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The next president : the unexpected beginnings and unwritten future of America's presidents / Kate Messner ; [illustrations] Adam Rex.

Messner, Kate, (author.). Rex, Adam, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library J 973.099 MES (Text) 33500013260641 New Checked out 10/06/2020
Lake Park LINK Site J 973.099 MES (Text) 33500013260658 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781452174884
  • ISBN: 1452174881
  • Physical Description: 41 pages : color illustrations ; 25 x 31 cm
  • Publisher: San Francisco, California : Chronicle Kids, Chronicle Books, [2020]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 40-41).
Summary, etc.:
A quick introduction to the U. S. Presidents using a unique reference of time.
Target Audience Note:
Grades 4-6.
Ages 8-12.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2
    *Starred Review* Who will be the next president? As political analysts debate contenders, the odds are that at least 10 of our future presidents are alive today. And three are probably kids right now! While most children's books about presidents are a rundown of isolated facts, this clever informational picture book makes connections among presidents and their successors who were alive at the same time in 1789, 1841, 1897, and 1961. For instance, when John F. Kennedy was elected in 1961, the next 10 presidents were also alive. Realistic, digitally enhanced illustrations and short text boxes with plenty of surprises reveal that Gerald Ford was serving in Congress; Ronald Reagan was working as a TV host; Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump were all teenagers attending school; and Barack Obama was newly born. Between each section is additional lesser-known but engaging presidential trivia, from Abraham Lincoln's Mississippi riverboat stint to Calvin Coolidge's pet pygmy hippo. In the end, Messner returns to readers with a hopeful vision, underscoring that while historically presidents have been wealthy, white, Protestant men, anyone from a variety of backgrounds—including YOU—might be the next president. Rex's final illustration, featuring individuals of different ages, races, religions, and sexual orientations, emphasizes the point. An ingenious exploration of presidents that will encourage children to consider their own futures. Grades 2-5. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2
    *Starred Review* Who will be the next president? As political analysts debate contenders, the odds are that at least 10 of our future presidents are alive today. And three are probably kids right now! While most children's books about presidents are a rundown of isolated facts, this clever informational picture book makes connections among presidents and their successors who were alive at the same time in 1789, 1841, 1897, and 1961. For instance, when John F. Kennedy was elected in 1961, the next 10 presidents were also alive. Realistic, digitally enhanced illustrations and short text boxes with plenty of surprises reveal that Gerald Ford was serving in Congress; Ronald Reagan was working as a TV host; Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump were all teenagers attending school; and Barack Obama was newly born. Between each section is additional lesser-known but engaging presidential trivia, from Abraham Lincoln's Mississippi riverboat stint to Calvin Coolidge's pet pygmy hippo. In the end, Messner returns to readers with a hopeful vision, underscoring that while historically presidents have been wealthy, white, Protestant men, anyone from a variety of backgrounds—including YOU—might be the next president. Rex's final illustration, featuring individuals of different ages, races, religions, and sexual orientations, emphasizes the point. An ingenious exploration of presidents that will encourage children to consider their own futures. Grades 2-5. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Kate Messner is an award-winning author whose many books for kids have been selected as Best Books by the New York Times, Junior Library Guild, IndieBound, and Bank Street College of Education. She lives on Lake Champlain with her family.

Adam Rex is the author and illustrator of many beloved picture books and novels, including Nothing Rhymes with Orange and the New York Times bestseller Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. He has worked with the likes of Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Jeff Kinney, and Neil Gaiman. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Subject: Presidents > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
United States > Politics and government > Juvenile literature.
Presidents.
United States.
Presidents.
United States > Politics and government.
Genre: Biographies.
Juvenile works.
Biographies.
Picture books.

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