Friday, July 21, 2017

Weird But True Know-It-All: U.S. Presidents by Brianna Dumont, illustrated by Adrian Lubbers [Review & Giveaway]

Durable Softcover $12.99
Ages 8-12
ISBN: 9781426327964
My thoughts:  National Geographic Kids Books is debuting titles that are perfect for celebrating not only our country’s amazing history, but learning more about our founding fathers — and those that followed in their footsteps. Weird but true! Know-it-all U.S.Presidents is simply packed with interestiing bits of information about each of the U.S. presidents. Some of it is funny, some intriguing, and some basic information about their presidency. It is quite a treat to learn some of this hitherto little known information. Some bears witness to the greatness of the man and some bears witness that they were simply humans with flawed personalities just as the rest of us are.

While this probably wouldn't be considered a go-to source for research papers, it certainly could be a springboard for such. Also, delving into the pages of this book will most certainly whet the appetite to learn more and dig deeper into the recesses of history.

This will make super reading (to stave off the dark pit of the summer slump) during the summer and then a handy resource for projects during the school year.

I highly recommend.

About the book:  Weird But True Know-It-All: U.S. Presidents by Brianna Dumont, illustrated by Adrian Lubbers (ages 8-12, $12.99, June 2017) - What's so weird about U.S. presidents? Plenty! Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a great wrestler? That Ulysses S. Grant got a speeding ticket riding his horse – twice! Or that Benjamin Harrison was afraid of electricity? And let's not forget that President McKinley had a pet parrot that whistled "Yankee Doodle Dandy" duets with him. Every president — from the 1st to the 45th — is spotlighted, featuring important historical information alongside vignette’s highlighting the oddities of each prez. “Extras” include an introduction that delves into the powers of the President, Congress, Supreme Court, an explanation as to how the electoral college works, a glossary, an index and even a listing of the Presidents’ most outrageous pranks.
Begins July 22
ENDS August 11 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA addresses only
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from MMPublicity on behalf of National Geographic Kids Books and the author to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and freely given.


  1. 1. Abraham Lincoln split logs.
    2. George Washington wore false teeth.
    3. Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt were cousins.

  2. 1. George Washington was first President
    2. George H. W. Bush's son became President also
    3. John Kennedy handled the Cuban Missile Crisis

  3. 1. Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia
    2. Ulysses S. Grant got a speeding ticket on a horse
    3. John F. Kennedy won a Pulitzer Prize

  4. President Kennedy had a specific rocking chair the helped with his back issues. President Carter was a peanut farmer. President Clinton was the first president to play a saxophone on national television.

  5. 1. Ronald Reagan was a former movie star and tv personality.
    2. William McKinley was assasinated 6 months into his second term.
    3. Richard Nixon left office to avoid impeachment and the Watergate scandal.

  6. 1.William Howard Taft was the heaviest president at 300 pounds and once got stuck in the white house bathtub.

    2 James Madison was the smallest president, weighing less than 100 pounds

    3 Benjamin Harrison was the first president to attend a baseball game.

  7. I love random facts so I know I'd enjoy this book! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday at this week!

  8. 1. Abe Lincoln kept important papers in his hat.
    2. George Washington wore poorly fitting false teeth.
    3. George Bush is from Texas.

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  9. 1. Grant refused to make political speeches when campaigning.
    2. Jackson rode a donkey in a political cartoon and since then the Democratic Party has been associated with that animal.
    3. In 1904 when he won the presidency, Theodore Roosevelt said he would not run for a second term.

  10. 1. Ronald Reagan joked that he "forgot to duck" when talking about his assassination attempt.
    2. Theodore Roosevelt cared about environmental protection and established many national parks.
    3. George W. Bush paints Veterans portraits and sells the proceeds to help wounded soldiers.


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