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Hilarious childhood biographies and full-color illustrations show how Tiger Woods, Gabby Douglas, Bruce Lee, Bille Jean King, and other budding sports champions faced kid-sized challenges growing up.

Forget the gold medals, the championships, and the undefeated seasons. When all-star athletes were growing up, they had regular-kid problems just like you. Baseball legend Babe Ruth was such a troublemaker, his family sent him to reform school. Race car champion Danica Patrick fended off bullies who told her “girls can’t drive.” And football superstar Peyton Manning was forced to dance the tango in his school play. Kid Athletes tells all of their stories and more with full-color cartoon illustrations on every page. Other subjects include Billie Jean King, Jackie Robinson, Yao Ming, Gabby Douglas, Tiger Woods, Julie Krone, Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali, Bobby Orr, Lionel Messi, and more!

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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on November 17, 2015 by Quirk Books
ISBN-10: 1594748020
ISBN-13: 9781594748028
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  • tbugsoccer67
    tbugsoccer67Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 3:18 am44 stars
    This book is about some famous athletes and their childhoods. It talks about each of the funny, scary, and dangerous things they did as a child. Some of the famous athletes are: Gabby Douglas, Peyton Manning, Danica Patrick, and Tiger Woods. There are many more!
    • olliebob
      olliebobSunday, June 19, 2016 at 8:20 am33 stars
      Kid Athletes is all about famous athletes when they were kids, and what drove them to become who they are. Some of my favorite stories from this book were of Billie Jean King and Babe Ruth. Billie Jean King was a tennis player who never let a man named Perry T. Jones get in her way. Babe Ruth learned to be a bad kid in the saloon which his father owned. His parents decided he would have t go to reform school. There, he was made good by baseball and Brother Matthias. I recommend this book for people who like sports or history.
      • llpanda
        llpandaThursday, June 16, 2016 at 7:54 am55 stars
        If you want to read about Peyton Manning dancing the tango I recommend you read this book. Last year I read the Kid Presidents book and really loved it so when I found out that there was a Kid Athletes book I had to read it. I liked reading about all the things that these kid athletes went through. The drawings are funny and really help to complete the short stories. It was a really great book.
        • gso44
          gso44Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6:01 pm44 stars
          This book is sooo good. I won it in one of the giveaways and I do not regret entering it. This book tells about some of the greatest athletes on earth and what problems they went through before reaching fame.
          • nishia
            nishiaMonday, June 13, 2016 at 5:17 pm
            I like this book . It is interesting and teaches me things I never would have imagined . Like who would have guessed babe ruth went to reform school . Overall , this book is 4 stars . I would recommend it to people how like learning new stuff .
            • awesomeguy2000
              awesomeguy2000Monday, June 13, 2016 at 5:01 pm
              I love this book because i like exercising too and it is ver funny to me, like how he feels really disappointed when the "thief" stole his bicycle
              • hullo
                hulloMonday, June 13, 2016 at 3:08 pm55 stars
                This was an awesome book. It talked about athletes and theirs lives before they became really good. It was about how they were bullied and mistreated, but still managed to overcome them to become what they are currently. Read It!!
                • waterlily1255
                  waterlily1255Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 12:57 pm55 stars
                  I love athletes so this book was totally for me. It is extravagant and shows off the world in such a way that you will wonder how you kept up to date with athletes before this came into your life. Enjoy!!
                  • popbaby898
                    popbaby898Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 2:14 pm33 stars
                    I really liked reading this book about the childhoods of famous athletes! It was very inspiring to read! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about their favorite athletes!
                    • yaya35223
                      yaya35223Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 2:10 pm33 stars
                      This was a very inspiring book! I really enjoyed reading about the childhoods of some of my favorite athletes! I would recommend this book to anyone who really liked sports!

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