What To Do About Alice? : How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!

by Barbara Kerley, Illustrated By Edwin Fotheringham

Scholastic Press
March 2008

Ages 9 – 12 . Grades 4 – 7

Library of Congress: 2006038372

Lexile measure: AD800L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: R



A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book
A Sibert Honor Book

* "Superb... a gleeful celebration." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Theodore Roosevelt had a small problem. Her name was Alice. Alice Lee Roosevelt was hungry to go places, meet people, do things. Father called it "running riot." Alice called it "eating up the world." Whether she was entertaining important White House visitors with her pet snake or traveling the globe, Alice bucked convention and turned every new experience into an adventure!

Brimming with affection and wit, this spirited biography gives readers a peek at family life inside the White House. Prose and pictures spring, gambol, and two-step across the pages to celebrate a maverick American heroine.
Edwin Fotheringham

Edwin Fotheringham’s stylish, award-winning illustrations have graced the pages of The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many other publications. He has illustrated numerous highly acclaimed nonfiction picture books, such as Barbara Kerley's What to Do About Alice?, a Sibert Honor Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book; The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy), a New York Public Library Best Children's Book; Those Rebels, John & Tom, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book; and A Home for Mr. Emerson, a NAPPA Gold Award winner; as well as younger fiction picture books, such as Pam Muñoz Ryan's Tony Baloney and the eponymous beginning reader series, Jennifer Hamburg's Monkey and Duck Quack Up!, a spring 2015 Indie Favorite, and Andria Rosenbaum’s Big Sister, Little Monster. Ed lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit him online at
Barbara Kerley

Barbara Kerley is a two-time Sibert Honoree and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honoree whose award-winning biographies include What to Do About Alice?, The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy), Those Rebels, John & Tom, and A Home for Mr. Emerson, all illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham; Tigers & Tea with Toppy, illustrated by Matte Stephens; and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and Walt Whitman: Words for America, illustrated by Brian Selznick. Kerley's books have all been praised for their lively prose, meticulous research, and artistic presentation style. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at


  • Starred Review, Booklist, December 15, 2007
    \u0022Irrepressible Alice Roosevelt gets a treatment every bit as attractive and exuberant as she was....The large format gives Fotheringham, in his debut, plenty of room for spectacular art.\u0022
  • Starred Review, Kirkus, February 1, 2008
    \u0022Theodore Roosevelt\u2019s irrepressible oldest child receives an appropriately vivacious appreciation in this superb picture book.... Kerley\u2019s precise text presents readers with a devilishly smart, strong-willed girl who was determined to live life on her own terms—and largely succeeded.\u0022
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2008
    \u0022Kerley\u2019s text gallops along with a vitality to match her subject\u2019s 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\u2019s swimming pool, and also earns her place in history as one of her father\u2019s trusted advisers. Fotheringham\u2019s digitally rendered, retro-style illustrations are a superb match for the text.\u0022



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780439922319

48pp. | 8-½ x 12