Reviews for I Grew Up to Be President

Booklist Reviews 2012 March #2
Despite the catchy title, this large-format paperback offers a collective biography written the usual way, in third person. The heading of each double-page spread includes a portrait of the president and a box of fast facts. A few paragraphs of information are followed by some highlighted particulars, such as Madison's small stature, Garfield's assassination, and Wilson's dyslexia. It's safe to say that anyone could learn something from the book, since Calkhoven includes surprising, sometimes amusing details along with a straightforward account of each man's life and term in office. In addition to a portrait of the president, each entry includes a digital caricature depicting him as a boy in period clothes, holding some significant (and occasionally anachronistic) object. Along with the book's design, the lighthearted tone of these big-headed figures makes the colorful book look more appealing than traditional, earnest collective biographies. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 March

Gr 3-5--U.S. presidents are each profiled on a spread that summarizes his early life and road to office in a few paragraphs. Significant events or interesting tidbits are bulleted, and a "fact file" listing birth and death dates, children's names, vice president, and political party is included. A portrait of the man as an adult is accompanied by a caricature of him as a child holding something related to his life or presidency. For example, James Madison has an ice-cream cone because the new confection was served at his inauguration; Theodore Roosevelt has a teddy bear, and so on. The book is similar in tone to Kathleen Krull's Lives of the Presidents (Houghton Harcourt, 2011) and Judith St. George's So You Want to Be President (Philomel, 2000), but information is easier to find because of the format. The generally light attitude and visually appealing layout make the volume well suited as an introduction to the presidents for young children.--Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 September
K-Gr 5-In this Washington-to-Obama collective biography, Calkhoven provides readers with succinct, cheerful accounts of presidential lives. The vital stats are here as well as facts that are strange, humorous, and, most of all, humanizing. Zomchek's stylish presentation juxtaposes presidential portraits with clever drawings of the presidents as boys. Informative and engaging. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.