The Boy Who Looked Like Lincolnby Mike Reiss, David Catrow
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Mike Reiss, writer for The Simpsons, and David Catrow, honored twice with a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year Award, have joined forces to create one of the funniest, quirkiest books ever, and one that crosses all ages and demographic groups.
Benjy has an unusual problem. He looks just like Abraham Lincoln-right down to the wart and beard. Needless to say, life isn't easy. He is given Lincoln Logs and stovepipe hats for every birthday. He gets stuck playing Lincoln in every school play-whether he's part of the story or not. And the teasing is unrelenting.
When school ends, he plans on spending another summer sitting inside alone, but his parents have a surprise. They're sending him to Camp Watchamacallit-The Camp for Kids Who Look Like Things! With scenes reminiscent of Bosch and Brueghel, Benjy learns that he's not unusual-he's unique! And when he realizes what's special about himself, it doesn't take long for others to realize it as well.
Mike Reiss and David Catrow have created a wonderfully hysterical tale that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt a little different from their peers.
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.34(w) x 11.44(h) x 0.39(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 11 Years
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The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln
By Mike Reiss
PRICE STERN SLOANCopyright © 2003 Mike Reiss
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Chapter OneMy name is Benjy. I'm eight years old. I look a lot like Abe Lincoln.
People first noticed it when I was a baby.
I guess I get it from my parents.
Every birthday I get the same gifts.
I even wear the dumb hat. Anything else looks silly on me.
"Four score and seven teetn ago ..."
In every school play, I have to be Lincoln. Even if he's not in the show.
But the worst part is the teasing.
"Hey Stinkin' Lincoln"
"Split any rails lately?"
So when school ended, I planned to spend the summer sitting in my room-in the dark.
But my parent had a surprise for me ...
They took me to a camp. A special camp ...
... A camp for kids who looked like things.
There was even a kid who looked like the Mona Lisa. And a kid who looked like a frog. And one who looked like a toaster.
There was even a kid who looked like the back of a horse. I felt really bad for him. But after a while, you didn't even notice.
We had fun
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