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The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln [Paperback]

Mike Reiss

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guys, stop being crazy. (Spoiler Alert!) 3 Mar 2010
By B. Kling - Published on Amazon.com
This is a charming book. Funny, interesting, with a really creative premise. There's even a cute twist at the end. I've been thinking about it for days, that's how charming it was. But then I looked at its page on Amazon.

Some people on the internet, it turns out, are crazy people. I suppose in any sample of the population there will be people who haven't paid very much attention to American history. And I suppose there will also be people who look at Richard Nixon's face and think they're looking at a groin. But just because a reaction like this is possible to have does not make it reasonable to have.

So here's the deal. If you don't recognize the person on the last page, you should have paid more attention in history class. That's your fault. Don't take it out on this excellent little book. If you recognized the person on the last page as Richard Nixon and understood that he was a less well-reputed president than Abraham Lincoln, and by implication less enviable to look like, and still thought the reference to "Little Dickie" was an inappropriate joke, then that's something you need to work out with your therapist.

And if you are a parent or a legal guardian and your child laughs at the end because of the word "Dickie," use the opportunity to teach the little bugger about Watergate and explain why it's actually funny.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Children are a bit more sophisticated than you think 8 Mar 2004
By soki richards - Published on Amazon.com
This was a hilarious book, my niece who is eight years old thoroughly enjoyed it. I disagree with most who think that children don't get some of the subtleties of humor that's supposedly for adults. If you can't see this in children you must see them as spiritless robots.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids love it 2 May 2004
By Patric M. Verrone - Published on Amazon.com
My kids (age 9,6 and 4) love this book and so do I! It's funny, and has a sweet message about accepting who you are. There is a section where the boy who looks like Lincoln goes to a summer camp for kids that look like other things, and each time my kids get to that part they laugh out loud. As for any controversy with the last page, I'm surprised that anyone could read anything into it, other than poking fun at Richard Nixon.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Funniest Books I've Ever Read 7 Jun 2004
By DinsmoreHC - Published on Amazon.com
This book is absolutely hysterical and will have kids and adults (at least those who aren't halfwits with no knowledge of American history) laughing their behinds off. The author, Mike Reiss, writes for The Simpsons and just like that great show, the humor here is geared at one level towards kids and at another for their parents. And unlike the reviewer below, the caricature on the last page is clearly that of Richard Nixon, and would only be mistaken for something else by a person with another fixation on their mind.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Warm & Very Funny Book for Kids 29 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I can't believe there's any problem with this funny, smart , and warm book ! On the last page, we meet the brother of The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln--his name is Dickie and he looks just like Dick Nixon. He even has a TAPE RECORDER and is making two V's for Victory! Anyone who interprets "Dickie" in another way has no sense of history and a VERY DIRTY MIND.
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