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Marilyn Singer

Who Named Their Pony Macaroni?: Poems about White House Pets


A family of mice.A runaway goat.A mischievous snake.A shocking parrot.A pardoned turkey.A pampered raccoon.A ghostbusting dog.A celebrity cow.The White House housed more than presidents and First Families--who could forget the furry, scaly, feathered friends who impressed the press, guarded their charges, and kept them company through all the ups and downs of their respective terms?Marilyn Singer's compelling poems will delight readers with stories of the creatures who sat beside our country's leaders, as she draws intriguing connections between the animals and the administrations they accompanied. Mixed-media illustrations by Ryan McAmis lend humor and vivacity, and detailed back matter explores each president's pet history in more depth.


About the Author
Marilyn Singer is the author of more than one hundred books for children and young adults, including Have You Heard About Lady Bird?: Poems About Our First LadiesRutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our PresidentsFeel the Beat!: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to SwingMirror MirrorEcho Echo and Monster Museum. She lives with her husband and a variety of creatures in Brooklyn, New York, and Washington, Connecticut. Visit her at

Ryan McAmis is a designer and illustrator whose clients have included the Washington Post, British GQ, Esquire UK, Politico, the Wall Street Journal, NYU, the Observer, Glamour, New Statesman, InStyle, National Journal, Soho House London, Les Echos, La Vanguardia, Mother London, Apple, and the Economist. Ryan is based in Brooklyn, New York, where he is currently at work building a miniature scale model of an Italian Gothic cathedral. Find out more at