Action Presidents # 2 : Abraham Lincoln! by Fred Van Lente
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A delightful and educational take on history, filled with plenty of jokes, is how School Library Journal describes this book. Booklist, in a starred review, praises it as “sheer joy.” It is a finalist for the 2019 Excellence in Graphic Literature Award in Middle Grade Nonfiction.
In this full-color graphic novel, U.S. history comes alive in a way like never before. We all know about Abraham Lincoln’s iconic Gettysburg Address and his role in ending the Civil War. But did you know that he never attended college, worked as a licensed bartender, and even stored important documents in his famous top hat?
These hilarious new Graphic Novels, which combine the humor of the Wimpy Kid series and the educational nature of the Who Was… series, are created by New York Times bestselling comic book author Fred Van Lente and award-winning cartoonist Ryan Dunlavey. The history depicted is real, but the jokes are definitely fake.
Action Presidents offers a mix of historical accuracy and high entertainment value. Its bold and hilarious comic-style illustrations are perfect for curious minds. The book is filled with timelines, maps, charts, and more to keep readers engaged and learning until the very last page.
Action Presidents: The Untold Stories of America’s Founding Fathers
Hey there! How’s it going in Harper Kids land? I’m Fred van Lente and I’m Ryan Dunlavey, and together we create Action Presidents. The first two volumes will be out on June 2nd. Today, on Memorial Day, we thought it would be fun to create a brand new Action Presidents story for you. This story will be totally improvised and filled with exciting lies and fake jokes. Ryan has never heard what I’m about to tell him, so let’s get started!
The subject for today’s impromptu session is John Adams, our unofficial Action Presidents number five. Adams was descended from proud Puritan stock and was born on October 30, 1735. He was sent to Harvard by his dad to become a minister, but decided to become a lawyer instead. One of his first and most famous clients was John Hancock, who signed the Declaration of Independence.
Hancock’s ship, the Liberty, was seized for smuggling, and Adams defended him in court successfully. Adams became vice president under George Washington and served as his most eloquent advocate for full independence. The United States eventually declared its separation from Great Britain, and Adams played a significant role in shaping the new nation.
Adams served two terms as vice president and became the second most popular person in the country after Washington. Although he didn’t enjoy being vice president, Adams was known as the “Atlas of Independence” for his contributions. However, his relationship with Thomas Jefferson, his vice president and political rival, became strained as they constantly undermined each other.
In the election of 1800, Adams was defeated by Jefferson, and his presidency ended. Despite their differences, Adams and Jefferson eventually became friends again and corresponded until their deaths. They both died on July 4, 1826, the same day as the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
That wraps up our impromptu Action Presidents session! We hope you enjoyed this unique story of John Adams. Stay tuned for the release of the first two volumes of Action Presidents on June 2nd. Happy Memorial Day!