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


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

With all the best elements of Kid Presidents--colourful illustrations, kid-relatable subjects, true tales of overcoming adversity. -Kid Athletes tells true tales from the childhoods of a wide range of athletes. Did you know...Babe Ruth was so incorrigible he was sent to reform school at the age of seven. Historians now think the Babe may have suffered from attention deficit disorder, which contributed to his wild, hyperactive nature--and may have helped him develop his almost supernatural ability to hit a baseball. Mia Hamm was born with a club foot. She underwent multiple surgeries, had to wear special casts and corrective shoes until she was a toddler. She overcame her disability to become the most prolific goal scorer in the history of soccer. Muhammad Ali (aka Cassius Clay) learned how to fight after a thief stole his bicycle when he was twelve. When little Cassius vowed to whup the kid who'd swiped his wheels, a kindly police officer offered to give him boxing lessons. And a heavyweight legend was born. The lineup of potential subjects is exciting and diverse: female athletes like the Williams sisters, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Babe Didrikson Zaharias; African-American legends like Jackie Robinson and Michael Jordan; international stars like Yao Ming and Cristiano Ronaldo; and Native American icons like Jim Thorpe. With Doogie Horner's whimsical illustrations bringing every goal, touchdown, and championship to life, this book is a slam dunk for young readers.


In a lively tone accompanied by humorous cartoon illustrations, this collection of sports stories examines the childhoods of an impressively diverse group of influential athletes. - Booklist

Perfect for the adolescent set, these inspiring stories mix fun and non-fiction. Geeks of Doom ...outstanding...Inspiring and entertaining, Kid Athletes isn't just for sports fans. Booklist, starred review

About the Author

The author of Kid Presidents (Quirk, 2014), David Stabler is the kid-friendly alter ego of Robert Schnakenberg, a Senior Copywriter at Random House. Schnakenberg has written several books of pop history including Secret Lives of Great Authors (Quirk, 2007), Secret Lives of the Supreme Court (Quirk, 2008) and Distory: A Treasury of Historical Insults. His work has also appeared in The American Writer, and Real People; and online at Alternet, HoleCity, Mental Floss, and He has been a major contributor to numerous multi-volume reference works, including The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture; Fashion, Fad, and Style; and Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell Bottoms: Pop Culture of 20th Century America. Doogie Horner is a writer, illustrator, and stand-up comedian. His books include Kid Presidents (Quirk, 2014), 100 Ghosts (Quirk, 2013) and EVERYTHING EXPLAINED THROUGH FLOWCHARTS (HarperCollins, 2011).

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216 pages


David Stabler, Doogie Horner
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Publication date

20th November 2015



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