The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln by Mike Reiss

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Mike Reiss, writer for The Simpsons, and David Catrow, honored twice with a New York Times best illustrated book of the year, have joined forces once again for their quirkiest book yet.

Benjy has an unusual problem. He looks just like Abraham Lincoln-right down to the wart and beard. Needless to say, his life isn't easy. He gets gifts of Lincoln Logs and stovepipe hats on every birthday. He gets stuck playing Lincoln in every school play-whether he's part of the story or not. And the teasing is unrelenting. When school ends he plans on spending another summer sitting inside alone, but his parents have a surprise. They're sending him to Camp What-cha-ma-call-it-The Camp for Kids Who Look Like Things! Within scenes reminiscent of Bosch and Brueghel, Benjy learns that he's not unusual-he's unique! And when he realizes what's special about himself, it doesn't take long for others to realize it as well.

Mike Reiss and David Catrow have created a wonderfully hysterical tale that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt a little different from his or her peers.

Illustrated by David Catrow.

About Mike Reiss

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Mike Reiss, primarily a film and TV writer, is best known as a former head writer for the popular animated sitcom, The Simpsons. He spent nineteen years on the show and won four Emmy awards. He is also an author of nine other children's books, some of which include, Santa Claustrophobia, The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln, and How Murray Saved Christmas. Mike lives in New York City with his wife. Johnny Yanok's main interests include Halloween, Disney World, and anything mid-century modern. He has won two Spectrum Awards for the best in contemporary art. He is the Art Director of Johnny Yanok Graphic Design Illustration and has been a graphic designer for American Greetings for more than eleven years. Johnny lives in Akron, Ohio.
Published December 29, 2003 by Price Stern Sloan. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Cooking, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Even Catrow’s flamboyantly over-the-top art can’t completely rescue this superficial cautionary tale from the heap of mediocre, heavy-handed takes on the theme.

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Benjy looks like Abraham Lincoln as only Catrow can evoke.

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Simpsons writer Reiss and Catrow are back for a third pairing ( How Murray Saved Christmas), their class clown hearts beating as one.

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