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30 review for Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived In The White House

  1. 4 out of 5

    Morris

    “Presidential Pets” is an excellent introduction to the history of the American presidents for children. The hook is obviously the pet facts, but each president also has brief and easy-to-digest facts about their presidency on their pages. The illustrations are wonderful, as well. Highly recommended to animal and history lovers of all ages. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Madissen

    It was good because it taught you the president pet how they got them.When you read it to some on you can make them guess the pet and why the might have got mad at them and sent them away so some one can come and pick them up and rake care of them at all times.When I read that book it made me realize a lot of thing about those pet and that just made me really like.

  3. 4 out of 5

    William Bahr

    A big WOW for this bow-wow book! Julia Moberg’s wonderful book is advertised for grade levels 3-7, but I believe it’s really for ages 3-70+, especially because it offers a good opportunity for the adult reader to pick and choose the best fun ways to explain its content to any child listening. The book covers all American presidents from Washington to Obama: Each president gets a Poem (most of them pretty good rhymes, but, ok, a few are a bit of a stretch); Stats (term of office; first lady; vice A big WOW for this bow-wow book! Julia Moberg’s wonderful book is advertised for grade levels 3-7, but I believe it’s really for ages 3-70+, especially because it offers a good opportunity for the adult reader to pick and choose the best fun ways to explain its content to any child listening. The book covers all American presidents from Washington to Obama: Each president gets a Poem (most of them pretty good rhymes, but, ok, a few are a bit of a stretch); Stats (term of office; first lady; vice president; political party; years lived; jobs before presidency; nickname); Tell Me More (oftentimes juicy tidbits); and Accomplishments and Events. If the author ever updates her book, I’d like to recommend she modify her George Washington entry to remove his Federalist party designation. Washington studiously avoided being labeled a Federalist, strongly preferring no party affiliation in an effort to unify and heal America after its long war with England and to avoid the opportunities to get entangled in ongoing wars between England and France. Overall, the book is a charming, delightful read for the child at heart who’d like to find a fun way to instill a sense of national history in children beginning their journey through life. As a fellow author, I highly recommend it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bookdragonqueenljs22

    thanks lucy I thought it was funny and full of humar.

  5. 5 out of 5

    A.C.E. Bauer

    A fun way to introduce kids to all the presidents.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Summary: This super fun and engaging stories provides students information on our presidents from a different point of view, their pets. Digging into specifics about the presidential families and giving insight into their strange and exotic pets they cared for while in office. Characteristics: This books is full of great illustrations, bullet point specifics and funny antidotes that keep kids reading! Mentor Writing Traits: Presentation: The illustrations bring so much to the story and give stud Summary: This super fun and engaging stories provides students information on our presidents from a different point of view, their pets. Digging into specifics about the presidential families and giving insight into their strange and exotic pets they cared for while in office. Characteristics: This books is full of great illustrations, bullet point specifics and funny antidotes that keep kids reading! Mentor Writing Traits: Presentation: The illustrations bring so much to the story and give students hilarious images of presidents and the real life of being a pet owner. Organization: This is a great story to introduce key points and details because it is written in a bulleted sense, it is easy to follow and understand. It provides real information and provides a quick twist with interesting facts that are often not known. Classroom Integration: Learning about all of the presidents can often being a dry topic but this book lends a little light to the subject. Giving students real information but also providing a fun twist, allows for more engagement and great facts that they will remember a long time. Writing presidential biographies just became that much more fun! Reading Level: 6.8

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Each of the US Presidents has 2 pages devoted to them. One is a full colored cartoon. On the other page is: first is a poem about the pet or pets, second is a list of presidential stats, third is listed more facts about the pet/president & fourth is a list of accomplishments during the president's time in office. This book is highly recommended for children & adults. It is a fun read & the illustrations are the topping on the cake! Each of the US Presidents has 2 pages devoted to them. One is a full colored cartoon. On the other page is: first is a poem about the pet or pets, second is a list of presidential stats, third is listed more facts about the pet/president & fourth is a list of accomplishments during the president's time in office. This book is highly recommended for children & adults. It is a fun read & the illustrations are the topping on the cake!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This nonfiction book is so entertaining! I read it to a class of 6th graders and they were very engaged and couldn't wait to check out the book. I love that each president has a poem to introduce them and the specific information is so interesting. It's short, looks like a graphic novel, or cartoon book, and full of fascinating facts. Pictures are like caricatures and even though I am not an animal lover, I still really enjoyed this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Sopko

    More than just presidential stats and facts, this book is so entertaining! A poem for each president's pet together with notes about each first family's favorite furry White House roommates -- no wonder this is so popular with students!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Strange, sloppy, and sometimes scary, illustrations. There are other president books out there we enjoy much more.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    There are lots of interesting details about presidents and their wives and families and their pets or other animals. They range from lots of dogs, plus cats, to a couple of goats, also parrots and alligators. Each president is introduced by an awful sort-of-poem with bad rhyme choices. These are all bad, in my opinion. For each one they give Presidential Stats: dates in office, party, First Lady, vice president(s), birth & death dates & places, nicknames and what they did before becoming president There are lots of interesting details about presidents and their wives and families and their pets or other animals. They range from lots of dogs, plus cats, to a couple of goats, also parrots and alligators. Each president is introduced by an awful sort-of-poem with bad rhyme choices. These are all bad, in my opinion. For each one they give Presidential Stats: dates in office, party, First Lady, vice president(s), birth & death dates & places, nicknames and what they did before becoming president. It covers all the presidents from Washington to Obama. It even includes William Henry Harrison who died one month after taking office; on a cold rainy day in Washington, he gave the longest inaugural address in U.S. history, speaking for almost 2 hours. He died of pneumonia, the first president to die in office. It also includes Millard Fillmore, who had no pets. He did, however, found the Buffalo, NY, chapter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He also has the shortest poem in the book: "Millard Fillmore Married his teacher, But didn't own Any furry-haired creatures." There are also Events & Accomplishments which include states admitted to the Union, and bills or Constitutional Amendments passed. Some of these are positive, some are negative: Franklin Pierce (in office 1853-1857) enforced the Fugitive Slave Act to help return fugitive slaves to their owners. Also included are other odd or interesting things that happened during that time, or to the families. According to School Library Journal's review: "Albrecht's digital cartoons have an exaggerated, frenetic energy that keeps the mood light." In my opinion, they're terrible and ugly. Most of the dogs are indistinguishable from one another, and certainly aren't identifiable by breed. If you ignore the "poem" and the illustrations, it's a good presidential trivia book. Even for adults.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I received a copy of this title from the publisher through Net-galley in exchange for an honest review. Most people have dogs and cats, but when you’re the President of the United States what kind of pet would you have. This is what Julia Moberg tells us in her book Presidential Pets. I have read this book twice since I received my copy. Once on my own and then again with my two boys. I loved the cleverness of the rhymes and artwork. I found the facts about the Presidents interesting and well. I received a copy of this title from the publisher through Net-galley in exchange for an honest review. Most people have dogs and cats, but when you’re the President of the United States what kind of pet would you have. This is what Julia Moberg tells us in her book Presidential Pets. I have read this book twice since I received my copy. Once on my own and then again with my two boys. I loved the cleverness of the rhymes and artwork. I found the facts about the Presidents interesting and well. It was easy to work a discussion about a President with the pets as jumping off point. I LOVED this book!!! Since my copy is on my Kindle (I have a basic Paperwhite) all the pictures were black and white. I would definitely recommended this books to educators and my fellow parents. History and politics can often be hard for young kids grasp. This book broke down important things that happened during the particular Presidents term in office But let’s face it the pets are the star of show. Every kids loves animals. A book filled with everything alligators to horses is right up most kids ally.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived in the White House by Julia Moberg is such a delightful, informational book you just have to pick up! On each page there are many incredible fact tidbits that are about that certain president, weird oddities pertaining to him, and accomplishments and other facts you may not know. The book goes through all the presidents. I am a big history buff but I learned so much fun trivia from this book. It was a fun, a Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived in the White House by Julia Moberg is such a delightful, informational book you just have to pick up! On each page there are many incredible fact tidbits that are about that certain president, weird oddities pertaining to him, and accomplishments and other facts you may not know. The book goes through all the presidents. I am a big history buff but I learned so much fun trivia from this book. It was a fun, and informative with lots of creative and imaginative drawings that make you smile. Just a real joy. I needed this! Knowledge, a snicker, and cartoons... and good fun read!!! Loved it, need more of these books. The way it is written, with funny poems mixed with silly facts and true facts, it is good for everyone. Pet lovers would love this book. The perfect gift for that person who has everything. I received this book from NetGalley for a honest review and it in no way effected my rating or review and boy am I glad I got it! Thanks NetGalley!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jezire C Akin

    This was very cute. Each president is represented and discussed. Not only is there a short but fun poem about the pets the presidents had but also a small section about what the presidents were known for, their wives, and some additional interesting facts and information. I do feel like this would be appropriate for children in a little bit of older elementary or beginning of middle school age because some of the facts about the presidents talk about acts they passed or important events of the ti This was very cute. Each president is represented and discussed. Not only is there a short but fun poem about the pets the presidents had but also a small section about what the presidents were known for, their wives, and some additional interesting facts and information. I do feel like this would be appropriate for children in a little bit of older elementary or beginning of middle school age because some of the facts about the presidents talk about acts they passed or important events of the time which might be a little advanced for lower elementary. Overall, this was a lot of fun. I actually read a few sections to my husband and he went on to look up additional facts that were of interest to him. Definitely worth checking out if you enjoy learning about presidential pets. Personally, we have an English Springer Spaniel and decided on him because his breed served as such a strong and wonderful family pet to G.W. Bush.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathrine

    Who lived in the white house with a garter snake named "Emily Spinach"? Presidential Pets by Julia Moberg and illustrated by Jeff Studios will answer this question and many others. This nonfiction book would be the perfect choice for readers who are animal lovers, interested in the presidents or U. S. history. Readers who are reluctant to pick up a history book will be surprised to learn how much fun history can be after reading just a page or two of this informative book. Each president is intr Who lived in the white house with a garter snake named "Emily Spinach"? Presidential Pets by Julia Moberg and illustrated by Jeff Studios will answer this question and many others. This nonfiction book would be the perfect choice for readers who are animal lovers, interested in the presidents or U. S. history. Readers who are reluctant to pick up a history book will be surprised to learn how much fun history can be after reading just a page or two of this informative book. Each president is introduced with a short rhyme and then information about the kind of pets he owned while living in the White House. Also included are presidential facts such as when he was born, died, his first lady and his accomplishments. Fun information about pets includes which president owned two grizzly bear cubs, who kept an alligator in the bathtub, who was bitten by a dog and who had a parrot that wouldn't stop swearing. Who wouldn't be curious about the answers to those questions?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    3.5 stars. Perfect read for the presidential year. Many different animals have lived in the White House, and not only dogs, cats and goldfish, but also elephants, horses, ponies, alligators, cows, bears, a foul-mouthed (or foul-beaked?) parrot, sheep, tigers, silkworm, and more. Each president is introduced with his pet or pets with a short poem, and then other interesting facts are provided about the pet, and the president's term. I enjoyed the book, it is interesting and amusing. I would not rec 3.5 stars. Perfect read for the presidential year. Many different animals have lived in the White House, and not only dogs, cats and goldfish, but also elephants, horses, ponies, alligators, cows, bears, a foul-mouthed (or foul-beaked?) parrot, sheep, tigers, silkworm, and more. Each president is introduced with his pet or pets with a short poem, and then other interesting facts are provided about the pet, and the president's term. I enjoyed the book, it is interesting and amusing. I would not recommend to read it from cover to cover in one seat, since it might weaken the effect, and become repetitive, but a couple of presidents a day sounds like a good approach. The illustrations are very humorous too. Great non-fiction option to get kids interested in social studies topics. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Find more children's book reviews in Reviews in Chalk

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kizzi Roberts

    Have you ever wondered which presidents had pets? Who had a dog or a cat? What if a president had a parrot or a snake or an elephant! Read and rhyme your way through this book chock full of presidential pets which come in all shapes and sizes. "Presidential Pets" written by Julia Moberg and illustrated by Jeff Albrecht Studios teaches children all about every single pet that has ever lived alongside a president at the White House. Fascinating facts will entertain and surprise children and adults Have you ever wondered which presidents had pets? Who had a dog or a cat? What if a president had a parrot or a snake or an elephant! Read and rhyme your way through this book chock full of presidential pets which come in all shapes and sizes. "Presidential Pets" written by Julia Moberg and illustrated by Jeff Albrecht Studios teaches children all about every single pet that has ever lived alongside a president at the White House. Fascinating facts will entertain and surprise children and adults. This book is definitely not lacking on information. There are two pages devoted to each president and his pet(s). The amount of information may be overwhelming for beginning readers but it is presented in a fun way with lots of illustrations. Great read especially during the election year. Thank you to Net Galley and Imagine for a reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    More of a collection of random facts about the presidents than a book specifically about pets. Generally entertaining and might be useful for introducing presidents, but eh. Every president has a cutesy, sometimes awful poem to introduce them, a collection of stats such as term & political party, a "Tell Me More!" that lists random fact, and an "Accomplishments & Events" category that was a bit problematic as incredibly awful things such as racist, sexist, & xenophobic laws were placed next to g More of a collection of random facts about the presidents than a book specifically about pets. Generally entertaining and might be useful for introducing presidents, but eh. Every president has a cutesy, sometimes awful poem to introduce them, a collection of stats such as term & political party, a "Tell Me More!" that lists random fact, and an "Accomplishments & Events" category that was a bit problematic as incredibly awful things such as racist, sexist, & xenophobic laws were placed next to great advancements with no distinction. The illustrations have a cartoon-y feel which ranges from fun to ugly and frantic. While it offers a few fun things, I wouldn't recommend it and lost interest quickly.

  19. 5 out of 5

    HeavyReader

    I thought this book was rather silly, even as something written for kids. Each U.S. president is given two pages. On the first page, some little anecdote about the president and an animal is told in verse. (I found the verses trite, but maybe a kid would love them.) Also on the page are sections for "Presidential Stats", "Accomplishments and Events", and "Tell Me More!" (which includes additional information about animals in the president's White House.) On the facing page, there is a cartoon-y i I thought this book was rather silly, even as something written for kids. Each U.S. president is given two pages. On the first page, some little anecdote about the president and an animal is told in verse. (I found the verses trite, but maybe a kid would love them.) Also on the page are sections for "Presidential Stats", "Accomplishments and Events", and "Tell Me More!" (which includes additional information about animals in the president's White House.) On the facing page, there is a cartoon-y illustration of the events of the poem. The drawing is slightly better than the writing. I am grateful that I did not have to drum up enthusiasm for reading this book aloud to a child. I'm also grateful that I will never have a child of my own request that I read this book aloud.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: When I saw this book, I thought it would be filled with funny and endearing stories about the various Presidential pets. That is why I was a bit disappointed in the amount of information provided. Yes, it does list the various animals who have called The White House home, and let meow tell you, there was quite a selection. Some made me wonder what somepawdy was thinking. Sadly, there were not many cats written up (Hrrumph) and while it did provide a laundry list of items, Princess Fuzzypants here: When I saw this book, I thought it would be filled with funny and endearing stories about the various Presidential pets. That is why I was a bit disappointed in the amount of information provided. Yes, it does list the various animals who have called The White House home, and let meow tell you, there was quite a selection. Some made me wonder what somepawdy was thinking. Sadly, there were not many cats written up (Hrrumph) and while it did provide a laundry list of items, it just didn't seem to go into the special bond that humans have with their animals. Ah well. When it did go into more detail, it was such fun. I did like the drawing a lot though. I wish the rest of the book was equally humourous. I will give it one paw up and three and a half purrs.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    This is a very charming book. The book gives an overview of all of our presidents and the animals that they had at the time of their presidencies. While the poems that introduce each president are a bit uneven, they are followed by interesting tidbits brief enough to keep a child interested. Even though the pets are the "stars" of the show, there is enough information on each president to keep reading for more. The illustrations are cute and wacky, and very charming. I would definitely read this This is a very charming book. The book gives an overview of all of our presidents and the animals that they had at the time of their presidencies. While the poems that introduce each president are a bit uneven, they are followed by interesting tidbits brief enough to keep a child interested. Even though the pets are the "stars" of the show, there is enough information on each president to keep reading for more. The illustrations are cute and wacky, and very charming. I would definitely read this to my grandson when he is a bit older, and I myself learned a thing or two while reading it. I received a copy of this title from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Miss Ryoko

    This was an interesting little book. I thought it'd be cool to learn about the different animals that have lived in the White House, but truth be told, there is more information on the presidents themselves than their pets. However it lists out what kinds of pets each president had and gives basic information on the presidents. There was a lot I didn't know/learned, so that was good! The illustrations were wacky and interesting (though the Bill Clinton one I definitely raised my eyebrow at becau This was an interesting little book. I thought it'd be cool to learn about the different animals that have lived in the White House, but truth be told, there is more information on the presidents themselves than their pets. However it lists out what kinds of pets each president had and gives basic information on the presidents. There was a lot I didn't know/learned, so that was good! The illustrations were wacky and interesting (though the Bill Clinton one I definitely raised my eyebrow at because it looked nothing like him). A fun historical read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    This book about presidential pets is at best a browsing book. A two-page spread is devoted to each president and his pet(s). Each entry begins with a poem about the president and the pet. Three more sections offer additional information on the president’s term of office, accomplishments and other trivia. The poems are mostly awful and uninteresting with forced rhymes. The wild cartoon-caricature illustrations are the best part of this title. There is an index, but this title has little else to o This book about presidential pets is at best a browsing book. A two-page spread is devoted to each president and his pet(s). Each entry begins with a poem about the president and the pet. Three more sections offer additional information on the president’s term of office, accomplishments and other trivia. The poems are mostly awful and uninteresting with forced rhymes. The wild cartoon-caricature illustrations are the best part of this title. There is an index, but this title has little else to offer.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Zebrowski-Wray

    A cute book but I thought that it should have solely focused on the pets that each president had, rather than all the extraneous information about other things that presidents did. Students who were interested in the presidents beyond their name would enjoy this book, but it's not a book that would be borrowed with frequency. On another note, it wasn't easy to review this book because it didn't look right on my Kindle. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to give an ho A cute book but I thought that it should have solely focused on the pets that each president had, rather than all the extraneous information about other things that presidents did. Students who were interested in the presidents beyond their name would enjoy this book, but it's not a book that would be borrowed with frequency. On another note, it wasn't easy to review this book because it didn't look right on my Kindle. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to give an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Lawler

    Each president's profile begins with a poem about the pets, some of which were wild animals, that shared the lives of the presidents and their families. This is followed by charts with facts about each president and their professional achievements, as well as a factoid or two highlighting a memorable event about the pets. Cartoon illustrations are comical and abundant. Indexed, but no bibliography or suggestions for further reading. Ages 8-12; Lexile NC 920.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Winddancer

    Witty poetry to describe the pets that have padded White House halls from Washington to Obama. Fun for readalouds for younger grades, perhaps 2nd-3rd grade readers will enjoy the sometimes tongue twisting rhymes that give a surprising amount of information. Text looks busy, rather like a modern history textbook, with pictures and cartoon drawings with captions scattered about the pages. Not a book to read front to back, rather one to peruse at leisure.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen Arendt

    Each presidential pet is introduced with a rhyme. In addition to the pet information, some facts and accomplishments about each president is presented. illustrations are comic and colorful. Some presidents had strange pets like Jefferson's two bears and John Quincy Adams alligator. Includes an index.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mariah

    A very humorous and visually-pleasing way to teach children about our presidents. While the title implies the book might just be about pets in the white house, the author infuses a lot of other presidential facts into each two-page spread. Illustrations are hilarious, and each delightful poem piques a reader's interest nicely.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Cole

    This book offers some fun and information text on all of our presidents from Washington to Obama. It could be used for a unit on pets or Presidents. I especially liked the fun and zany illustrations and the information presented not only talks about pets, but offers some historical knowledge about each President as well. Well organized and easy to read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Something of a misnomer. Just a small segment under each entry covers presidential pets. The remainder is info about the president and his accomplishments. Still full of interesting and entertaining information.

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