The Next President: The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America’s Presidents
The Next President: The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America’s Presidents
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The Next President: The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America’s Presidents

Written by Kate Messner and Adam Rex
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8 - 12
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48
Page count
1080L
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Mar 24, 2020
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A creative look at both the history and future of American presidents.

In this chronologically intertwined look at U.S. Presidents, the overlapping lives of America’s 45 presidents are considered, along with how the officeholders have been similar and have changed since 1789 and how they will continue to change in the years ahead. Most pages indicate a certain year followed by an overview of the different seasons of life of then-living presidents before diving into details of each. In 1841, for example, “Presidents 18 and 19 were both in college . . . Presidents 20, 21, and 22, were all busy growing up.” Additional details are then provided: “President 19, Rutherford B. Hayes, was studying at Kenyon College . . . He had a reputation as a pretty good cook . . . ” The book ends by emphasizing the trajectory of presidents from mostly white, male Protestants to a Catholic president, an African American president, and a woman receiving a major party’s nomination for president. As it concludes, it asks where future presidents are today and what they’re currently doing, postulating a few possibilities based on historical data. Messner does a remarkable job of structuring and intertwining the individual lives and their narratives into a fluid narrative while Rex’s illustrations are equally flexible and interwoven. It’s not a light read, but it is a remarkable, novel introduction to American history and presidents.

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Book Details

ISBN
9781452174884
Publication Date
March 24, 2020
Publisher
Chronicle Books LLC
Text Details
Typeset in Sentinel, Futura, Value Serif, and Garris.
Illustration Details
The illustrations in this book were rendered digitally.
Page Count
48
Audience
Picture
Reading Age
8 - 12 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
2018052489
WorldCat Number (OCLC)
1151479247
Lexile® Level
1080L
Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
~Z
Est. ATOS® Book Level
~7.5

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