It’s Up to You, Ben Franklin by Tom & Leila Hirschfeld

 It’s Up to You, Ben Franklin by Tom & Leila Hirschfeld, Crown Books for Young Readers, 2019. 9780553509496

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book?  The biography was presented in a very witty and humorous way that would engage the most reluctant reader. The authors explore eleven pivotal moments in Ben Franklin’s life that shaped his journey with funny sidebars, fun facts, and quizzes that put you in Ben Franklin’s shoes. The authors have presented the information that gets the reader involved and learning without feeling like it is forced. At the end of the book, the authors have included additional resources about other historical figures mentioned, a recommended reading list, and even places to visit to learn more about his life. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of the “Who Was…” series, “Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales,”  students interested in historical figures

Who should buy this book? Elementary and middle schools, public libraries.

Where would you shelve it ? Biography

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Meghann Price, Lynn Vocational Technical Institute, Lynn, MA

Date of review: January 19, 2020


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