Happy Monday, guys!
I haven't done MMGM in awhile, and it seems fitting to return with a MG book that tackles on the fascinating topic of counterfactual history.
Picking up where Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My... left off, we rejoin Franklin Isaac (a.k.a. "Ike") as he embarks on a colonial adventure, with Claire's encouragement...
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
Format read: ARC via publisher
I am (perhaps not for long),
Ike Saturday has seen better days. For one thing, his pen pal, Benjamin Franklin (yes, that Benjamin Franklin), is the target of an angry mob after Ike’s plan to help the Founding Fathers with some intel from the future seriously backfired. For another, he’s decided to mail himself back in time with the help of his girlfriend, Claire Wanzandae, and it’s not a particularly comfortable way to travel.
Once Ike tracks B-Freezy down in 1776, it becomes clear that his pal is less than impressed with the irritating, modern-day rescuer, partially because Ike has a habit of making things worse for Ben, and partially because Ben is incredibly cranky when not in the presence of numerous meat pies. Which speaks to another issue for the pair: they have no money, no food, and basically no plan for saving the country. But Claire won’t be able to cover for Ike back home in the future forever, and the British are looking pretty impatient, so Ike and B-Freezy will have to come up with something quickly if they want to avoid an epic, history-destroying disaster.
In this hilarious sequel to Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My . . . , Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel take Ike and B-Freezy’s antics to the next level as this ill-paired (and sometimes actually ill) duo hold the future of the world in their not-so-capable hands.
Alan Zweibel and Adam Mansbach bring us back into Ike's world, as he makes the daring decision to mail himself and join Benjamin Franklin in the past. The plan actually goes according to plan, but wild adventures occur, as the two try their best to save the future...
This is one of those situations where it would better serve future readers if I didn't spoil the plot, because it's just that entertaining. So let me just say: Zweibel and Mansbach have written a story that is not only entertaining, but also manages to teach a good many history lessons while they're at it. My inner Revolutionary War nerd was delighted at how they managed to slip in important facts and dates, which can only help young readers who are beginning to learn the facts, for the first time.
There's even a bit of timey-wimey - to borrow a phrase from Doctor Who - interwoven into the book, as Ike sensibly wonders things like how his actions are impacting things in the time he came from. Zweibel and Mansbach cover this remarkably well, and in a way that will make young readers wonder just how history normally shakes out.
With entertaining writing, letters that will crack readers up (and make them giggle), this is a book that is highly recommended, full stop.
About the authors:
ADAM MANSBACH is the author if the instant New York Times best sellers Go the **** to Sleep and You Have to ******* Eat, as well as the novels Rage is Back, The Dead Run, Angry Black White Boy, and The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Esquire,The Believer, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.