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Where Do Presidents Come From?: And Other Presidential Stuff of Super Great Importance

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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  43 reviews
So You Want to Be President meets The Far Side!

Just in time for the 2012 election, Michael Townsend presents his comic book guide to everything you ever wanted to know (and maybe a few things you didn't!) about the President of the United States. It's full of insanely weird facts about our leaders (Did you know that President Coolidge had a pet pygmy hippo named Billy?), a
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Dial Books
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Barbara
I got a little tired of the bunnies and monkeys and general silliness, but if readers can ignore all that, they'll find plenty of great information about the presidency, elections, the electoral process, and snippets about each of the nation's presidents and the White House in the six chapters of this book. Because it uses a comic strip format, lots of information can be provided quickly and succinctly. This title would be perfect during a presidential election year, but it also would be useful ...more
Joan
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the way I want to learn about our Presidents and American history - in graphic novel form! This children's book is loaded with information that can be rather dry in regular textbooks but comes to life as a graphic novel. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the founding of the United States but gets bored with traditional books about the subject.
Michelle Gray
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-nonfiction
A fun graphic novel format to help kids learn all about the job of being President. I really liked how the author reminded kids if they wanted more information, be sure to go to the library!
Jessica Emly
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Where Do Presidents Come From by Michael Townsend offers a variety of information for children about the American government, the election process, the White House, and our presidents -- including how they become presidents and what their job as president entails. Written as a graphic novel, the book offers more than its fair share of comedic moments through the bright, eye-catching, and often silly illustrations. Although it is easy to get caught up in the general goofiness of the book (barrels ...more
Katie F
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
In this graphic novel, which was published just before the 2012 election, Townsend explores the requirements and role of United States President. In addition, he shares funny and random information about different U.S. presidents. For example, President George H. Bush threw up at a state dinner or that President Carter was photographed being scared of a swimming rabbit (pg. 119). The illustrations are spectacular and engaging and the entire book is very informative of different aspects of the co ...more
Andrea
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
My girls begged me to read this book when they saw that I was reading the Presidents as Kids book. Kids (ages 4-6th grades) love this book. It's still very informative, teaching: how the job of the President was created, how the presidential election process works (I learned a lot about the electoral college), where the President works and lives, and a lot of different aspects of the actual job of being a President. However, there is some constant silliness throughout that I think only a kid fin ...more
Chloe Mathes
This book is by, Micheal Townsend. It was published in 2012. It is a comic book about the presidents of the United States. It guides us to learn about the presidents and what has happened in history when they were in office, but in a humorous way. It teaches children, the order in which the presidents were in offices, and on other thing it does is it tells them how presidents get elected. "Where do Presidents come from" is a children picture book, great for grades either 4th or 5th.
Luvy Webb
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a great and fun way to make social studies topic interesting for young readers. This book reads like a graphic novel and has made understanding a very complicated political issue easy. I learned a great deal from this book because if the simplicity of the explanations given for each concept. I would use this book to teach about the history of how the presidency started as a supplement to social studies book. I think students would enjoy this book.
Almae
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Informative and fun without oversimplification. If I were a parent or teacher I would definitely provide this book for my children to read.
Jenna
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked learning about presidental things. I liked it a lot! I would reconmed it to people who really lkke socil studdies and people who like to learn about presidents.
Fang McGee
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A delightful all-ages graphic novel that explains the history of the American presidency in a charmingly entertaining way. Great for kids!
Galion Public Library Teens
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Review by J.J.: "I think it was good and funny."
Claire
I know this is a kid’s book. That being said, when I saw President Lincoln being carried by a stork, I knew I had to read it (you can judge a book by its cover!). And it certainly lived up to that cover. Equal parts informative and humorous, this is the perfect book to trick your kid into learning. Or, if your education has failed you, as mine has (on the government front), it’s a good refresher on all that you should have learned way back in high school. Granted, this book focuses on the presid ...more
Karen Gedeon
Although Abraham Lincoln on the cover is a little scary, this book will leave readers laughing all through their American History lesson. Full of bright colorful comic book humor, this graphic novel, Where do Presidents Come From?, covers a brief history of the United States, a biography of George Washington, the election process, the uniqueness of The White House, a presidential job description and what presidents do after they retire from their presidential duties. Each page is full of illustr ...more
Ms. Dana
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
I loved this book and think it is a fantastic tool for teaching children all about the President's job, some great American history, and some really great "FUN FACTS!" about former presidents. The best part? This book is hilarious. I laughed out loud A LOT. My favorite part was the examples of negative campaign adds "Fact--when Jenny was little she believed in unicorns! Only crazy people believe in unicorns!!!" (but say this in your head with the deep man's voice and seriousness you always hear ...more
Dana
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
I loved this book and think it is a fantastic tool for teaching children all about the President's job, some great American history, and some really great "FUN FACTS!" about former presidents. The best part? This book is hilarious. I laughed out loud A LOT. My favorite part was the examples of negative campaign adds "Fact--when Jenny was little she believed in unicorns! Only crazy people believe in unicorns!!!" (but say this in your head with the deep man's voice and seriousness you always hear ...more
Bethe
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
bookaday #57. Funny and informative look at everything presidential: history, job duties, residence, and retirement. Talking animals and assorted other things add comic relief, like the milk shake interlude during a long chapter, or the list of presidents riding dinosaurs! Serious notes are included (nuclear bomb responsibilities) and an inspirational section on civic duty encouraging young readers to take the time to become thoughtful and informed voters, prepared and ready to take part in the ...more
Dolores
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. There is a lot of good information in this graphic nonfiction title and it is presented in an interesting format. I had a bit of a problem with the desperately silly attempts at humor. For me, most of them fell flat. I know this is a book aimed at kids, but not three-year-olds. I found most of it distracting and would have preferred the author had played it straight. Still, the author does a great job of making our very complicated government clear and understandable. And reasonably ...more
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
Grade/Lexile Level: grades 4-6/ lexile770

Pages: 155

Summary: Shares wacky and engaging facts about many of our nation's leaders, traces the history and powers of the presidency, and offers insight into the job's daily routines, benefits, and challenges. (graphic novel)

Recommendations or Comments: Good way to get kids interested in history. Combines fact with silly rabbit antics. Enough factual information to be useful. A quick read to entice reluctant readers.

Stars: 4 out of 5

Reviewed By: Sarah
Jess
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: presidents
This book is more fun that a "barrel full of ninja hamsters". A great book for reluctant readers or kids who think Spongebob is the elite definition of humor. Much more of a government and citizenship lesson than a history book, which is absolutely okay with me. I didn't even get a proper lesson about the United States government until I was a senior in high school, so start them young! Also there are illustrations of all the presidents riding on dinosaurs which makes it worth the while.
Kristen
Nov 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm not sure if the jokes will strike my students as over the top silly, but I like the approach of making history fun. Townsend picks the perfect facts & topics to fascinate young readers, and these facts balance out the silliness. I personally prefer the humor in Nathan Hale's social studies graphic novels, but I think this definitely has a spot in my 900s.
Scotty
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable book about the presidency. I picked it up from the library for my eldest son who read (most of) of it and enjoyed it. I think it is the perfect book to teach anyone 10 and up about our government. the author did a great job of incorporating humor throughout. This made what could be a boring series of facts a very enjoyable read.
Canton Public Library
A fun graphic novel format to help kids learn all about the job of being President. I really liked how the author reminded kids if they wanted more information, be sure to go to the library! - Michelle NG

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Ms. B
Do you like graphic novels? Are you interested in presidents? If you answered, "yes" to either of these questions; this is the book for you. Learn more about presidents in this graphic novel that mixes facts about the presidency with humorous cartoons.
Linda
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This a funny and informative graphic-novel that covers the Revolutionary War, the branches of our government, presidential responsibilities, the White House, and then presents amusing anecdotes about many of our presidents. The artwork is great and kids can learn a lot reading this book.
Avery
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great fact-filled book of comics, fun facts,milkshakes, talking animals, smart monkeys, cute animals,and more!! I REALLY recommend this book for anyone. It is my favorite book of all time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Allison
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
A fun look at the early days of American history, how the position of president came to be, and what the president does. However, I surprised myself when I tired of the unicorn, hippo, and hamster jokes. Too much!

Overall, I enjoyed the book and think that kids will too.
P.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
If you ever need an elementary school student to learn about the presidency, I'd recommend this book. It's very funny. And has portraits of all the presidents riding dinosaurs. It totally doesn't mention slavery, that would be my only quibble.
Amy
Lots of good information about the presidency delivered in an entertaining way, although at times the silliness becomes too much. Didn't love the drawing style, but it was okay.
PWRL
Apr 12, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-new
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