King George: What Was His Problem? Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You about the American Revolution
by Steve Sheinkin
Illustrated by Tim Robinson
Copyright 2005/Illustrations 2008
Flash Point/Roaring Book Press - YA Nonfiction
195 pages incl. notes, quotes and index
If the title and cover of this book aren't enough to grab you, you must really hate history. I love history but I'm deficient in the subject matter and have spend a good portion of my adulthood trying to figure out how to overcome that annoying little educational black hole. Covers like that of King George: What Was His Problem? really knock my socks off. History presented in an offbeat, entertaining fashion? Irresistible.
The text and illustrations of King George: What Was His Problem? are every bit as enjoyable as the cover indicates. Clear, light-hearted and funny, told mostly in chronological order (sometimes the author sets a story aside and lets the reader know the relevance of characters and situations will become plain later on), Steve Sheinkin truly saved the best anecdotes from his years writing textbooks -- the human interest stories that make those characters of the Revolution three-dimensional rather than just a bunch of painted, stiff old guys in wigs. I don't believe it could possibly be more amusing and engaging. This passage made me laugh:
"Huzzah for the Americans" shouted the French soldiers. Then about a hundred American and French cannons opened fire. The French cannonballs smashed right into buildings in Yorktown. Many of the American cannonballs plopped into the river or landed in empty fields (the French had a lot more practice at this stuff).
I've got to go return this one to the library, quick like a bunny, before the raging storms that are allegedly bearing down upon us arrive. If we don't blow away, I'll be back to posting and visiting blogs, tomorrow. But, for now . . . off goes the computer. Have a lovely Tuesday!