What To Do About Alice?

How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World,

and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!


“I can be president of the United States, or I can control Alice. 

I cannot possibly do both.”


                                          Theodore Roosevelt

Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

Published by Scholastic Press, 2008

ISBN 978-0-439-92231-9

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Sibert Honor Book

ALA Notable Book

Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book

Irma Black Award Honor Book

Parents Choice Award

Best Books of the Year -- Publishers Weekly

Best Books of the Year -- School Library Journal

Best Books of the Year -- Kirkus Reviews

Washington State Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award

California Collections

Capitol Choices

New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

Nominated for Young Reader Awards in Texas, Illinois, Utah, and Tennessee

"Irrepressible Alice Roosevelt gets a treatment every bit as attractive and exuberant as she was....  Kerley's text has the same rambunctious spirit as its subject, grabbing readers from the first line....  The large format gives Fotheringham, in his debut, plenty of room for spectacular art."

                                                                                        Booklist, starred review

"Kerley's text gallops along with a vitality to match her subject's antics, as the girl greets White House visitors accompanied by her pet snake, refuses to let leg braces cramp  her style, dives fully clothed into a ship's swimming pool, and also earns her place in history as one of her father's trusted advisers.... Fascinating."

                                                                    School Library Journal, starred review

"It's hard to imagine a picture book biography that could better suit its subject than this high-energy volume serves young Alice Roosevelt."        


                                                                        Publishers Weekly, starred review

"What to do about Alice?  Enjoy!"  Horn Book, starred review

"Superb."  Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Did you know?...

Alice was so popular that she even a color named after her -- Alice Blue -- a lovely pale shade said to match the color of her eyes.  Using finger paints in the three primary colors (blue, yellow, and red) plus white and black (to make tints lighter or darker) mix the color that best represents YOU.  Then paint a picture of yourself wearing a gown or suit of your own color.

<  Alice Blue

My favorite color, which I’ll call Barb Blue. >

(But YOUR favorite color doesn’t have to be blue, of course!  It could be green, red, pink, orange, purple, yellow...  And some people don’t have A favorite color, they have lots of colors they like, in which case your self-portrait is going to be wearing a really crazy outfit.)