Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived in the White House

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This inside look at the White House's animal residents features a rollicking, rhyming verse for each commander-in-chief's pets, accompanied by cool facts, presidential stats, and laugh-out-loud cartoon art. John Quincy Adams kept an alligator in the bathtub, while Thomas Jefferson's pride and joy was his pair of bear cubs. Andrew Jackson had a potty-mouthed parrot, and Martin Van Buren got into a fight with Congress over his two baby tigers. First daughter Caroline Kennedy's pony Macaroni had free reign over the ...

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Overview

This inside look at the White House's animal residents features a rollicking, rhyming verse for each commander-in-chief's pets, accompanied by cool facts, presidential stats, and laugh-out-loud cartoon art. John Quincy Adams kept an alligator in the bathtub, while Thomas Jefferson's pride and joy was his pair of bear cubs. Andrew Jackson had a potty-mouthed parrot, and Martin Van Buren got into a fight with Congress over his two baby tigers. First daughter Caroline Kennedy's pony Macaroni had free reign over the White House. But the pet-owning winner of all the presidents was Theodore Roosevelt, who had a hyena, lion, zebra, badger, snake, rats, a nippy dog that bit the French ambassador, and more!

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Publishers Weekly
From Washington to Obama, Moberg explores U.S. presidents’ relationships with various animals while giving background about each commander in chief’s term in office, accomplishments, and other tidbits. Each spread opens with brief verses that, with their awkward rhymes and rhythms, are the weakest part of this project (Abigail Adams’s “mixed-breed dog,/ Much to everyone’s chagrin,/ Was unfortunately given/ The odd name Satan”). The best part: the sheer quantity of information provided about the presidents and such memorable animals as Andrew Jackson’s foul-mouthed parrot, Poll, or Calvin Coolidge’s raccoon, Rebecca, which was fed “green shrimp, chicken, eggs (her favorite), and expensive cream.” Albrecht’s digital cartoons have an exaggerated, frenetic energy that keeps the mood light. Ages 8–up. (July)
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
From George Washington's foxhound, parrot, and collection of other animals to Barack Obama's Portuguese water dog, this nonfiction book relates details about all the presidents and their sometimes unusual pets. Two pages are devoted to each president with a full-page illustration, a poem, and sections called "Presidential Stats," "Tell Me More," and "Accomplishments and Events." The rhyming verse in larger print contains some highlights about the pets. The stats are a listing of the president's years in office and other important dates. The "Tell Me More" section gives specific information about the pets and other facts about the president. Details such as the fact that Lincoln's son owned two goats, Nanny and Nanko, who were always chewing the furniture and eating the flowerbeds, provide interesting reading. Each president's unique accomplishments are listed in the last section. The big and bold cartoon illustrations are intended to be humorous. All presidents are featured even if they did not own a pet. An index is included. The text contains lots of information and provides a look into the personal and professional lives of the presidents and would provide an entertaining reference source for libraries and schools. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
Kirkus Reviews
When you're the president's pet, who walks you, empties your litter box or scrapes off your perch? Readers who hunger for information about the nonhumans who've lived at the White House over the years won't learn the answer to those questions, but they will discover that all our chief executives but one, from Washington to Obama, have owned a variety of pets--and, in some cases, been owned by them. In addition to the familiar dogs, cats and birds, some unusual First Animals have included goats, mice, bears, zebras, hyenas, lions, snakes, rats and tigers. Another question that goes unanswered in this book is why the information about presidential pets is conveyed through verse--verse that's not very good and frequently scans poorly at that; how appropriate that the word doggerel already exists, or it would have had to be coined just for this occasion. Brief details about each president's life and term, a "Tell Me More!" feature with tidbits of trivia, and highlights of each president's term in office supplement the pet facts. The two-page spreads include lively, humorous caricatures. The simplistic trivia items are generally interesting and amusing, but there are no sources to verify some of the statements. Rhymes without reason and no reason for the rhymes. Strictly for browsers and skimmers. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936140794
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 242,837
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Moberg grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Southlake, Texas. She atttended New York University where she received both her B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing at Tisch School of the Arts. She is the author of SKIES OVER SWEETWATER, a young adult novel. She currently splits her time between Paris, France, and Nashville, Tennessee.

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