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And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?

post written by Emma Filbrun

Title: And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?
Author: Jean Fritz
Major Themes: Boston, Paul Revere, Battle of Lexington and Concord, American Revolution
Synopsis: Humorous text and fun pictures tell the story of one of the most famous patriots in the American Revolution.

Ever since I discovered them sometime in the 1980s, I have enjoyed Jean Fritz’s books about American History for children. They are humorous, and I think she sticks pretty close to the facts. And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? is my favorite book about this particular patriot. It’s short and easy to read, and the many pictures really add to the story.

The book begins with a list of everything in Boston: There were 42 streets, 36 lanes, 418 horses, and so many dogs that they lost count and prohibited large ones! There were also people, including young Paul Revere. This young man was always very busy, except the summer he tried to fight the French or the Indians and instead swatted flies for months. After that, he got married and started filling up his house with children—and was busier than ever!

Then, things started becoming tense with the British. Paul soon found himself in the thick of this struggle. Of course, most of the action was in Boston, so he had lots to do, carrying messages here and there. Jean Fritz has inserted lots of humor into this part of the story, too—I love the picture of Paul’s dog taking his spurs to him after he forgot them! Paul’s involvement with the Battles of Lexington and Concord is rather funny, too. And, where did the title come from? The author imagines Paul’s grandchildren asking him about his experiences during the Revolution, and asking repeatedly, “And then what happened?”

If you have a child who likes history, or just plain good stories, or if you are studying the American Revolution, this book is great. It has enough pictures that slightly struggling readers will be able to handle it, but the story is interesting enough that they will want to read it.

WARNING: On page 34, an officer uses the word damn, and threatens to blow Paul’s brains out.

Age Levels:

Read Aloud—Ages 5 – 8, 8 – 12
Reading Independently—Ages 7 – 9, 8 – 12


Links to buy And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?:

Amazon: Paperback

AbeBooks: View Choices on

Book Depository: Paperback


Boston, Paul Revere, Battle of Lexington and Concord, Biography, American Revolution

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