Synopses & Reviews
The first children's book to come from the acclaimed editors at McSweeney's literary journal, 109 Forgotten American Heroes is an off-kilter exploration of some of our nation's most incredible--and little known--stories.
Learn new and amazing stories about the contributions, inventions, wisdom, savvy, courage, and ingenuity of 109 great Americans such as John Russell Bartlett (the first to compile American words and trace their origin), Mr. Charles F. Brannock (who invented the first tool to accurately measure foot size), Cher Ami (a pigeon who effectively saved 194 American soldiers during World War I), and Thomas Jefferson (founding father, author, architect, president, and the man who introduced Americans to macaroni)
Dynamic photographs and funny, ingenious graphics bring the stories to life. Truly meant for the whole family, there is something in here for everyone.
"In their children's debut, McSweeney's editors Ying and McMullen redefine the notion of the American hero with a montage of tributes to unsung figures. The stylish and colorful displays juxtapose photographs with drawings and digital images, producing a zine-like effect that is perfect for browsing. Minor celebrities like Edmund McIlhenny, inventor of Tabasco sauce; journalist Nellie Bly; and killer whale Shamu are given accolades, along with Victoria Woodhull (the first woman nominated for president), the hero sandwich, and the Navajo code talkers. There's a satisfying balance between tongue-in-cheek humor (on releasing nutria into the U.S.: 'It's fine to make money, but don't set gigantic rats free in the process!') and valuable historical insights. Ages 11 17." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Taking a unique look at 101 American heroes--war heroes, activists, politicians, ordinary citizens, even pets and inanimate objects--that have all played a role in the growth of the nation, this title is an irreverent yet timely reference for young readers. Full color.
The acclaimed editors at "McSweeney's" literary journal present an exploration of some of the nation's most incredible--and little-known--stories. Readers learn about 109 great Americans, including John Russell Bartlett, the first person to compile American words and trace their origin, and Charles F. Brannock, inventor of the first tool to accurately measure foot size.