Synopses & Reviews
What does it take to win eight gold medals? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Napping away three summer vacations? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Eating enough broccoli to fill the back of a pickup truck? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Swimming the length of the Great Wall of China three times?
"Swimming champ Phelps provides a playful account of what his preparation for the Beijing Olympics entailed. The text jumps from one analogy to the next, beginning with the six years he trained: 'That's a kindergartener's whole life! That's the same as 42 dog years!' Some comparisons wow more than others, as when Phelps equates the 12,480 miles he swam while training to swimming the full length of the Great Wall of China three times ('Perfect! Now do it two more times,' says his coach in the accompanying illustration, which shows the Great Wall as a pool that zigzags across mountains into the distance). Humorous but less compelling spreads demonstrate the time he spent napping during these training years. Many of the comparisons are downright silly, including the one that inspires the book's title, in which Phelps tallies the number of dinosaurs he could hypothetically leg-press in a single workout (nine tons worth). Debut illustrator Jenkins's digital cartoons comically mine this and other quirky references, depicting Phelps as a cheerful, larger-than-life caricature. Sports fans with a love of statistics should be both amused and impressed. Ages 4 8. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
With his record-breaking eight gold medals won for swimming in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Phelps became an international sensation. In this picture book, Phelps explains the mind-boggling statistics of his years of training in terms young kids can understand. Full color.
What does it take to win eight gold medals?
Napping away three summer vacations?
Eating enough broccoli to fill the back of a pickup truck?
Swimming the length of the Great Wall of China three times?
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Michael Phelpsandlt;/bandgt; is an American swimmer.andnbsp; He holds the record for winning the most gold medals (8) in a single Olympics (2008).andnbsp; He has won 16 Olympic medals, 14 gold and two bronze.andnbsp; He holds seven world records and has over 20 World Championship medals. After returning home from Beijing in 2008, Michael used the well-publicized $1 million dollar Speedo bonus to start the Michael Phelps Foundation through which he hopes to encourage children to lead healthy, active lives, and to continue to grow the sport of swimming.andnbsp; He now resides in Baltimore, MD with his dog Herman.Ward Jenkins is an illustrator and animator. His first picture book was andlt;Iandgt;How to Train with a T-Rex and Win Eight Gold Medalsandlt;/Iandgt; by Michael Phelps. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two children. andlt;bandgt;Alan Abrahamsonandlt;/bandgt; is an award-winning sportswriter and a recognized authority on the Olympics. In 2006, he left the Los Angeles Times, where he had been a staff writer for 17 years, to write for the NBC suite of online properties, which now includes NBCOlympics.com, NBCSports.com and UniversalSports.com. Since 2003, Alan has also served as a sports and Olympic analyst on NBC's television networks. Among other honors, Alan won the 2002 National Headliner Award for sports writing and was named the Los Angeles Press Club's 2004 sports journalist of the year. Alan and his wife, Laura, and their three children live in Southern California.