Published July 12th 2016 by Crown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0553537482 (
What if a zombie apocalypse or a robot uprising threatened the nation and you had the power to recruit some of the nation’s finest presidents to help save the day?
By studying the most successful squads in history, Daniel O’Brien has identified the perfect ingredients for a victorious team.
Which president would you choose for: the Brain, the Brawn, the Moral Compass, the Loose Cannon, and the Roosevelt?
Choose wisely—the fate of the world is in your hands!
In Your Presidential Fantasy Dream Team, author Daniel O'Brien hilariously introduces us to our first thirty-nine presidents, dissecting their legacies and comparing their capabilities for surviving in a fight and/or zombie apocalypse.
Each president is introduced WFF-style, with stats, move breakdowns and special background. O'Brien isn't afraid of sharing snarky, ridiculous history facts that definitely wouldn't make it in your standard history book. (Seriously, some of the entries had me laughing out lout in delighted disbelief, at how semi-saucy the facts were.) It's the type of writing that will absolutely delight kids simply by virtue of the fact that it feels verboten to some degree; and I can easily imagine this book appealing to reluctant readers of any age.
Add in the fact that WInston Rowntree has done a spectacular job with Wall Street Journal-esque pencil drawings that depict each of the presidents as superheroes, and readers will absolutely feel their imaginations sore.
My one disappointment with the book? That O'Brien hasn't covered anyone beyond Reagan. But I can only hope that this means that we have another installment to come.
Bottom line: Your Presidential Fantasy Dream Team is a fun, snarky introduction to our presidents, and the perfect gift for any reluctant reader.
About the author & illustrator:
Daniel O’Brien is the head writer and creative director of video for Cracked.com, the most-viewed comedy website on the Internet. His work has been featured on Comedy Central and in Splitsider, Forbes, USA Today, and Huffington Post. Daniel is also the co-editor of You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News, a New York Times bestseller, and is the pop culture expert on History Channel’s Your Bleeped Up Brain. When Daniel isn’t researching wacky trivia on our presidents, he can be found playing with his dog, Jackson, who is named after a president. Your Presidential Fantasy Dream Team is his first book for young readers.