Brainjuice by Carol Diggory Shields
American History, Fresh Squeezed!

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History homework getting you down? Too much to learn? Names? Dates? Important events? Hang in there! Help is on the way! Adroitly reducing reams of boring data about our nation’s past to a generous selection of over-the-top verses, Carol Diggory Shields presents our history with incisive hilarity. Here, for example, is her wry interpretation of the Louisiana Purchase:
Tom Jefferson went shopping for a city one fine day
Something in the South with a harbor or a bay,
“Voila!” said the French, “The city of your dreams!
For only 15 million, we will sell you New Orleans.”

Nutritionally balanced, guaranteed pure, 100% refreshing, and cleverly distilled future BrainJuice topics will include biography, literature, and geography.
 

About Carol Diggory Shields

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Carol Diggory Shields is a poet, a humorist, and a librarian -- the perfect qualifications for reducing immense bodies of knowledge into a very few lines of extremely funny verse. Grateful teachers and students can direct fan letters to her in Salinas, CalRichard Thompson is a political cartoonist whose work appears regularly in the Washington Post and US News & World Report. This is the first book he has illustrated for children. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, Amy, and their two young boys.
 
Published October 1, 2002 by Hand Print. 64 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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"These 41 short poems begin with a ditty about dinosaurs and end with 'The Lady,' a paean to the Statue of Liberty, which Shields casts as witness to the destruction of the World Trade Center," noted PW .

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by Richard Thompson, beginning with, appropriately, ""The First,"" a ditty about dinosaurs (""The first Americans who roamed the prairie/ Were kind of big and kind of scary"") and ending with ""The Lady,"" a paean to the Statue of Liberty, which Shields casts as witness to the destruction of...

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In the tragic romance, ""Chemical Reaction,"" Shields writes, ""He was acid, she was alkaline./ He wasn't her type, but he thought she looked fine."" Political cartoonist Thompson's exuberant drawings combine with the text to supersaturate the pages with wit and levity.

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