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The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution: A Handbook for Time Travelers

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Jokey history offers Yelp-like reviews for time travelers.

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This funny take on history uses the time-travel gimmick to engage readers and convey solid information. While A Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution is lively and easy to read, it sometimes applies its lighthearted tone to the very serious business of war. Parents may find themselves explaining what are considered funny comments ("This was wonderful for my diet. I lost fifteen pounds!" says a reviewer about the winter at Valley Forge) or the joking way a punishment in the Continental Army is described ("You're made to 'ride the wooden horse.' Your hands and feet are bound and you are made to sit on a wooden stake. Enjoy!").

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