Disclaimer: Won from Quirk Books during ArmchairBEA 2015. Receiving this book in no way alters my opinion or review.
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: November 17, 2015 TODAY!
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.
Kid Athletes is a fun book about various athletes during their childhoods. The tales about about 10 pages long for each athlete and tell a story that helped get them to the place they are today - as well known, successful athletes. Some of the athletes included are Danica Patrick, Mohammad Ali, Bruce Li, Gabby Douglas etc. There are a wide range of sports included, both males and females, and older as well as more recent athletes. So the book did a great job hitting the spectrum.
I enjoyed reading about these people and it is always refreshing to know that they led very normal lives at one point. I think young readers will enjoy the stories too. There are a lot of fun facts about the various athletes and any kid that enjoys sports will get a few good laughs.
Overall, I found this book very well done. It was entertaining and enjoyable and I think a young reader would like it. I plan on passing my copy along to my younger brothers who are very into sports facts, but I think a young girl would be just as amused.