Novak

Kid President has a vision for America, one of ferocious positivity. And corn dogs. Robby Novak — now 11 years old — and his older brother-in-law Brad Montague created the character in 2012.

In a series of YouTube videos, Robby appears in a suit and speaks to America from a cardboard Oval Office. He extolls the virtues of corn dogs, interprets Robert Frost, and delivers pep talks to America. The videos quickly became an Internet sensation, garnering tens of millions of views.

Now, Robby and his brother-in-law have co-written a book that comes out next week: Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome. “As much as it’s been exciting for us to see the audience connect with the things we make online, you just can’t hold that in your hand,” Montague tells NPR’s Rachel Martin. “We’re really excited to sort of see how this might activate our audience to do good.”

Interview Highlights

Montague on his collaborative conversations with Robby

We would go and eat lunch together and we would talk about different topics like hunger, or helping your neighbor, or different heavy things, and that’s how we make the video — that’s how we do everything. It’s the result of a conversation between a kid and a grownup.

Robby on living with brittle bone disease

It’s when some people break easier than other kids — like I’ve broken over 70 bones, which is pretty crazy … but now, I don’t break as much because muscle protects bone, and I have a little bit more muscles now.

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