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O'Brien, John 1953-

Overview
Works: 132 works in 367 publications in 5 languages and 64,766 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Biography  Fiction  Poetry  History  Stories in rhyme  Humorous fiction  Miscellanea  Biographies  Braille books 
Roles: Author, Illustrator
Classifications: QP425, B
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Most widely held works about John O'Brien
 
Most widely held works by John O'Brien
All about sleep from A to ZZZZ by Elaine Scott( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 3,151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Learn all about sleep: what it is, how it works, and why you should care about it
The fastest game on two feet : and other poems about how sports began by Alice Low( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 2,227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sports have origins in all kinds of activities, such as playing with sticks and stones, running from threats, and taking part in religious ceremonies. Using conjecture and historical facts, this book of poetry and prose relates how nineteen sports got their start and grew into the games we know today
Mistakes that worked by Charlotte Foltz Jones( Book )

21 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Do you know how many things in your daily life were invented by accident? SANDWICHES came about when an English earl was too busy gambling to eat his meal and needed to keep one hand free. POTATO CHIPS were first cooked by a chef who was furious when a customer complained that his fried potatoes weren't thin enough. Coca-Cola, Silly Putty, and X rays have fascinating stories behind them too! Their unusual tales, and many more, along with hilarious cartoons and weird, amazing facts, make up this fun-filled book about everyday items that had surprisingly haphazard beginnings."--
The beach patrol by John O'Brien( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1,652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the beach patrol's typical day on a crowded beach, including the equipment, terminology, characteristics of the ocean, and behavior of beach goers with which a lifeguard must be familiar
Who was Ben Franklin? by Dennis B Fradin( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the eighteenth-century printer, publisher, inventor, scientist, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States
Sir Small and the dragonfly by Jane O'Connor( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 1,331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a dragonfly swoops over the town of Pee Wee and carries Lady Teena away, brave Sir Small rides off on his trusty ant vowing to rescue her
Red, white, blue, and Uncle who? : the stories behind some of America's patriotic symbols by Teresa Bateman( Book )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This information-packed potpourri of trivia and important facts does indeed give the stories behind 17 American patriotic symbols as diverse as Uncle Sam, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Great Seal. The lively text moves along so merrily that readers will be surprised to discover how much material is included. Each topic is given two to four pages including one or more sophisticated, witty, black-and-white line drawings. For the most part, the information is clear and complete. The coverage of the Korean War Memorial is especially welcome as there is not much in print on it. However, explaining the Vietnam War and the Korean conflict in a few sentences proves somewhat difficult. The text throughout the book is easy to read with uncomplicated sentences and short paragraphs and plenty of white space. This appealing book will be welcomed by report writers and browsers and will be a great addition to units on American history
Who was Thomas Jefferson? by Dennis B Fradin( Book )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 1,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the third president of the United States and writer of the Declaration of Independence
Who was Harry Houdini? by Tui Sutherland( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 1,232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the famous magician who was also a movie star and a pioneer pilot
Who was Abraham Lincoln? by Janet B Pascal( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in Spanish and English and held by 1,228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who was Abraham Lincoln? A boy who only had a year of schooling? A practical joker? One of the greatest presidents ever? All of the above! Find out more about the real Abraham Lincoln in this illustrated biography
Six creepy sheep by Judith Ross Enderle( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relates in rhyme the adventures of six little sheep who go trick-or-treating on Halloween night
Who was Mark Twain? by April Jones Prince( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 1,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A humorist, narrator, and social observer, Mark Twain is unsurpassed in American literature. Best known as the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Accidents may happen by Charlotte Foltz Jones( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes how a wide variety of things such as nursery rhymes, the national anthem, anesthesia, cellophane, raisins, and dynamite came into being. Fifty products, like dynamite and yo-yos, that came into being by accident. A sequel to Mistakes That Worked (1991). From Wheaties to telephones, microwave ovens to yo-yos, here are the inspiring and often funny stories of 50 mistakes and misunderstandings that helped bring about life as we know it. With hilarious cartoons and wacky facts, this fascinating compendium illustrates the adage "If you don't learn from your mistakes, there's no sense making them."
How sweet it is (and was) : the history of candy by Ruth Freeman Swain( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a brief history of a variety of candies and chewing gum. Includes recipes for sugar paste, fudge, and taffy
Poof! by John O'Brien( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two married wizards find that using magic to do the household chores can produce unusual results
Who was Thomas Alva Edison? by Margaret Frith( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to the life and accomplishments of Thomas Edison, America's most famous inventor
I know a shy fellow who swallowed a cello by Barbara S Garriel( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 1,034 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An adaptation of the folk rhyme "There was an old woman who swallowed a fly", featuring musical instruments
Who was Louis Armstrong? by Yona Zeldis McDonough( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If not for a stint in reform school, young Louis Armstrong might never have become a musician. It was a teacher at the Colored Waifs? Home who gave him a cornet, promoted him to band leader, and saw talent in the tough kid from the even tougher New Orleans neighborhood called Storyville. But it was Louis Armstrong?s own passion and genius that pushed jazz into new and exciting realms with his amazing, improvisational trumpet playing. His seventy-year life spanned a critical time in American music as well as black history
Who was Elvis Presley? by Geoff Edgers( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles the "King of Rock 'n Roll," focusing on how he got his start in singing and how his style influenced later musicians
Who was Jackie Robinson? by Gail Herman( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to the life and career of baseball's Jackie Robinson
 
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All about sleep from A to ZZZZ
Alternative Names
O'Brien, John Thomas.

O'Brien, John Thomas 1953-

Oburaien, Jon 1953-

או'בריאן, ג'ון 1953-

או'ברין, ג'ון 1953-

오브라이언, 존 1953-

オブライエン, ジョン

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The fastest game on two feet : and other poems about how sports beganMistakes that workedThe beach patrolWho was Ben Franklin?Sir Small and the dragonflyRed, white, blue, and Uncle who? : the stories behind some of America's patriotic symbolsWho was Thomas Jefferson?Who was Harry Houdini?