Synopses & Reviews
PRESIDENTS are made of BIG EATERS...andlt;Bandgt;and so much more!andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Bandgt;You get a portrait of former U. S. president Jimmy Carter, who builds houses for the homeless.andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; See the presidents as never before -- made out of objects! Using everything from blue jeans to boxing gloves, Hanoch Piven "builds" the characters of our leaders. And with revealing anecdotes to go along with Piven's creations, you'll never forget what makes up George (Washington), George (Bush), or anyone else in between.
"In this comical collection of portraits of U.S. presidents, Piven (The Perfect Purple Feather) capitalizes on children's interest in unusual historical facts by juxtaposing a short anecdote next to a clever, collage caricature. Reagan plays ping-pong with the chimpanzee from Bedtime for Bonzo, while obese Taft literally gets stuck in the White House bathtub with a yellow duckie. Piven not only captures expressions but zeroes in on personality traits. He references George W. Bush's enthusiasm for sports with a nose and eyebrows created from a hot dog and bun, while tiny baseballs outline his bemused mouth. Bill Clinton's gummy-bear grin is turned upside-down to illustrate his teacher giving him a C for 'raising his hand too often.' Piven nicely varies the compositions: Teddy Roosevelt gets a spread with spot illustrations of his many interests, while Thomas Jefferson appears across the gutter from Andrew Jackson (the duel-prone president's eyes are made from bullets). The title of the book is intriguing, and the text and portraits cohere thematically, but the repeated riff on the titular phrase does not always work (e.g., 'Presidents are made of comfortable shoes,' 'Presidents are made of speed demons'). Although not every president is represented, a closing 'Presidential Timeline' shows portraits or photos of all the inhabitants of the Oval Office. Published just in time for the election, these funny historical tidbits about American presidents are bound to delight grade school history buffs. Ages 6-10. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this funny, unusual, and visual book, Piven uses kid-friendly materials, ranging from blue jeans to boxing gloves, to create caricature portraits that reveal what "makes up" the temperaments of several U.S. presidents. Full color.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Hanoch Pivenandlt;/Bandgt; is the acclaimed creator of andlt;i andgt;Letand#8217;s Make Facesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;What Presidents Are Made Ofandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;What Athletes Are Made Ofandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;i andgt;What Cats Are Made Ofandlt;/iandgt;, among other books for children. His incisive portraits have been published in the United States in such major magazines as andlt;iandgt;Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stoneandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;Theandlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;New Yorkerandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;Theandlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;Atlantic Monthlyandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Entertainment Weeklyandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;i andgt;Theandlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt;. He lives with his wife and children in Israel. Visit him at PivenWorld.com.