Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends - David Stabler, Doogie Horner

Release Date- November 17, 2015


Description (Amazon):


The author and illustrator of Kid Presidents have reteamed to share 20 true tales from the childhoods of famous athletes. From Babe Ruth (so incorrigible that his parents put him in reform school at age 7) to Muhammad Ali (who learned to fight at age 12 after a thief stole his bicycle), Kid Athletes is packed with inspirational stories from the world of sports. Billie Jean King rose from modest circumstances to win 39 Grand Slam championships; race car champion Danica Patrick fended of bullies who told her "girls can't drive"; and martial arts legend Bruce Lee credited his success, in part, to childhood dance lessons. Every goal, touchdown, and championship comes to life in these kid-friendly and relatable stories, all with Doogie Horner’s whimsical full-color illustrations. Kid Athletes is a slam dunk for young sports fans everywhere.


My Thoughts:


This is interesting. I never would have guessed what some athletes did when they were children. This is great for kids who are sports fans. 


Do you know that Michael Jordan was electrocuted as a child? Or that Gabby Douglas would would use couches and chairs as springboard to spring herself into the air when she was just a toddler? If you want to know more things like this about famous athletes, this book is for you.


There are also cartoon like illustrated graphics that help to break up the story so that it doesn't look to be overwhelming for a younger reader.




Recommended for readers in grades 4 thru 7.