Raczka, Bob Presidential Misadventures 96 pgs. Roaring Book Press (Div of Holtzbrinck publishing) 2015. $17.99
This book features a poem about each and every president along
with a simple black and white illustration to go along with the poem. Each
rhyming poem features a real fact and something funny to go along with it. For
example John Quincy Adams was quoted as saying “Up and At ‘em” and the spoof
poem relates how he got up at dawn to swim nude in the Potomac.
I was the wrong person to review this book because I rarely care for poetry,
call me a bad librarian but I truly have a hard time finding poetry I can
stand. This isn’t one of them. As soon as I realized that each and every
president would be featured, my heart sank. I am trying very hard to see this
from a students perspective, and maybe a second grader on a presidents binge
would find these both funny and interesting. I would not spend money and add
this to my poetry collection, then again, I hardly ever add to that collection.
EL (K-3), EL –NOT RECOMMENDED Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School
Librarian & Author.