Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler

illus. by Neil Swaab. (Mixed-Up History). 160p. Roaring Brook. Jan. 2018. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781250148919; ebk. $6.99. ISBN 9781250152466.
POPGr 3–5—Everyone in Abby's class hates history, especially her stepbrother, Doc. At the end of the school day, when Abby and Doc are waiting for their mom in the library storage room, they hear a thump coming from inside one of the cardboard boxes. Suddenly, out jumps Abraham Lincoln. He has traveled through time to let the students know that because of their complaints, he and other famous people have decided to quit history. This is where Abby's and Doc's exciting adventure begins. They must undo the damage they have done so that Abraham Lincoln will show up to the election and win the presidency. In this first book of the "Mixed-up History" series, Sheinkin combines historical facts with outlandish time travel antics. His historical note at the end encourages readers to "look it up" to find evidence of the unbelievable facts he shares about notable historical figures. Black-and-white line drawings reinforce the silliness of the story, while the short chapters will keep reluctant readers hooked.
VERDICT A fun way to entice students to embrace what might seem, at first glance, like boring history.

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