John, Paul, George & Ben (Hardcover)

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John, Paul, George & Ben By Lane Smith, Lane Smith (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lane Smith, Lane Smith (Illustrator)


From New York Times bestselling creator and Caldecott Honor recipient Lane Smith comes a fun story of five little lads before they became five really big Founding Fathers--perfect for patriotic holidays and storytime year round!

Once there were four lads . . . John [Hancock], Paul [Revere], George [Washington], and Ben [Franklin]. Oh yes, there was also Tom [Jefferson], but he was annoyingly independent and hardly ever around. These lads were always getting into trouble for one reason or another. In other words, they took a few . . . liberties. And to be honest, they were not always appreciated. Until one day, they all played a part in securing America's freedom.

"Deftly drawn, witty, and instantly appealing, the illustrations creatively blend period elements such as wood-grain and crackle-glaze texturing, woodcut lines, and formal compositions typical of the era, with gaping mouths and stylized, spiraling eyes typical of modern cartoons." --Booklist

"Exercise your freedom to scoop up this one." --​School Library Journal

Don't miss these other books by Lane Smith:
Madam President
The Big Elephant in the Room


About the Author

Lane Smith wrote and illustrated Grandpa Green, which was a 2012 Caldecott Honor book, and It's a Book, which was a New York Timesbestseller has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. His other authored works include the national bestsellers Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben, and he has created art for many books including the Caldecott Honor winner The Stinky Cheese Man, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, and I'm Just No Good at Rhyming (And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups), among many others. His books have been New York Times Best Illustrated Books on four occasions. In 2012, the Eric Carle Museum named him a Carle Artist for "lifelong innovation in the field of children's picture books," and in 2014, he was the recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Society of Illustrators. Lane and his wife, book designer Molly Leach, live in a rural Connecticut.

Praise For…

* "The book closes with 'ye olde True or False section,' as hilarious as it is informative, a wonderful complement to this singular blend of parody and historically accurate events."—Publishers Weekly

"This may serve as an entry point for kids who think that history is dry as dust, and 'Ye Olde True or False Section' really is pretty funny."—Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9780786848935
ISBN-10: 0786848936
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 1st, 2006
Pages: 40
Language: English