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Kid Presidents : True Tales of Childhood from America's Presidents
by David Stabler and Doogie Horner


Overview - Forget the legends. Ignore the tall tales. The kids whogrew up to be president weren t superheroes. They hadregular-kid problems just like you. John F. Kennedy hatedhis big brother. Lyndon Johnson pulled pranks in class.Barack Obama was bothered by bullies.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Forget the legends. Ignore the tall tales. The kids whogrew up to be president weren t superheroes. They hadregular-kid problems just like you. John F. Kennedy hatedhis big brother. Lyndon Johnson pulled pranks in class.Barack Obama was bothered by bullies. And Bill Clintonwas crazy clumsy (he once broke his leg jumping rope).Kid Presidents tells all of their stories and more with full-colorcartoon illustrations on every page. History has neverbeen this much fun "

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781594747311
  • ISBN-10: 1594747318
  • Publisher: Quirk Books
  • Publish Date: October 2014
  • Page Count: 224
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Series: Kid Legends #1

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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Presidents & First Families (U.S
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - United States/General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-09-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

“Every president in United States history started out like you and me,” writes Stabler (a pseudonym for author Robert Schnakenberg), before going on to prove it. The stories he’s assembled show how the young lives of the men who became president encompassed nearly everything that kids go through today, including blended families (Lincoln), helicopter parenting (F.D.R.), crushes (Nixon), bullies (Eisenhower, Kennedy), being the new kid (Obama), and odd obsessions that drive parents crazy (“Herbert Hoover once ate nothing but pears for two whole days”). The text is straightforward, upbeat, and resolutely apolitical, organized into easy-to-digest sections that alternate between stories of individual presidents and roundups on themes like chores, jobs, and what teachers thought of the presidents as students. “When you grow up, you’re either going to be governor or get in a lot of trouble,” said Bill Clinton’s sixth-grade teacher (though no citation for this or any other quotation is provided). Horner’s spot cartoons ensure readers won’t mistake this for a history textbook and contribute some funny metafictional moments: “We need strawberries!” says Theodore Roosevelt’s mother in one drawing. “Stop waving to the readers and go!” Ages 8–12. (Oct.)

 
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