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King George: What Was His Problem?: The Whole Hilarious Story of the American Revolution

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"Entire books have been written about the causes of the American Revolution. This isn't one of them." What it is, instead, is utterly interesting, antedotes (John Hancock fixates on salmon), from the inside out (at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, hundreds of soldiers plunged into battle "naked as they were born") close-up narrative fi
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Square Fish (first published 2005)
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Jul 27, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Children are taught history. They turn into teenagers and find out that much of what they learned was prettified or their textbooks left out huge chunks of morally ambiguous grey matter. They go to college (some of them) and view with extreme skepticism any history, knowing as they do now that every historical text was written by someone with an agenda. And then sometimes, once in a great while, they return to the historical moments they learned about in their youth and try to figure out, really ...more
Barb Middleton
Nov 26, 2013 Barb Middleton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steve Sheinkin has evolved into such a brilliant writer of narrative nonfiction that when I read his earlier books I'm a bit let down because I am expecting more fictional elements. Which isn't really fair of me as a reader. Even his straightforward nonfiction texts are well-done and interesting. I just don't gobble them up like I have his most recent books. After reading "Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales" graphic novel series, this book helped fill in the blanks as to the timeline of famous people ...more
Sep 09, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sheinkin, Steve. 2008. King George What Was His Problem: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution.

Enjoyable. That is what King George What Was His Problem is. Enjoyable. Fun. Interesting. Informative. Entertaining. Everything a textbook isn't in most cases. The tone of this one is conversational. (Almost reminiscent of Kathleen Krull in my opinion.)

Product description from the publisher's site:

“Entire books have been writ
Aug 25, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Hands down, this is the best -and funniest!- book about the American Revolution I have ever read. It's aimed at kids, but it never talks down to them. You would be hard pressed to find an adult who doesn't learn something from this book. The writing is simple, clear and concise.

The author is a text book writer who got tired of having to leave all the funny and really interesting historical bits out of the text books, so he decided to write a book with all those bits left in!

I love the way this b
Jul 03, 2011 katsok rated it it was amazing
I received my Bachelor's degree in History, specifically American History concentrated around the Civil War. And while I love history, it is not usually something kids enjoy reading. I think they would love this book. Sheinkin is entertaining as he weaves his way through the American Revolution. I love that he didn't gloss over some of the parts where we look bad. I enjoyed the omniscient narrator giving me tidbits throughout the book. Thank you go Jeff Anderson for recommending this one.
Jul 28, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing
This is a must-read for lovers of American history and/or Hamilton. I laughed out loud several times and learned more "fun facts" about the Revolution than I have in 3 years of teaching it to 4th graders.
Sep 01, 2012 Joan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: American history lovers
Lots of fun to read! You can see from this book where he decided to do a whole book on Benedict Arnold. Very informative too!
Jul 25, 2015 Elizabeth☮ rated it really liked it
A fun way to learn history. This book focuses on the American Revolution and I enjoyed reading it aloud with my daughter. I learned a lot that I didn't get while in school.
Ruthie Jones
Steve Sheinkin's non-text book take on the American Revolution is a delightful recap or reminder of events leading up to and following the United States's independence from Great Britain. While this quick read is not meant to replace traditional history learning, it can serve as a fun way to glimpse high-level details as well as some lesser known tidbits and minor characters.

I especially like the "What Ever Happened To. . .?" section at the end because we don't always know what these people did
Lissa Smith
Dec 26, 2016 Lissa Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My son and I read this book together while he was 7. We adored the level of personal detail that really brought The Revolutionary War to life with a feel that was comprehensible to a young child but interesting to an adult. We got a sense of how the Patriots were not professional soldiers and how noone expected the war to start or to last...Sidenotes like Franklin and Adams arguing about whether the windows in the inn room their shared should be opened or closed and the Molly Pitcher having a ca ...more
Dec 15, 2016 Sande rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sheinkin is on to something with the format of his books. As he says, he reads hundreds of books to pull out details that make history's stories real to youth and adults. So the narrative reads like a really good story. And then at the end, he tells us what happened to each of the individuals we've read about. And THEN, he has several lists of books to turn to for more info on people, events, or the whole Revolution. I was hooked when I read Lincoln's Grave Robbers.
Jan 13, 2017 Cory rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I thought it was going to be a good book. It was about the Revolutionary War. It talked about the important people and battles involved in the war. He wrote it as a step-by-step guide to starting a revolution. There are many cartoon pictures included. This book was boring and I didn't like the book. It was also sad and depressing . I wouldn't recommend this to others unless someone was really interested in history
Nov 01, 2016 Hilarie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a bit obsessed with Hamilton lately, and this was a great little refresher of US revolutionary war history. The authors love of history really shines through.
Dec 11, 2016 Ben rated it really liked it
It was really good, but did not contain some really funny or interesting info, but really funny
Jan 01, 2017 Kuchinusu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teresa Winterstein
King George in all his historical humanity. Intriguing and well-researched.
It was funny and a quick read
Seahawksfan152 CA
History for Kids.....As a kid you believe everything (Mostly) of what your textbooks tell you. Right now in homeschooling I am doing a Project on the American Revolution, and what I found was that The Revolution was not a place where General Washington and his amazing, well dressed, professional soldiers, Valiantly drove the British out of Our Amazing USA for Liberty And Justice For All, it was actually a place where everyday people, like farmers and beggars fought in a bloody slaughter for free ...more
Tracy Carney
May 02, 2016 Tracy Carney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
King George: What was his problem? ... GREAT book to tell all about the American Revolution! Had good ol' Mr. History in high school taught the way Steve Sheinkin writes I would have had straight A's in history for sure!

From Paul Revere, to Samuel Adams ... Ethan Allen and of course, George Washington. Famous names from the late 1700's who helped form our nation continue to roll through the text. Sheinkin introduces them and reveals their nature through stories less likely known.

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This is the kind of book I wished I had discovered when I was growing up and learning about the American Revolution. The textbooks and history I read was so laden with dates, facts and uninteresting details, that I just didn't grasp the weight of the dramatic and tenuously fortunate events that helped us win our independence.

This book does a wonderful job of telling fascinating and pivotal stories while still following the chronology of war events. I am amazed at Steve Sheinkin's research and h
Josiah-f Friesen
“King George, what was his problem?” is a book about the American revolution but it has information in it that textbooks might not. It includes information and dialogue of the stupider things that the famous people did. It tells the stories of the battles and heroes of the American revolution and how they fought against the French. It summarizes a lot because it took place over the course of several years, but it gave me a lot of information that I didn't know before. At first the Americans wer ...more
Nov 19, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
Sometimes I feel a little sheepish telling people I majored in history because I feel like I'm going to be expected to know things I don't. One such gaping hole in my knowledge that I hope I don't get asked about: the Revolutionary War. Sure, I knew "taxation without representation" and that George Washington was a general. I've seen National Treasure enough times to know "one if by land, two if by sea" (even if I don't know why). If hard-pressed, I'd probably correctly place the battles of Bunk ...more
Jul 10, 2009 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dontread, didntfinish
I picked up this book thinking that it would be like the Horrible Histories series, but for American history instead. It's not. It's worse. It's disjointed. I felt that the writing style was really choppy. There is a foreword where the author says that he was a former textbook author and there were all these stories that he had to leave out. Well, I felt like he took those stories, put them in chronological order, and BAM! We have this book. I stopped reading shortly after Sheinkin starts discus ...more
Margaret Boling
Apr 27, 2013 Margaret Boling rated it it was amazing
4/26/13 ** My new favorite author of history. Thanks Steve Sheinkin for leaving the "evil side" (author of text books), and joining the family of children's lit.

This very interesting book about the overall arc of the American Revolution, with an emphasis on George Washington was fascinating. I am reasonably well-read in U.S. history and have read many historical fiction books set in various parts of the Revolution, but by page 11 I'd already learned 3 new things.**

One of the things I most apprec
Nikki Boisture
May 31, 2016 Nikki Boisture rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this out loud to my kids (9&5 years old) because my nine year old is obsessed with everything about the American Revolution since listening to the Hamilton soundtrack nonstop.

This is one of my favorite books I've ever read out loud to the kids (It's up there in Superfudge territory!) The author has a knack for making history really fun and interesting. I think part of what made my kid like Hamilton so much is that it makes history not just about the events, but about the stories of t
This book suffers from high expectations. Sheinkin is an amazing non-fiction writer. This book helped him become the amazing writer he is today. But that deep and compelling narrative style had not been developed yet. Also, the title led me to expect a thorough examination of King George. This was more of a general introduction to the American Revolution. It had funny bits, interesting voice, lots of good points. But not nearly of the same caliber as Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's ...more
Mar 24, 2010 Celestia rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I read McCullough's 1776 book a few summers ago. That was hard reading. If I had read this book first my mind would have been in a much better place to understand 1776. I'm no dummy when it comes to history, I passed the AP American history test in high school, but I was taught history the conveyor belt way, of learn dates and names, regurgitate on a test for credit, then forget most of it. This is the way to learn history, by learning the stories of the humans involved. Thes ...more
Holy smokes. I picked up this book at the library because we are studying the Revolutionary War and I thought the title was funny. Started it last night while Jason was watching Star Trek reruns, and found various ways to keep obsessively reading it all day today. I was even scheming how I could possibly hold the book and stir dinner at the same time. Thankfully, I finished it before then.

I don't know why all history stories can't be written exactly like this. It was laugh out loud funny at poin
Dan Rogers
Aug 02, 2015 Dan Rogers rated it really liked it
A couple of weeks ago, as I attended a professional development course in Boston, a colleague mentioned this author to me. The colleague mentioned that he uses the authors books in his American History classes. So, when presented with the opportunity later that week with obtaining a copy I jumped at the chance. Now I know and understand why he does so. This book presents the American Revolution in such an interesting and enjoyable manner that I think any middle school student would find it easy ...more
Another fabulous quick history from Sheinkin. It's extremely informative and clever and well-written. You get an overall view in an easy read and it really helps see the threads, causes, and connections of the whole Revolutionary War. It's not an attack book, but it's balanced, showing the self-interested, violent side of the revolution as well as the noble, philosophical side.

Adults will love and benefit from this. I think this will appeal to Young Adult readers as well as anything o the topic
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