Book Review: Letters to The Hall of Presidents by Guy Hutchinson

Author: Guy Hutchinson
Title: Letters to The Hall of Presidents
Publication Info: Independently published (May 22, 2020)

I saw this as a bargain for Kindle and thought it might be cute.  It turns out that these were not actual letters written to Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents but a humor book where the author makes up letters from school students to the Presidents and their response.  It’s only 99 pages with a lot of illustrations, so I read it anyway.  The problem with this humor book is that there is nothing in it that is funny. In fact, I kind of hate it.

Rating: 1/2 star

Book Review: Who Was John F. Kennedy by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Author: Yona Zeldis McDonough
TitleWho Was John F. Kennedy
Publication Info: New York : Grosset & Dunlap, c2005.

Continuing our way through the “Who Was…?” series with my son.  This book again shows the series’ ability to be age-appropriate, but to also offer honest appraisals of their subjects.  I was particularly impressed by the details of Kennedy’s pre-Presidential life.

Rating: ***

Little Known Presidential Trivia

Among U.S. presidents, Warren G. Harding had the largest dirigible.

Rare photo of one of Warren Hardings fishing trips
Rare photo of one of Warren Harding's fishing trips

Every Sunday he’d pack that helium-filled baby with cold brewskis, lingerie models, and a brass band and take the whole White House staff and their families out for a party. He’d hover out over the Potomac, drop a line, and fish until he was drunk. Harding was an angry drunk, so often White House pages were dropped out in the river during his violent rages. But no one wanted to mess with a man who owned a giant dirigible. Besides, it was Prohibition, where else were they going to get such good beer for free?

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

Previously: What do Presidents do when their term is up?