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What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! Hardcover – March 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439922313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439922319
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review, Booklist, December 15, 2007
\u0022Irrepressible Alice Roosevelt gets a treatment every bit as attractive and exuberant as she was....The large format gives Fotheringham, in his debut, plenty of room for spectacular art.\u0022


Starred Review, Kirkus, February 1, 2008
\u0022Theodore Roosevelt\u2019s irrepressible oldest child receives an appropriately vivacious appreciation in this superb picture book.... Kerley\u2019s precise text presents readers with a devilishly smart, strong-willed girl who was determined to live life on her own terms—and largely succeeded.\u0022


Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2008
\u0022Kerley\u2019s text gallops along with a vitality to match her subject\u2019s antics, as the girl greets White House visitors accompanied by her pet snake, refuses to let leg braces cramp her style, dives fully clothed into a ship\u2019s swimming pool, and also earns her place in history as one of her father\u2019s trusted advisers. Fotheringham\u2019s digitally rendered, retro-style illustrations are a superb match for the text.\u0022

About the Author

Barbara Kerley's award-winning biographies—including WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE? and THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN (ACCORDING TO SUSY), both illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, and THE DINOSAURS OF WATERHOUSE HAWKINS and WALT WHITMAN: WORDS FOR AMERICA, both illustrated by Brian Selznick—are consistently praised for their lively prose, meticulous research, and artistic presentation style. Kerley lives in Portland, Oregon. You can visit her online at www.barbarakerley.com.

Edwin Fotheringham has illustrated several notable picture books, including Barbara Kerley's WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?, a Sibert Honor Book and a Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor Book, and THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN (ACCORDING TO SUSY), a New York Public Library Best Children's Book. Edwin lives in Seattle, Washington. You can visit him online at www.edfotheringham.com.

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Customer Reviews

This is a great book...and a great subject.
E. Oconnell
I definitely recommend this book for a sense of history and humor.
Michelle967
Alice is a very independent little girl with a great personality.
Kelsey DeMont

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Maria Beadnell on October 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If Ms. Kerley chose to write about a spirited, happy child in the context of a political time, she succeeded in making it fun and funny, so I guess that's good. But boy, did she misrepresent Alice.

Alice Roosevelt Longworth was an unhappy person, with problems that would resonate with today's kids. A miserably "blended" family, a distant but overachieving father who never even mentioned her mother's name after her death--since it was also Alice, it was a constant source of pain--her perkiness is easily seen as acting out.

It's as if a book about the Titanic emphasized how much FUN it was to be on a GREAT BIG party boat, and how WONDERFUL it was that that sinking led to great changes in SAFETY procedures. It's not technically a lie that the Titanic had some fun times, but you're missing the point if that's what you emphasize.

It pains me to write this, since I am in favor of books that humanize long-gone historical figures for kids, and this book is a lot of fun. If it's fun you want, this is a good choice. It does seem to be that history can be fun and also be accurate, and that this could have been a better book than it is.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Oconnell on May 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If only they had books like this when I was young...I may have enjoyed history. This is a great book...and a great subject. Alice is hilarious and independent...and the illustrations are as colorful and entertaining as her antics are. A great book for young girls...encourages independence, curiousity, humor, and adventure. Don't miss this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth B. Schnepp on July 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My granddaughters are 5 and 6 years old and they wanted it read several times. It was and is a big hit. Liz
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rudi Franke on June 14, 2009
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No one as interesting as Alice Roosevelt Longworth was can be all good, and she wasn't. I would recommend her biography to my granddaughter but she's not old enough to understand the big words. Nor some of the things Alice did with men other than her husband. So I bought this book based on the review I saw in the New York Times as a means of stimulating my granddaughter's interest (as she gets older) in reading the adult biography. Because, this book encapsulates Alice's life in as close to real life as you'd want your grand children to read in their innocent years. Plus the illustrations are amusing, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Snyder on March 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This lovely exaggerated but historical account of the life of Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter is a must read for children, especially young girls. The picture book circles through Alice’s young life while progressively approaching her teenage and adult years. I think it is a must read for young students because it documents the life of a real “famous” person and her struggles with everyday life. She was passionately curious and energized and always wanted to be moving and improving. Is this not the attitude of most elementary students? They can find a connection to Alice’s character, especially in her younger years. As she approaches her older years she ends up maturing, marrying, and having the life of a Congressman’s wife. However, this never “tamed” her, her curiosity never ended. I believe this book teaches our children that their passion for learning and moving and having fun is okay. In fact, it’s encouraged. Alice may have been a handful, but a successful handful she turned out to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelsey DeMont on February 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This children's book is spectacular! The illustrations are amazing. The detail in it is awesome for kids. I would love to read this book if I was a child. It would definitely keep me entertained. Alice is a very independent little girl with a great personality. The book shows kids about curiosity, independence, and humor! My favorite part of this book is for sure the illustrations. The pictures are so bright and colorful and full of detail! Great book for children.
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