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The 2000 Year Old Man Goes to School    by Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner & James Bennett order for
2000 Year Old Man Goes to School
by Mel Brooks
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2005 (2005)

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

What would kids ask the Biblical Methuselah if he showed up today? Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner give their sly, witty take on the question as they tell us what happens when The 2000 Year Old Man Goes to School and speaks to elementary students. The picture book, enhanced by James Bennett's funny and colorful illustrations, is accompanied by an audio rendition in The 2000 Year Old Man Tells All CD.

A child asks the man what was used for transportation in his era. The answer? 'Mostly fear.' In fact, fear is his answer to many questions, including how singing, dancing, and the handshake all started. He explains how language began through onomatopoeia, and speaks of his time at Vesuvius University as 'the biggest mistake of my life'. He drops names like Robin Hood, King Arthur, William Shakespeare, Einstein ... and Murray, who serendipitously invented fire.

Kids will chuckle over this jumbled mix of strange history, weird legend, and zany advice - but listen to the CD too, as the humor works best when spoken.

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