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1.0 out of 5 starsI wish there were negative stars
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2019
This book is just terrible. From beginning to end. Four students are picked to go back in time to take pictures for an eccentric billionaire - why these four kids? Heck if we know- they possess no special skills, they are truly unlikeable, they lie, steal and are genuinely frustrating- to the point of being unrealistic as people - This was such a disappointment - we have generally liked other books by this author - but these characters lack charm and the story is so rushed and scattered... generally unpleasant.
4.0 out of 5 starsExcellent Gateway to Non-Fiction!
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2020
My daughter fell in love with Dan Gutman's Weird School series. Now that she is a bit older, I grabbed the Flashback Four: The Lincoln Project, but she was hesitant to read it because it was about history, which is apparently not as interesting. Finally, on a day when she had "nothing else to read," she gave it a try and was instantly hooked! She did nothing else all day but read until she hit the last page, and then she immediately demanded the next book. In the course of three days she read the entire series. Now she wants to know MORE! I love it. We checked out some non-fiction books about the same events, and she devoured them too. Thank you Dan Gutman for always making us laugh, and now thank you again for getting my daughter interested in history.
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2016
This book reads like a history lesson trying to be a story rather than a story that also happens to be a history lesson. The omniscient narrator took me out of the action and kept me from getting a feel for any of the characters. The entire episode felt superficial.
My son loves this book so much! He constantly would tell us all about the book & Abraham Lincoln. It fostered an interest in the history portrayed in the book! Thanks Dan for writing books that keep his interest!