Weird but True Know-It-All: U.S. Presidents Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-02 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" This is such a fun book. I love it and so do my kids! Sometimes history books can be boring, but this one is a great page-turner and helps bring history alive. Full review for National Geographic Kids can be found here: " said.

"Whether or not you have a favorite President you will be stunned by the weird facts surrounding some of our most interesting Commanders-In-Chief.

James Abram Garfield thought all men were created equal. As a result, he hid run-away slaves and gave folks like Frederick Douglass opportunities in government. James Earl Carter, Jr. could speed read at a rate of 2,000 words a minute. George Herbert Walker Bush banned broccoli from Air Force One, and Andrew Johnson taught himself to read while listening to customers at a tailor shop where he sewed clothes for 12 hours per day. President Obama read all seven Harry Potter Books with his daughters and loves to collect Spider-Man comics. Basically, most Presidents were just real people with a few quirks.

Parents, teachers and kids will love this fact filled history of our Presidents. Photos, and colorful illustrations teach readers about life during the term of each of the featured Presidents. Readers will be surprised to see fun facts about Obama and even Trump, our most recent elected Presidents. Special categories include Smart Stuff, Why He’s Weird, and Oval Awful, provide funny and interesting quick facts.
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"What's weird about US Presidents? Plenty. Some more than others, of course.

Martin Van Buren helped popularize the phrase OK. His nickname was Old Kinderhook and so his crowds of supporters would chant OK and eventually it became known to mean all correct.

Back when Zachary Taylor was President the receiver paid the postage and since Taylor didn't like spending money, he didn't always pick up his mail. He didn't find out that he was nominated President until a month after it happened.

As you can see, it's not necessarily "weird" facts, but little-known facts. I enjoyed reading the book and will keep it on our American History shelf. There is a 2-4 page spread on each President except Obama who gets six (He has read all the Harry Potter books aloud to his daughters!) and Trump who got one (detailing how he got his money from his Dad, lost it and earned it back).

This book is image heavy with lots of blurbs and sidebars, it makes it difficult to read through in one sitting, but I think would work well on your shelf to pull down and read alongside your American History study one President at a time.

Weird But True Know-It-All: U.S. Presidents Paperback – July 4, 2017
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"Even though we didn't have a Presidential election this month, it's still a good time to share a fabulous book about the U.S. Presidents, past and present.

These WEIRD BUT TRUE books are always a hit with kids. Whenever I am subbing they are the first ones chosen from my book bag during free reading time. They are fun and informative and the kids don't even realize they are learning something every time they read it.

This book begins with facts about the job of President of the United States in general. Then it features every U.S. President and their own little-known facts. The bobblehead like caricatures of the Presidents on every page are awesome!

I looked up a couple of Presidents including Herbert Hoover, the only President from Iowa. The Hoover Dam was named for him, he was not in attendance when it opened because he wasn't invited. Even though his Presidency was during a difficult time in our history, he was still an interesting and intelligent man. He and his wife learned enough Mandarin to be able to speak it to each other during White House events so people couldn't understand what they were saying. Our family's favorite President is Ronald Reagan so I didn't think I would learn anything new about him, but I did! I knew he liked to joke around, and before he went into surgery after being shot by John Hinckley, Jr. he asked the doctors if they were all Republicans.

The end of the book offers some peeks into the life of the Presidents after they leave office. I didn't know that President George H.W. Bush has since jumped out of a plane at the ages of 80, 85, and 90. Herbert Hoover and JFK both donated their salaries while in office to charity.

As you can imagine there is much to learn and laugh about in this book. There are some really great historical moments as well as personal ones that will engage the children and their parents. This would make a great gift for a teacher to have for her classroom.
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" 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.

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.
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