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Lincoln Tells a Joke written by Kathleen Krull illustrated by Stacy Innerst

Publication Date: April 1, 2010

Reviewed For: Grades 1-4

Journal Review / Summary
The legends that endure about Lincoln are many: his log-cabin childhood, his honesty, his eloquence. What is less-often discussed is how he used humor to diffuse tense political situations, disarm critics, and undo the stresses of running the country. His love of words in general, and jokes and humor more specifically, helped him throughout his life when things were difficult, uncomfortable, and downright dire, as they often were during the Civil War. Krull is an expert at teasing out the fun, quirky sides of her subjects and sharing them in a way that is both genuine and engaging. This take on Lincoln is no exception. He is portrayed as an accessible, endearing, and sympathetic figure, not just another president. Children will be drawn in by the straightforward prose, and librarians will enjoy sharing the book aloud. Innerst’s colorful and unconventional acrylic illustrations cover the entire page and are the perfect complement to both the text and the subject matter, making this a standout biography. Pair it with Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora’s George Washington’s Teeth (Farrar, 2003) for a unique look at two of our most famous leaders. – SLJ

Illustration Medium: acrylic on illustration board

Execution in the artistic technique employed:

Appropriateness of style of illustration to story, theme, and concept:
Goofy drawings, not really sure how that relates to the story or why such an odd illustration style was sued.

Delineation/interpretation of a plot through illustration:
The plot doesn’t change much because of the illustration.

Delineation/interpretation of a theme or concept through illustration:
Silly drawings, jokes are good.

Delineation of characters through illustration:
Lincoln is very recognizable, no matter what; I think it would be hard to mess up this criteria.

Delineation of setting through illustration:
When settings are drawn they’re well done.

Delineation of mood through illustration:
Strongest point of the book.

Delineation of information through illustration:
Information through illustration, no. Through text, yes.

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