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Presidential Misadventures

Presidential Misadventures

Poems That Poke Fun at the Man in Charge

Bob Raczka; illustrated by Dan E. Burr

Roaring Brook Press


A spoonful of poetry helps the mockery go down! This collection of presidential poems is historical and hysterical.

The clerihew is a simple poetic form specifically invented to make fun of famous people—and who is more famous than the misbehaving presidents of the United States? Here are forty-three poems teasing the commander-in-chief that are fun to read aloud and even more fun to write yourself. From the author of the incredibly inventive Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word comes a new collection filled with zingers, humdingers, and Presidential Misadventures.


complained that flossing was no fun.

Lifelong dental misadventures

led to presidential dentures.

Ambitious bachelor JOHN ADAMS

promised Abigail,...

Praise for Presidential Misadventures

“These poems are satisfying bursts of sarcasm and wit.” —Publisher's Weekly

“Lighthearted and entertaining, Raczka's irreverent quatrains show middle graders no figure is too lofty for some poetic play.” —Kirkus

“A jovial collection . . . Share these aloud with history buffs or to enliven the classroom.” —Booklist

“A fun and informative addition to poetry collections.” —School Library Journal


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Bob Raczka; illustrated by Dan E. Burr

Bob Raczka has written many books about art and art history for children and several collections of children's poetry including Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word. He lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Dan E. Burr is an illustrator and cartoonist who has won several Eisner and Harvey Awards.

Roaring Brook Press

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