Benjy has an unusual problem. He looks just like Abraham Lincoln—right down to the wart and beard. His life isn't easy. He gets gifts of Lincoln Logs and stovepipe hats on every birthday. He gets stuck playing Lincoln in every school play—whether Lincoln's part of the story or not. And the teasing is unrelenting . . . until he spends a summer at Camp What-cha-ma-call-it—The Camp for Kids Who Look Like Things! Here he finally realizes what is special about himself, and it doesn't take long for others to realize it as well.
Mike Reiss, a writer for The Simpsons, and David Catrow, honored twice with the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year award, have created a wonderfully hysterical tale that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt a little different.
About the Author
Mike Reiss is a former head writer for The Simpsons, a show for which he has won four Emmy awards. He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he served as president of The Harvard Lampoon, and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. His other books for children include How Murray Saved Christmas, Santa Claustrophobia, and The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln, all illustrated by David Catrow.
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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This picture book about an eight-year-old who is unhappy because he looks like Abraham Lincoln is unlikely to find an appreciative readership. When Benjy is sent to "Camp What-cha-ma-call-it: The Camp for Kids who look like Things," he learns to appreciate his appearance after he meets children with even bigger problems. One camper looks like the Mona Lisa, one resembles a toaster, and another child looks like "the back of a horse." At the end of the summer, Benjy returns to school with enough confidence to run for class president. Reiss's sly humor is reflected in Catrow's cartoon drawings. While the brief text and silly art indicate a primary-grade audience, the plot is better suited to older children, but they're likely to be turned off by the format.
my daughter recently brought this book home as an AR reading book from first grade!This book is totally inappropriate for children! n he has the nerve to illustrate as a children's book! The entire book is about kids that look like different things..... one can only imagine what the last kid looked like when the last page read......"Now I just have to figure out how to help my brother, DICKie! This book should be removed from shelves! It angers me to know what they are putting in our childrens books!!!!!!!!!!!! ridiculous!
I love this book. The irreverent humor is displayed in both the illustrations and story and though most of the true humor goes right over my 4-year-old's head, he wants me to read this to him nearly every night! And I don't mind!!! I've always enjoyed twisted kid's stories and this one is one of the best.
During our recent school book fair, late one afternoon the media lady and I found this book. Within seconds the quiet library was loud with our laughter as we eagerly read each page out loud and howled with fun. We loved this book. I am a substitute teacher and I will carry this book to many of my classes, until they ask me to stop reading it to them. I enjoy reading funny books that have a wonderful message.
As a librarian, I have to say this is a good book. The illustrations are fabulous and the story is cute. I think it teaches children to love the special way they are and helps them learn to accept others, no matter what they may look like.
I bought this book at a book fair and must say that I like it a lot! It may not make quite as much sense to a student, but it is a pretty funny book for an adult. I think though that kids would relate to it just because it is silly and the young boy finally comes to love the way he looks.
I fail to see how this book could help the self image of any child. In fact, Please preview the final page BEFORE purchasing. The baby brother is supposed to resemble Richard Nixon (how on earth would a young child possibly know this?). Instead, the nose on 'Richard Nixon' is highly suggestive of the male anatomy. When this book was shown at a recent teaching convention, several people gasped at the last page! Please look carefully before buying.