Friday, February 24, 2017

Jurassic Classics: The Presidential Masters of Prehistory - Saskia Lacey

Summary: Using humorous dinosaur mashups as a creative way to introduce and explore history, The Presidential Masters of Prehistory explores the lives of six famous presidents.

The endearingly illustrated Jurassic Classic series uses humorous, prehistoric dinosaur mashups as a creative way to introduce and explore nonfiction and history. With a mix of "dino" puns and fun wordplay, The Presidential Masters of Prehistory features six famous presidents and explores their lives and contributions as dinosaurs, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, or Abraham Lincolnathus as the dinos might say. Each "prehistoric" president featured in the book includes a brief biographical history with a prehistoric twist, as well as a clever parody on each president's most famous contributions to our nation's history. Summary and image from I was provided a copy in exchange for an honest review.)

Review: I'm so mad at myself I didn't get this up for Presidents Day! What a delightful way to spend the day - enjoying learning about the greatest presidents of our nation through the lens of Prehistory. 

Like the first book in this series, Lacey has let us peek into the Prehistoric era by viewing our presidents' dinosaur counterparts. She's included adapted factoids about each prehistoric leader, (like FDRex leading us through the Second Intercontinental War), a short biography of each dino-president, and a factual account of the presidents we learn about in history class. The illustrations are just fun, inviting the reader to find joy in the learning that is subtly taking place.

I found myself lately scrambling for books to read to an elementary school class. I never know where the average student's attention will land, because my kids are goofballs with really weird tastes. This is the kind of book that would be perfect for such an occasion -- funny, succinct, educational, and a good balance of silly and serious.

Rating: Five stars

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