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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 5
  • Series: Ken Jennings' Junior Genius Guides
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442473320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442473324
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 3–5—One of several titles in Jeopardy! champion Jennings's new series, this book introduces readers to the ever bizarre and entertaining world of U.S. presidents. Jennings clearly knows his subjects well, cramming in fun facts, such as that Calvin Coolidge enjoyed having Vaseline rubbed on his head while eating breakfast in bed or that a young Bill Clinton shook hands with then-President John F. Kennedy at the White House. Serious topics, such as assassinations, are also discussed, but this is overall a light and upbeat read. Readers, particularly reluctant ones, will savor Lowery's doodlelike illustrations and will enjoy reading about the man who never finished high school (Andrew Johnson) and the President who taught himself to practice law (Abraham Lincoln). Fans of Mike Townsend's Where Do Presidents Come From (Dial, 2012) will reach for this one in a heartbeat, but where the draw of Townsend's graphic novel—style title was its illustrations, Jennings's work contains much more text. There are a few points where readers may become overwhelmed by the mid-page captions or graphics, but the writing style is extremely concise. Reader participation is encouraged throughout, as Jennings urges children to look up words and answer quiz questions. Those who are seemingly indifferent to nonfiction will devour this one. Don't expect to see it sit on the shelf for long.—Keith Klang, Port Washington Public Library, NY --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Ken Jennings grew up in Seoul, South Korea, where he became a daily devotee of the quiz show Jeopardy! In 2004, he successfully auditioned for a spot on the show and went on an unprecedented seventy-four game victory streak worth $2.52 million. Jennings’s book Brainiac, about his Jeopardy! adventures, was a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, as were his follow-up books Maphead and Because I Said So! Jennings lives outside Seattle with his wife, Mindy, his son, Dylan, his daughter, Caitlin, and a small, excitable dog named Chance.

Mike Lowery is an illustrator and fine artist whose work has been seen in galleries and publications internationally. Mike is the illustrator of Moo Hoo and Ribbit Rabbit by Candace Ryan; The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray; and the Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder novels by Jo Nesbø. Currently he is a professor of illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with a lovely German frau, Katrin, and his super genius daughter, Allister. Visit him at MikeLowery.com.

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My 7 year old daughter loves to read.
Erica
There are so many interesting facts and details that she now knows about the presidents.
Julia Chubb
This book is great for kids interested in history.
J. Kahn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wilson Warmack on July 2, 2014
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I am a huge advocate of learning and of trivia. Recently I have been on a US Presidents kick, buying up and reading many different books from different authors on the Presidents of the United States. In the last 2 months I have gone through 8 of the best selling US President trivia books and this one was by far my favorite.

It is difficult to write a trivia book because the author has to strike a balance between being brief (including what is important or interesting) and being too thorough (bordering on dry mundane details). More than any of the other trivia books on US Presidents that I read, Ken Jennings does an excellent job of covering his subject in a way that is interesting and fun while still imparting a substantial amount of knowledge. Even though the writing is clearly intended for a young audience (Junior Genius Guide) the content that is presented was still very interesting and engaging for an adult reader. One of the most enjoyable things about trivia is sharing it with others and this book had more moments where I paused to share an interesting or hilarious tidbit of information with my family than any of the other US President trivia books. The other major category where this book stands out is in accuracy. In covering 43 Presidents over 230+ years I have found mistakes in every single Presidential trivia book EXCEPT for this one. Probably because the author actually knows his material better than any of the other authors who rely on editors or historians to fact check.

Based on how much I enjoyed this book I have gone on and ordered all of his other Junior Genius Guides published to date. One day I look forward to sharing these with my kids as a way to encourage a love of learning. I can't wait to see more in this series. I only hope they all live up to the level of expectations set by this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pee_Truck on June 30, 2014
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My 6 year old son and I have been reading for a few minutes each evening this summer and we love this book! Full of facts that I, as a 36 year old educated person, didn't know!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Walch on February 3, 2015
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Filled with page upon page of presidential facts and trivia this well illustrated book may be aimed at a youthful audience but adults will also find it interesting. If you like offbeat facts and are into U.S. history this book will add to your storehouse of knowledge. Its a quick fun read from start to finish!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marta on June 23, 2014
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This book teaches so much more than just the basics about the presidents.
Great book for my advanced 6 year old grandson!
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By firstnoel on July 6, 2014
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Ken Jennings makes it fun to learn
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By Kelly Barrett on June 6, 2014
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I read this book out loud to my 2 boys (5 and 8) and they both loved it! We all learned a lot of new facts. I have recommended this book highly to my friends.
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This book is great for kids interested in history. There are several presidential trivia books out there, but this is the only one of its kind that is factually correct. The others seemed to have been researched on wikipedia or something as they are full of popular misconceptions.
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By P. Bowen on May 15, 2014
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My kids have really, really enjoyed these. They devoured them the first day they got them--and I will definitely pick up all of them that come out. Ken Jennings other books have all been engaging and highly interesting--these are no different!
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More About the Author

Ken Jennings was an anonymous Salt Lake City software engineer in 2004 when he became a nerd folk icon almost overnight via his record-breaking six-month streak on the TV quiz show Jeopardy! In his 75 appearances on the show, Ken won 74 games and $2.52 million, both American game show records. Barbara Walters named him one of the ten most fascinating people of the year. The Christian Science Monitor called him "the king of Trivia Nation" and Slate magazine dubbed him "the Michael Jordan of trivia, the Seabiscuit of geekdom." ESPN: The Magazine called him "smarmy (and) punchable," with "the personality of a hall monitor," thus continuing America's long national struggle between jocks and nerds.

Since his Jeopardy! streak ended, Ken has become a best-selling author. His books include Brainiac, about the phenomenon of trivia in American culture, Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac, the biggest American trivia book ever assembled, and Maphead, about his lifelong love of geography. His latest book is Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down Its Kids.

Ken currently lives outside Seattle, Washington, with his wife Mindy, his son Dylan and daughter Caitlin, and a deeply unstable Labrador retriever named Banjo. For more information, visit www.ken-jennings.com.

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