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Where Do Presidents Come From?: And Other Presidential Stuff of Super Great Importance Hardcover – September 13, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (September 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803737483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803737488
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 4-9-From the author of the popular Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder (Dial, 2010) comes another educational book in graphic-novel format. Covering political history from the mid-1700s to the present day, this brightly colored volume uses humor and fast-paced panels to teach readers about how the office of the presidency was formed. At the start of the book, there is some (slightly superfluous) "pre-content content" designed to hook youngsters and prepare them for what they are about to learn. Topics include "How Does a President Get Elected?," "What Do Presidents Actually Do?, and "Why Is the White House So Awesome?" Fun, cartoon illustrations work with the text to provide clarity and additional information, and frequent text boxes highlight important facts. There is no index, making the book less a research tool than a pleasure read, but it is so chock-full of interesting tidbits and anecdotes that kids will no doubt find it useful to supplement their American history studies. An engaging and informative addition to most collections.-Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

*Starred Review* Townsend’s last effort, Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders (2010), with its authentic depictions of mythic themes and lessons buried beneath the cartoonist’s zany shenanigans, was a fine indicator of the direction he was heading. This volume, however, is a quantum leap forward in balancing solid, comprehensive facts on a large scale with consistent hilarity. It’s hard enough to cover the American presidency—from its origins in the Revolutionary War to the structure of our government, through presidential responsibilities, and into the story of the White House itself—but to pack in amusing historical anecdotes that invite young readers to branch out in their reading, and to populate it with humorous bunnies, annoyed robots, and recurring gags that maintain their amusement without becoming tedious, is a unique achievement. The data, supported with a bibliography of sources, is the most thorough treatment of this subject available in this format, and the loopy caricatures and cartoonishly feverish depictions of places and events don’t undermine the information, but miraculously serve to keep interest percolating through some high-density pages that touch on everything from George Washington’s teeth to crucial constitutional amendments to presidential assassinations. An absolute necessity for school libraries. Grades 3-6. --Jesse Karp

More About the Author

When Michael Townsend was a little boy he loved reading comic books, eating chocolate cake, and thinking about the name he would one day give his pet monkey. They were good years.
When adulthood finally struck, Michael, realized that it was time to pick a direction in life... a career. He decided he would go to college to learn how to be a professional chocolate cake eater! He was crushed when he discovered no such profession exists (yet) so he decided to go for his second choice in careers and attended the School of Visual Arts (in NYC) to train as an artist.
After years of artistic training, he dove into the world of writing and illustrating children's books. He's had a blast so far and if all goes well he will one day have enough money to buy a cake factory and a pet monkey. He already has the name picked out, Jiggles Microwave Townsend.

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I have a difficult time getting my son to read anything, so the fact that he has read this book twice unprompted says something!
Lara Allen
My daughter is a gifted 7 year old and I grabbed this book from our library and brought it home.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 3 on October 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My daughter is a gifted 7 year old and I grabbed this book from our library and brought it home. She does enjoy history, biographies and comics so I thought this book looked like something she would enjoy. She coudln't put it down and kept wanting to read me all the parts she thought were funny out loud. She enjoyed the part about the Boston Tea party and has read it multiple times. I enjoyed the parts on how the Government works and is divided and how they explained the electoral college. The humor in this book reminds me a bit of the corny humor on cartoon network shows, not things that say an adult would consider funny, just cheezy, but plays into that age level humor that kids 8-12 really enjoy. My daughter several times outloud while reading it in the first hour stated, "This is a really great book!" She was in love from the first page. The book explains our countries history, the split from GB, all the way to how and why we have a president, covers the rules about who can be elected, and even goes into a few details about forign policy. Yet pops in random nonsence just to make sure you are paying attention. Many of the jokes were a play on the government vocabulary words that actually help the kids remember them better by putting a humorous connection to the word. I was impressed by how much Government History and Government process he was able to explain on a level they can understand, yet giving them a good concrete idea of how things actually work and why. I wish I had this book when I took Government and History in highschool, it may have helped me remember a few things, and how things connected a bit easier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Edythe Newman on December 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We bought this book by Michael Townsend for our two grandsons, ages 8 and 11, another copy for their cousins ages 11 & 13 and a friend also bought a copy for hersef (over 60 yrs) as a fun way to learn about the presidents. To quote my 11 yr. old grandson, "It is a great book as it tells you about presidential history in a fun way". He didn't feel like it was being drilled into him and he learned and retained what he learned. He said some of the things about the presidents were so funny that he couldn't stop laughing. Of course the illustrations were wonderful. We'd all recommend this book to anyone especially children from 8 yrs. old on in elementary school. What a great way to learn history.
Edythe & Samuel N.
North Wales, PA
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Format: Paperback
I wish I could give this a thousand stars. My kids WANT to read about social studies and history!!! It is a lot of historical background and context that is written in funny comic book format with things like knock knock jokes. The information is easy for kids to understand. But don't let the comic book and jokes fool you - it is extremely full of great information!!! It explains about the colonial powers fighting, French and Indian war, taxation without representation, genesis of the US Constitution, etc, in an engaging way and using every day language - so that kids get the concepts. I am now searching for more books by this author.
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By Lara Allen on February 27, 2014
Format: Paperback
I have a difficult time getting my son to read anything, so the fact that he has read this book twice unprompted says something! He laughs and laughs, and can't get enough of is book. I love the fact that he is learning, yet he doesn't realize it. Five stars!
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