Synopses & Reviews
Basher History: US Presidents, Oval Office All-Stars created and illustrated by Simon Basher, written by Dan Green
Basher's US Presidents shows you the nation's leaders as you've never seen them before. Every president, from George Washington to the winner of the 2012 election, has his own entry and speaks directly to the reader. In Basher's humorous fashion, these lively and enlightening articles bring history to life. Meet James Monroe, known as the "Last Cocked Hat" because he pranced around in an outdated wig, hat, and breeches! Learn more about "Uncle Jumbo" (better known as Grover Cleveland): the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms. Find out how Ronald Reagan helped end the Cold War. Quirky facts add interest. Did you know that John Quincy Adams had a pet alligator? That Teddy Roosevelt (and his whole family) could walk on stilts? Or that Lyndon B. Johnson had worked as an elevator operator? Reading this book will put you on first-name terms with every single one of America's Head Honchoes!
Library Media ConnectionAs with other Basher books, the humor, bright cartoon illustrations, and conversational ton of this small title will attract young readers. . . . Fun for browsing, this book also offers quick facts and trivia. BooklistReaders might already know a lot of this, but Basher and Green serve it up in a hip, imaginative style and throw in some lesser-known facts, too.. . .Another fun entry. Bookpage - The Book Case[A]n informative little book ...Though the book is aimed at kids 10 and up, those of us on the far, far end of that age range will find many items of interest in Dan Greens clever text. kidsbookmix.comReading this book will put you on first name terms with every single one of America's head honchos.
The President of the United States occupies a unique role on the world stage and, with presidential elections due to take place in 2012, the spotlight is sure to be on the American presidency more than ever. Basher's US Presidents offers a unique guide to the 43 men who have held this position and with it, much of the world's power. Fascinating information is provided on their lives, political passions, and how each played their part in shaping the United States into the superpower it is today. Every president, from George Washington to Barack Obama, has his own spread, ensuring that the book is completely up-to-date, while spreads on the First Ladies, Vice Presidents and presidential birthplaces provide enthralling background detail. This is the perfect book to get children excited about the election and the history behind it, and to get them interested in who will take up the baton in 2013.
About the Author
Simon Basher is the creator and illustrator of more than a dozen internationally best-selling books for children including the critically acclaimed Basher Science series (Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Algebra & Geometry and more), the Go! Go! Bobo books and Basher's ABC. Based in London, Basher specialises in "graphic surrealism" and his original artwork is regularly exhibited and sold in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia.
Dan Green is the voice of Basher, the author of numerous Basher titles including Physics, Biology, Astronomy, Rocks and Minerals and Human Body. He's a journalist and writer with a brilliant knack for communicating complicated information in a child-friendly way.
Dr. Edward L. Widmer is a historian, writer and librarian, currently based at Brown University.He served as a speechwriter for President Clinton, has written a book on Martin van Buren and has co-authored a book on presidential races.