AMERICA BOWL by Don Steinberg

AMERICA BOWL

44 U.S. Presidents vs. 44 Super Bowls
Age Range: 7 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

To a boy like Steinberg, who grew up with action figures and three-inch-tall president statues who battled it out, it made perfect sense to create matchups between presidents and football games. Barack Obama is the 44th president, and early in his presidency came the 44th Super Bowl, so why not match each president with a Super Bowl game? President Washington, it turns out, wins round one: a monumental presidency, a letdown of a football game. Joe Montana led the San Francisco 49ers over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 16, but he didn’t free the slaves—“It’s Abraham Lincoln in a walkover.” There were no scandals in game 37, so score a win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over Richard Nixon. Each spread represents a game, with plenty of pictures and speech bubbles, as well as a scoreboard. Based on the America Bowl blog, this admittedly lightweight volume will teach a bit about presidents and football while offering the pure fun and goofiness intended by the author. (appendix) (Nonfiction. 7-12)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59643-683-1
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Flash Point/Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2010