Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have lived in the White House
By: Julie Moberg
Illustrated by: Jeff Albrecht Studios
Did you know that President John Quincy Adams had a pet alligator? I certainly didn't, but I do now; I learned that and more in this book!
This delightful book, as you may guess, tells readers about the wide range of pets that have called the White House home. Starting with George Washington and ending with Barack Hussein Obama II, each page spread is devoted to one of the presidents. Each spread starts with a quirky poem about that president's pet(s) and has additional information about the pet, presidential stats, and accomplishments of the president. The reader will also be drawn to the vibrant cartoon illustrations on every page spread!
I really appreciated the way information was arranged in this book. Readers are not overwhelmed when they open up this book. They can pick and choose. If they just want to read a fun poem, they can do that. And then they can read a little bit more about the pets when their interest is piqued. And then a little more about the president's stats... and then his achievements... This book is great for readers ages 9-12 and anyone who enjoys obscure historical data!