Being Teddy Roosevelt (Hardcover)

By Claudia Mills, R. W. Alley (Illustrator)

Farrar Straus Giroux, 9780374306571, 89pp.

Publication Date: February 20, 2007



Riley O'Rourke is writing his report on President Teddy Roosevelt in preparation for the fourth-grade biography tea, but he has a far more important goal: to get a saxophone so he can take instrumental music. His mother can't afford to rent him a sax, and he's sure he'll never save up enough money to buy one. But as Riley learns more about Roosevelt's "bully" spirit, he realizes that there just might be a way to solve his problem after all.

Claudia Mills' sparkling story about the influence of important historical figures is enhanced by tender, insightful illustrations.

"Being Teddy Roosevelt" is a 2008 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author

CLAUDIA MILLS lives in Boulder, Colorado, and is the author of the popular 7 x 9 = Trouble!, an ALA Notable Book. R. W. ALLEY is the illustrator of Ziggy's Blue-Ribbon Day by Claudia Mills. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island.

Praise For Being Teddy Roosevelt

"Mills writes with such a light, humorous touch that many scenes beg to be read aloud.  Much information is subtly woven in to the narrative, and the gathering of world leaders at the tea is a sight to behold."  --Kirkus Reviews "Enriched by its portrait of grade-school friendships and goofy classroom happenings." --Booklist "Bully for Riley and bully for Mills for writing a timely, comfortable school story filled with likable fourth graders."  --The Horn Book "Children will appreciate this gentle lesson about achieving a goal." -School Library Journal "Mills introduces an ingenious, likable lad. Alley's animated art enhances the tale's humor and helps capture the characters' diverse personalities."  --Publishers Weekly "A clever lead-in to a biographies unit, and the classroom, social, and family dynamics will be warmly and wryly familiar to middle-grade readers."  --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Mills offers her usual sparking humor and insight in this appealing story."--Buffalo News